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Article updated: 5/7/2011 2:54 PM

Revolutionary War re-enactment comes to Mount Prospect

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The Mount Prospect Historical Society, in conjunction with the Mount Prospect Park District and the North West Territory Alliance (NWTA), announced that they will hold a Revolutionary War encampment/re-enactment at Lions Park, 411 S. Maple St., Mount Prospect on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15.

Titled "Colony and Crown: A Revolutionary Experience," the two-day event will feature approximately 150 members of the NWTA, the premiere Revolutionary War re-enactment group in the Midwest, camping, cooking, fighting and working as our ancestors would have in the mid-1770s.

Participants are expected to come from as far away as Ohio and Minnesota to participate in the authentic encampment, as well as in battle demonstrations, tomahawk and bayonet contests, artillery demonstrations, colors ceremonies and much more.

Authentic period merchants will be on hand to peddle handmade Revolutionary-style items. In addition, knowledgeable re-enactors, dressed in incredibly authentic period dress, will enthusiastically relate to children and adults how our forefathers lived, dressed, worked and fought for our freedom.

"NWTA members are enthusiastic about adding this event to their yearly schedule of encampments," explained Greg Peerbolte, executive director of the Mount Prospect Historical Society. "Re-enactments this close to major metropolitan areas are rare. Most are held in more rural areas. So they are pleased to start their 2011 season with an encampment that members of the public can easily reach via either public transportation or private vehicle."

Lions Park is located a scant two blocks from the Mount Prospect Metra station. In addition, an abundance of free parking will be available within a short walk of the encampment.

Admission to "Colony and Crown" will be $10 for adults and $5 for children, ages 3-12. Those 2 and under are free. Refreshments at the event will be sold by the Mount Prospect Park District, but there is also an abundance of restaurants available in nearby downtown Mount Prospect, according to Peerbolte.

For more information about "Colony and Crown," log onto www.mtphist.org.

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