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Sunday July 31st, 2016

Posted at 4:00pm

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History buffs flocked to Amherstburg this weekend for the Military Heritage Days event at Fort Malden National Historic Site.

The weekend gathered 2,000 years of military history in one place, covering everything from ancient Romans to the Vietnam War. Featuring marching and musical demonstrations, as well as the opportunity to try a soldier’s lunch and wear a traditional British Redcoat uniform, history really came to life for visitors.

Livia Lord and Aviary Fuerth from the Maidstone Museum were in town to demonstrate beadwork and dreamcatcher making, representing 1812 French Canadian women who would stay at home to work while the men went off fur trading.

Also covering the 1812 time period was Richard Feltoe, author of the six-book series Upper Canada Preserved. He wrote this series for people who are unfamiliar with the history of this war, and as an introduction for students who are currently studying it in school. Feltoe’s weekend at The Fort was spent discussing history with attendees.

Jesse Malchow from Lasalle was on hand to represent a 1980’s West German soldier, his second time attending such an event. “Usually these things are more 1800’s,” he says, referring to re-enactment events. “ But now they’re getting more modern.”

One of the more modern displays featured Vietnam War re-enactors Rob Myrne and Naythan Gordon, who are members of a larger contingent of historical players called “In Country.” They have spent their entire weekend at The Fort, including spending their nights in tents, which they say hasn’t been too bad although it was “getting too cold at night,” according to Goron.

While this is the last day for the Heritage Days event, Fort Malden is still open daily until September 4th, and Wednesday to Sunday through October.

Military Pensioner’s Cottage restoration, eighty six of these were built around the fort to house military men and their families.

Visitors listen intently to various era representatives.

Volunteers demonstrate traditional stew making to a crowd of onlookers.

Livia Lord (L) and Avairy Fuerth of The Maidstone Museum demonstrating dreamcatcher making and beadwork.

Charlie Rebideoux is a student at General Amherst High School who is working at Fort Malden for the summer.

Richard Feltoe sits behind his display of historic artifacts mending a shirt.

Richard Feltoe showing off one of the books in his Upper Canada Preserved series.

Artifacts from the War of 1812 era.

Jesse Malchow, 1980’s West German Soldier reenactor.

Rob Myre (left) and Naythan Goron posing at their Vietnam War display.

 

Now called the Fort Malden Visitor Centre, this building was the original Fort Malden Museum when the fort became a national historic park in 1939.

 

 

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