It is a sure sign of fall when the spicy sweet smell of apples slowly cooking over an open fire fill the air at the Camden County Historical Museum.
This year, the annual Apple Butter Festival will also include a living history with mountain men and Missouri history lessons.
The Living History area of the festival will be held on the museum grounds and will bring to life different aspects of Missouri history. The Mountain Men will tell the story of the beaver and how they were trapped, used, and hunted along Missouri’s rivers until almost extinct.
A small encampment will be on display with live participants explaining life in a Civil War camp. Speakers are scheduled to speak on different aspects of Missouri history. There will be live demonstrations of making apple butter over an open fire in a huge copper pot, while the Long family demonstrates the making of lye soap over their own open fires.
An Osage Indian will show off his ability to make beautiful wooden flutes and Jim White will give lessons on the art of blacksmithing. The traveling Civil War in Missouri tent will be available for your perusal, as the history of the war in Missouri is imprinted on the walls of the tent.
The children will enjoy making their own rope, riding a pony, and playing games children enjoyed in earlier years.
Meanwhile, inside the museum, the annual Apple Butter Festival will be in full swing with a selection of craftsmen and, of course, the museum apple butter and pies.
The event will be held on the grounds of the Camden County Museum at Highway 54 and State Rd. V in Linn Creek. The event opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Contact 573-346-7191 or www.camdencountymuseum.com.
For more information about the grants programs, contact the Missouri Humanities Council by calling 314-781-9660.
The Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) has awarded a grant of $2,500 to the Camden County Historical Society in support of the project “Living History & Apple Butter Festival Weekend.”
The MHC is the only state-wide agency in Missouri devoted exclusively to humanities education for citizens of all ages. It has served as a state affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities since 1971.