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Pioneer Day at the Museum


Merle Miller perfects his Dutch-oven recipe.

The Union County Museum invites you to join us for our annual Pioneer Day, Saturday, August 13, 2016 during Union’s annual Grassroots Festival.

Throughout the day volunteers will demonstrate a variety of pioneer skills, including making hand-dipped candles, using black-powder, carpentry and blacksmithing. Dutch-oven cooking will be demonstrated by Merle and Pat Miller, with samples made available at noon. Mark and Judy Wing of Union will give rides in a horse-drawn wagon and talk about the history of Union’s commercial buildings. 

The event takes place in the museum courtyard, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All of the wonderful interior museum exhibits will be open for touring, as well, with docents on hand to answer questions and show visitors around. Kids are welcome to try out the cowboy gear at the tack station in the Cowboys Then & Now Exhibit and can learn how to make wooden tools. 

“This year, we decided to again join in on the festivities happening during the popular Grassroots Festival,” said Sharon Hohstadt, President of the Union County Museum Society. “We have lots of fun activities planned and hope people will take the opportunity to enjoy the exhibits and get to know the museum.”

Admission for the event is free, but donations are appreciated. The museum is located at 333 South Main Street, in the heart of Union’s Victorian era downtown. Newcomers are always delighted with the depth and quality of exhibits. 

Pioneer Day at the Union County Museum

All of our exhibits will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, we will have the following pioneer skills demonstrations in the courtyard:

  • Peter Clark will demonstrate blacksmithing and hand-forged cooking utensils and skillets.
  • David Schmidt will demonstrate wooden tool making. (This is especially popular with the kids.)
  • Lee Sancoy will do a black powder demonstration.
  • Dana Musgrove will make hand-dipped candles.
  • Merle & Pat Miller will demonstrate Dutch-oven cooking.
  • Kids can try out cowboy gear in the Cowboys Then & Now exhibit.
  • Mark & Judy Wing will provide rides in their horse-drawn wagon.

Waiting for passengers.