Family Day at the Fort: Candle Dipping @ Fort Ouiatenon Historical Park
May 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

What did Fort Ouiatenon’s habitants use for lighting in the 18th century? Come see some examples of what was used, and make a candle to take home! This program is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help cover the cost of beeswax for the candles.

Presented by Leslie Conwell

Fête de St Jean le Baptise @ Fort Ouiatenon
Jun 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
This event will showcase the material culture, life ways and skills of the French Occupation of Fort Ouiatenon circa 1740-1760. Additionally, vignettes and activities of period Midsummer Festivals will be held to showcase what colonial french people’s may have done to celebrate religious holidays in the time.
While life was often hard and unforgiving on the edges of the fledgling colonial empires in North America, people still knew how to have fun. In France, and in the New French Colony of Canada which included today’s State of Indiana and Fort Ouiatenon, feast days of the Saints in the Catholic church often were used as excuses to stop working and to have a celebration. The most famous of these midsummer celebrations for the French Colonists, traditionally celebrated with food, bonfires, and in Canada an odd twist on the Maypole ceremony, is the Feast of Saint John the Baptist. La Compagnie des Beaux Eaux is the sponsor of this living history event. The event is free to the public.
Family Day at the Fort: Games Children Played @ Fort Ouiatenon Historical Park
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Children will be introduced to popular games played by the French and Native children at Fort Ouiatenon such as foot races, graces, and other games of chance and skill!
Presented by Leslie Conwell