July 26, 2008

Apple River Fort Event Focuses on 19th Century Medical Care

Early 19th century medical treatments for the living and funeral preparations for the dead will be demonstrated during Mourning & Healing on the Prairie, part of the Living History Weekend scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2 at Apple River Fort State Historic Site in Elizabeth. The event is free and open to the public, and will allow visitors to participate as "patients" and mourners at an 1832 wake.The fort's blockhouse will serve as headquarters for a period doctor and midwife who will treat "patients" (visitors) for a variety of 19th century maladies.Costumed interpreters will demonstrate a variety of summer seasonal chores that may include hearth cooking, gardening, lead bullet molding, wood splitting and more.

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