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.)