Desoto County Historical Society 13th Annual Pioneer Day

Veterans Park, DeSoto County 2195 NW American Legion Dr, Arcadia, Florida 34266

March 18, 09:00:00 AM — 03:00:00 PM

Desoto County Historical Society 13th Annual Pioneer Day & BBQ Cook Off Pioneer Day offers family fun of all kinds. Special and traditional Florida foods--such as swamp cabbage and strawberry shortcake--are available. A “Discover History” hands-on area is FREE for children and includes old-fashioned toys and games, cane pole fishing, washing with a a scrub board and wash pot, a pitcher pump, writing with a dip pen, orange juicin’, and more. Demonstrators show off their skills in basket-weaving, black-smithing, butter-churning, candledipping, quilting, soap-making, spinning, woodworking, and other crafts. Organizations display their history. The Suncoast Dulcimers--a hammered dulcimer group; the Fiddle Crabs--an old-time string band; Barney and Penny Meese; and Lee James entertain along with legendary characters Arcadia Albritton Coker and James Mitchell “Acrefoot” Johnson--plus a frontier shoot-out at noon. Animals, antique engines, vintage automobiles, a classic fire truck, Florida authors and artists--all showcase Florida’s unique heritage and history. See link for more information

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Discover Archaeology Day: Florida Caverns State Park

Florida Caverns State Park 3345 Caverns Road

March 18, 10:00:00 AM — 02:00:00 AM

Bring your artifacts to be identified, learn about archaeology in your area, pick up informative literature, learn with hands-on activities, and find out about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities!

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Archaeology Day at the Deering Estate

Deering Estate 16701 SW 72 Avenue

March 18, 10:00:00 AM — 04:00:00 PM

In celebration of the 2017 Florida Archaeology Month, the Deering Estate will host its 5th annual Archaeology Day on Saturday, March 18, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Activities and programs for the entire family include educational activities and walking tours of the Estate’s unique natural areas. Cost: $7 for ages 4 & older. The program schedule for the 2017 Archaeology Day at the Deering Estate: Living Classroom: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Historic House Tour: 10:30 am & 3:00 pm Demonstration Archaeological Adventure: 11:00 am & 1:00 pm Tequesta Walking Tour: 12:30 pm

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Eglin Archaeology Day

Jackson Guard 107 Hwy 85 N

March 18, 10:30:00 AM — 02:30:00 PM

Join us in celebrating Florida Archaeology Month! This family-friendly events features local exhibitors with information and fun hands-on activities related to local history and archaeology. Chat with local archaeologists, visit a native plant garden, and get involved! This event is FREE and open to the public.

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Prehistoric Pottery

New Smyrna Museum of History 120 Sams Ave

March 18, 11:00:00 AM — 01:00:00 PM

Participants learn about the advent of pottery in Florida, and do hands-on experimentation using play-doh to explore pottery-making and -decorating technology. The lesson also teaches about how pottery can help archaeologists understand a site and its prehistoric people.

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PBJ: How (and why!) Archaeologists Find Sites (Kids)

Tibet Butler Preserve 8777 Winter Garden-Vineland Road Orlando, FL 32836

March 18, 11:00:00 AM — 12:00:00 PM

A classic! Students systematically excavate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to explore the concepts of stratigraphy and survey, emphasizing how archaeologists use the scientific method in the field. If Power Point is available, this activity can include pictures of real tools, fieldwork, and sites to enhance learning. Note: We ask that the event organizer assist in purchasing some or all of the supplies necessary for this hands-on activity. Supplies include: Bread, peanut butter, jelly, m+m’s, chocolate chips, plastic knives, and straws.

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