Ft McKavett Calendar of Events
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October 13: Fort McKavett Archaeology Day and Fall Star Party
Open to Public: Saturday October 13, 10am-3pm, then Dusk- midnight
Join us for a day and night of exploration as we spend the day looking at artifacts found at Fort McKavett during the archaeological digs done since the 1970’s. See the amazing finds of stones, glassware, metal buttons and fragments, and much more. Stay with us or come back after dusk and gaze upon the heavens with the Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society as they use their high-powered telescopes to reach into and beyond the stars!
November 9-11: “Instruction… to a limited extent…”
Open to Public: Saturday November 10, 12pm-4pm
FALL IN and join members of Company H, 8th US Infantry as they practice their close order drill in preparation for a garrison reenactment event in the Fall of 2019. Saturday, the soldiers will go into Menard to participate in the annual Veterans Day Parade before returning to the fort to continue their drill practice. New reenactor volunteers are encouraged to stay on site and immerse themselves in Fort McKavett’s historical location. If interested, please RSVP by November 1 to Kevin.Malcolm@thc.texas.gov.
December 21-23: A Soldier’s Christmas
Open to Public: Saturday December 22, 10am-4pm
Ring in the holidays with us here at Fort McKavett! Join site staff and reenactor volunteers as they host the Christmas holiday with period celebrations, decoration crafting, caroling, food, and much more! Reenactor volunteers are welcome to join us in period clothes and enjoy all the festivities of Christmas on the 19th Century Frontier. If you have a traditional family recipe, feel free to bring it with you! A Christmas dinner and gala will commence on Saturday afternoon and will run into the evening. If interested, please RSVP no later than December 10 to Kevin.Malcolm@thc.texas.gov.
You MUST RSVP to be able to participate in after hour activites
January 12: Ration Making Workshop
Open to Public: Saturday January 12, 10am-4pm
Does your impression leave you hungry for more authenticity? Does the cooler in the corner of your tent keep you from displaying your otherwise beautiful period sleeping quarters? Fear the farbiness no more! At this event we will teach workshop attendees to make their own period rations including salt pork, hard tack, and desiccated vegetables. These items, recreated to match 19th Century Army rations are perfect for your next reenactment or living history event. We will also have the ability to purchase fabric to make poke sacks to keep all your different foods separate in your haversack and sewing machines available to stitch them up! If interested, please RSVP no later than December 15th to Kevin.Malcolm@thc.texas.gov.
February 8-10: Confederate Camp of Instruction
Open to Public: Saturday February 9, 10am-3pm
Join members of the Trans-Mississippi Hellcats Mess as they host a Camp of Instruction focused on perfecting close order infantry drill using Hardee’s Drill Manual. This camp is meant to assist new and old members of the Trans-Mississippi Hellcats Mess, the Magnolia Mess, and any others interested in Confederate progressive campaign reenacting get prepared for future events such as Ft. Blakeley (April 5-7) and Raymond (May 18-19). This event will be curated so reenactors will require approval from event organizers before attending. If interested, please RSVP no later than January 15 to Kevin.Malcolm@thc.texas.gov.
March 22-23: All Work and No Play?
Open to Public: Saturday March 23, 10am-4pm
Join us as we spend the day unraveling from all the hard duties soldiers performed during their service on the Texas frontier. Sing and hum along with musicians as they sing historic songs and play period instruments. Enter the gambling hall and let the hole in your pocket expand under the supervision of William B. “Bat” Masterson. Reenactors are encouraged to stay on site and let the good times continue into the evening. Please RSVP no later than March 1 to Kevin.Malcolm@thc.texas.gov
April 12-14: Volunteer and Docent Training
This is NOT a public Program. I’m not sure if it should be advertised on the website or what. This should be included in the newsletter, however.
In preparation for new educational programs at Fort McKavett, Site Staff is hosting a two-day workshop to teach new and veteran reenactors and site volunteers about new programs, delivery methods, site-specific impressions, site operations, and more highly useful information. Our family of volunteers in second to none in enthusiasm for Fort McKavett and with our new direction, we want to bring them all up to speed on what we are looking to do in the future. This training is not limited to reenactors and living historians. Site hosts and other volunteers are welcome to attend as well. Accommodations are available on a first-come first-serve basis as in past events such as West Texas Heritage Days. We highly encourage any Fort McKavett living historian, reenactor, site host, and volunteer to attend this very important step into the future of Fort McKavett SHS. Please RSVP no later than March 15 to Kevin.Malcolm@thc.texas.gov.
May 3-4: West Texas Heritage Days
Open to Public: Friday & Saturday, 8am-5pm
Fort McKavett State Historic Site will come to life on May 4th $ 5th, 2018, as Living Historians from around the state gather to portray life as it would have been at the fort in the 1800s. Throughout the day, activities will include military drills, Native Indian demonstrations, Buffalo Soldiers, Buffalo Hunters, Chuck Wagon demonstrations, the Texas Camel Corps, the Texas Longhorn herd, a one-room schoolhouse lesson, frontier woodworking, weavers, seamstresses and much more. There will be infantry and artillery firing demonstrations periodically throughout the day with 6 or more cannons all firing together! The Ice House Brass Band will perform during a barbeque lunch offered to the public by the Friends of Fort McKavett. Donations to help defray the cost of the food will be appreciated. The Sahawe Indian Dancers, members of Boy Scout Troop and Venture 181 from Uvalde, will present a colorful and fast moving variety of Native American dances will perform at 2:00 p.m.
June 8: Tradesmen and Craftswomen
Open to Public: Saturday June 8, 10am-3pm
Come out to the Fort and meet with various historic tradesmen (and women) as they show off their skills in their various crafts. From blacksmithing and tailoring to photography and carpentry, many historic trades will be featured, displaying the life of craftsmen before factories made them obsolete. After you visit the fort, be sure to swing down the Ft. McKavett Volunteer Fire Department to support their efforts in their annual barbecue cook-off!
July 19-20: Tailor’s Shop at Fort McKavett
Open to Public: Saturday July 20, 10am-3pm
Come out and join us as living historians and reenactors demonstrate methods of tailoring from the 19th Century. See many things from shirts to pants to uniforms be created or practice your stitches! For materials lists and additional information, please RSVP no later than July 1 to Kevin.Malcolm@thc.texas.gov.
Other events listed are attended and supported by Fort McKavett Volunteers and/or staff.
Be sure to stop by and visit with us.