Heritage Folk Life and Pioneer Days at the museum Oct. 20-22

NEMiss.News Pioneer Days 2019



Heritage days at the Union County Heritage Museum are October 20, 21, 22 this year. The annual event brings hundreds to the hands-on living history event for students and families. This is a living history slice of Mississippi History.

This museum event is a history lesson with activities for the young and old. It centers around how they dressed, built their homes, produced and cooked food, played games, music, and more. This event is in its 20th year.

“Thursday, Oct. 20, 9 – 12, is for special needs youth and adults. Friday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. is for classes of school children and Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. is for families,” said Jill Smith , Museum Director.

NEmiss.News Pioneer Days 2018

Wash day at Pioneer Days.

This event gives children a chance to experience life when people had to physically do hard work on the farm. It also give them a chance to work and play the way children once played. Sack races, games of skill, school yard games and the one-room school, and folk toys are all part of this experience.

Arella Alpaca Farms will participate this year by bringing their animals as well as giving children a chance to create felted soap.

Medicines made by hand, such as sassafras tea, front porch music and heritage crafts are all part of the event. Blacksmithing, basketmaking, yarn spinning, food preservation and other activities, gives a link for festival goers to enjoy life in the past.

New Albany MS Pioneer Days folk music

Mitch Stone plays folk music for children visiting at Pioneer Days 2019.

It takes many volunteers to make this event successful. “We give a heartfelt thanks to the people who have always supported Pioneer Days by lending a helping hand. Blue Mountain College gives their students the opportunity to help for which we are very grateful,” Smith said. These volunteers and our Community Partners made museum events possible.”

Pioneer Days

Sawing logs, pioneer style, at the Union Co. Heritage Museum Pioneer Days 2008.

This is a free event made possible by the museum’s Community Partners. The event is weather permitting.

The museum is located at 114 Cleveland Street in New Albany. Call 662-538-0014 for more information.

Jill Smith, Director
Union County Heritage Museum
114 Cleveland Street
New Albany, MS 38652

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