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French Colonial America Opens New Exhibit

French  Colonial  America  (FCA)   announced  the  opening this weekend of  a  new  special exhibit  entitled “Living  Off  the  Land:  Hunting,  Fishing, and Gathering  Wild Food  in  Upper  Louisiana.”

The  exhibition will  explore  the  ways  that  wild  foods were  harvested  by  the  various  peoples,  both Native Americans and settlers of European descent, who lived in this region during the 18th and early 19th centuries.

“Living Off the Land” will open to the public at  the  Centre  for  French  Colonial  Life, 198  Market St., starting on Saturday, May 4.

Admission is free. On that day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors will be able to discuss the history of hunting, fishing and gathering wild foods with historian Jim Duncan, primary consultant on the project, and Geoff Giglierano, director of FCA and the exhibit’s curator.

This exhibit — along with the regular exhibits at the centre about the history and culture of Colonial-era Ste. Genevieve — will be open  to visitors for one year, and will feature images and original artifacts such as 18th and early 19th century firearms, fishing implements, and hunting accouterments, including a rare English-made “Carolina” flintlock trade gun and a powder horn embellished with carved Native American designs.

For more information, please contact  the Centre for French Colonial Life at 573-883-3105.

(Information in a release from French Colonial America.)

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