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French Colonial America Will Host French & Indian War Event Saturday

The Centre for French Colonial Life on Market Street is observing French and Indian War Day on Saturday, April 13, with a mini festival of living history and strategy gaming.

Those who attend can discover the complex and intriguing story of the global conflict that shaped the modern world, according to a release from French Colonial America.

Activities include a strategy board game demonstrations and mini tournament; living history demonstrations, including mid-18th century military drill and camp life of the era; and participatory hands-on activities for learners of all ages, presented throughout the museum campus. Admission to the event is free (not including guided historic house tours).

 Living history demonstrations begin at 10:30 a.m. and feature members of the recreated Ste. Genevieve Militia and French Marines. A discussion on the war will take place at 1 p.m., led by historian Bob Mueller. The French and Indian War strategy game contest, organized by historian Steve Kling, creator of the game, will follow, with prizes awarded at 4 p.m.

The gaming component and discussion will take place at the Centre for French Colonial Life, 198 Market St. in Ste. Genevieve.

Participants will be given instructions to play the game before the contest starts, and copies will be available for use by guests. The game is a two-player or team-based game of conquest and is easy to learn. Reservations should be made in advance to register to play in the tournament. It is free to participate; players 14 and up are eligible to take part in the tournament. Teams are encouraged. Prizes will be awarded to the most successful players.

 For more information or to pre-register, call 573-883-3105.

(Information in a release from French Colonial America.)

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