SOUTH HOLLAND | Sand Ridge Nature Center invites the public to step back in time and experience the life of a pioneer or other early American at the 37th annual Settler's Day celebration on Nov. 22.
The event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. is at the center, 15891 Paxton Ave.
The nature center will be transformed into a setting depicting life in America in the early 1800s. Volunteers will be in period dress and demonstrate pioneer activities, including cooking over an open fire, candle dipping and everyday life in a log cabin.
Visitors can also take a "wagon train" hike, which simulates an eight-day, 200-mile journey from Ohio to Illinois. They'll have to select supplies from a list then skillfully manage them to last the entire trip. Unforeseen events inevitably occur along the way.
Native American history, early French fur trading, American Revolutionary and Civil War encampments depicting life during those times are also featured. Guided history hikes and demonstrations about how pioneers grew and used plants and herbs will be presented by naturalists and volunteers.
Children can make a craft to take home and test their stamina in the two-person bucksaw.
There will also be displays on local Native American archaeology and pioneer wares.
Working dogs will also be presented, performing typical tasks such as pulling a cart of firewood or water.
A blacksmith will explain his art and a flint knapper, a person who makes stone tools, will demonstrate his work and have flint knapping kits for sale.
The event is free but donations of money or nonperishable foods to benefit a local food depository will be accepted.
For more information call (708) 868-0606 or visit www.fpdcc.com.