The Miners Hall and Crawford County Historical museums are packed full of artifacts from the past.
The history will come to life when people reenact battles, as people take a candlelight tour through days of the past and inside the minds of people touring exhibits.
“In Pittsburg, we don’t call it Labor Day weekend anymore,” CCHM Director Amanda Minton said. “We call it Little Balkans Days because we all come together and celebrate our heritage.”
Miners Hall Museum will be using its artifacts in a scavenger hunt from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday at the museum.
People will be given a series of historical questions which fit the museum’s quarterly exhibit on railroads.
For example, MHM Trustee Linda Roberts said, they may be asked, “Who sent the postcard to Dr. Keller?” They would look at a postcard on display which they would determine the answer through the signature.
Roberts said the scavenger hunt is a good introduction to coal mining history.
“A lot of people don’t realize there was coal mining and such a broad amount of it,” she said. “At one point in time we were the third largest supplier of coal in the U.S.”
If people guess the answers correct they can be entered into a drawing. The first person drawn will receive $50 cash prize and the second drawn will win $25.
The winners will be announced at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Polka Dance & Chicken Dinner at Meadowbrook Mall. The winners do not have to be present.
A hop and a skip away is the Crawford County Historical Museum.
People can visit with soldiers and citizens from the “past” during the Civil War Living History: Candlelight Camp Tour from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday.
“They are really dedicated to their craft,” CCHM Director Amanda Minton said.
During the Civil War period people had to make the things they needed, such as fire pit holders to hold up dutch ovens.
Minton said there are new civilian reenactors this year who will demonstrate how to make a rope, broom, herbal medicine and more.
Civil War Living History School Day Tours at the museum will also take place on Friday. Teachers — including Pittsburg State University’s Intensive English Program — will bring their students to the museum to discover military and civilian issues during the war, visit military camp and interact with soldiers with hands-on activities, Minton said.
“This is how they learn about our culture and our country,” Minton said. “What a better way than to come to a museum.”
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, CCHM will host Civil War Living History: Battle Reenactments. The reenactments will be at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. with skirmishes during the day.
The events a CCHM will wrap up between noon and 4 p.m. on Sunday with open exhibits indoors and outdoors.
Schedule of events
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Civil War Living History School Day Tours at CCHM
Students join reenactors as they learn about military and civilian issues during the war, visit military camp and interact with soldiers with hands-on activities.
7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Civil War Living History: Candlelight Camp Tour at CCHM
Visitors can walk throughout the camps and battlefield to visit with volunteers portraying citizens and soldiers. Watch as men are sworn into service, weapons are being cleaned, and women send off their loved ones. Listen to soldiers talk around the campfire and play music to help pass the time.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Scavenger Hunt: Mining for Treasure at Miners Hall Museum.
Participate in the “Mining for Treasure” scavenger hunt. Names will be entered into a drawing for the completion of the scavenger hunt. Prizes are $50 for drawing first and $25 for drawing second.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Civil War Living History: Battle Reenactments at CCHM
Visitors can explore the armies’ camps and aspects of the period, including battle reenactments at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. with skirmishes during the day. Period activities will be demonstrated throughout the day. Author, Steve Weldon’s program on the Raider Farm Massacre will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Education Room.
Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, History of Crawford County at CCHM
Explore Crawford County’s rich history at CCHM through exhibits, indoor displays, and horse drawn vehicles. Outdoor exhibits include an authentic one-room schoolhouse, neighborhood grocery store and coal mining steam shovel.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.