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Re-enactors portray McHenry County life in 1850s, WWI

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  • McHenry County Conservation District's Living History Open House will step back in time to the early 1900s. Visit with World War I re-enactors and learn how families participated in programs such as Victory Gardens to support the war effort.

      McHenry County Conservation District's Living History Open House will step back in time to the early 1900s. Visit with World War I re-enactors and learn how families participated in programs such as Victory Gardens to support the war effort.

 

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Step back in time to the 1850s and World War I at McHenry County Conservation District's Living History Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 at Glacial Park's Powers-Walker House, 6201 Harts Road, Ringwood.

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Tour the restored Greek revival house circa 1854 and learn more about the Powers and Walker families that called this area home.

Volunteers in historical attire will be on hand to answer questions, offer tours and demonstrate skills appropriate to the season.

There will be several special presentations during the event focusing on the history of the house, its residents and the region during World War I.

Hear the remembrances of Clara Lillian Miller, a former resident of the house, and piece together what daily life was like during the early 1900s, around 2 p.m. Visit with World War I re-enactors as they discuss the role of "our boys" and display original war equipment.

Learn how War Bonds, Victory Gardens, Liberty Cabbage, Cities for Jobs, Cut-A-Cord, Oaths of Conservation, and concerns about water quality affected life at Powers-Walker house and the area during this time.

The program is free and registration is not required for this drop-in event. For more information, call Prairieview Education Center at (815) 479-5779 or visit www.MCCDistrict.org.

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