Fort Bliss youth travel 200 years to Fort Stanton
By Ellie Woods, Special to the Fort Bliss Bugle:
Fort Bliss Venture Crew 2248 traveled to Fort Stanton, N.M., to spend a weekend as living historians in the heart of Mescalero Apache country Saturday.
The weekend gave the young adults an inside view of life in the 1800s, complete with authentic living quarters and period costumes.
The young men of Venture Crew participated in military drills and formations each day. They wore replica uniforms for the entire weekend and slept in a bunkhouse heated by a wood stove. On Saturday, they fired muskets, and, with team effort, successfully fired a cannon multiple times on the Fort Stanton parade field.
The women wore full dresses and had period-correct hairstyles tucked under bonnets. They learned to sew and cook in the same manner as females from the period. The hard-working young ladies were treated to an “Officers’ Wives’ Tea,” hosted by some of the regular living historians.
Throughout the weekend, many different demonstrations illuminated everyday tasks such as laundry, sewing and cooking. The demonstrations highlighted the differences between frontier life in the 1800s and modern living of today.
The weekend closed with a tour of the fort. This treat, allowed the young men and women to explore inside some of the original, historical buildings.
For more information on Fort Stanton, visit www.fortstanton.org
Living history weekends are usually planned for the third Saturday of each month. Venturing is open to young adults ages 14 to 20. If you are interested in the Venture Crew at Fort Bliss, call 231-6016 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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