Flower O’Scotland Dance Troupe- Heritage & Dance

Occasionally, in the Ozarks, on a cool and still night, with a good imagination, you can hear the faint sounds of “mountain music” drifting from the rugged hilltops to the valleys below. That music and accompanying dances brought the men and women who settled Pulaski County together in a social setting and offered a brief respite from the continual backbreaking work. The music and dances were also a tool that helped pass down stories, legends, and wisdom from one generation to another through song.

“Mountain music” will make a triumphant return to Pulaski County during this year’s Old Settlers Day. The two day event will feature The Back Porch Players and Flower O’Scotland Dance Troupe– both groups strong believers in the power of music to pass down history and heritage.

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Flower O’Scotland Dance Troupe can trace their beginning back to Springfield, Missouri near the turn of the 21st century. Comprised of folks from all walks of life, and of all ages, their goal is to preserve and raise the awareness of Scottish country dancing. Scottish heritage is shared by many Missouri families, dating back to Show Me State’s early days of settlement.

Scottish country dancing itself dates back to the early 16th century. Its popularity waned on occasion, but during the 18th century, to regain their Scottish heritage, it made its way back to Scottish castles, courts, and village gatherings. The dances themselves are social in nature and would sometimes vary from region to region. According to Raymond Purdom, FO’SDT coordinator, the first efforts to standardize the dances was made by Dr Jean Milligan and Mrs Ysobel Stewart in 1923. Their early efforts resulted in the Scottish Country Dance Society which is now the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.

Purdom also tells listeners that Scottish country dance could be the Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great Grandfather of American square dancing. He does note significant differences though- Scottish country dancing is on the balls of the feet, while square dancing is stepping and sliding. Gentlemen are generally in a kilt, wearing the tartan of their clan ancestry and the ladies are in period dresses which makes for a colorful and entertaining presentation. Dances can commemorate battles, weddings, romances. Sometimes even death. Purdome relays that “Reel of the 51st” was written by a British Lieutenant who was captured in the early days of World War II. The dance was a morale booster for the POW’s- and helped to keep their German captors puzzled and confused.

During their 12th consecutive appearance at Old Settlers Day the troupe will perform jigs, strathspeys (similar to, but slower than the reel), reels, and waltzes.

Flower O’Scotland Dance Troupe will be performing at Pavilion 2 beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

To learn more about Flower O’Scotland Dance Troupe and Scottish country dancing please visit http://floweroscotlanddancetroupe.yolasite.com

To learn more about Old Settlers Day please visit www.route66courthouse.com.

To learn about more things to see and do in Pulaski County, Missouri, please visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of July 18-July 24, 2016

July 23- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum
What: One of only two remaining Route 66 period courthouses in Missouri. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)-573.855.3644

July 23- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum
What: Pulaski County’s oldest building has served as a private residence, a stagecoach stop, a Civil War hospital, and a hotel on Historic Route 66. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation (Jeanie Porter)- 573.336.3561

Looking Ahead:

July 30 & 31- Old Settlers Day & Civil War Reenactments, Waynesville
August 5- I-44 Shoot Out Truck & Tractor Pull, Richland
August 6- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
August 27 & 287th Annual Kiwanis Gun, Knife, & Archery Show, Saint Robert
September 2 & 3Haunted River Float, Saint Robert
September 3Railroad Days, Crocker
September 3Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville

Pumpkin Patch Season is just around the corner!

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents or www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyUSA

4 Things You Will Love About Old Settlers Day!

Old Settlers Day has been a beloved festival in Waynesville, Missouri since 1980. This year’s event is shaping up to be incredibly exciting! The entire weekend is jam packed with living history activities and things to see and do! Following are four things that you should not miss during the festivities:

1. The Camps– Be sure to visit the Union and Confederate camps. These camps are the living quarters for the re-enactors for the weekend. As living historians, the re-enactors are very detail orientated, and their camps present an authentic look at living conditions that soldiers experienced during the Civil War. General Grant’s Field Headquarters features a period telegraph office complete with an operator for demonstrations. Don’t miss the Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders Camp which highlights the mountain men who explored and settled our country before 1840. Their camp will include fire starting, trapping, dutch oven cooking, and blacksmithing demonstrations. The camps will be open to the public both Saturday and Sunday.

Blacksmith Courtesy of Civil War Courier

Courtesy of Civil War Courier

2. Drills & Inspections– Saturday will include horsemanship drills, infantry drills, cavalry drills, and artillery drills, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Action Shot Courtesy of Civil War Courier

Courtesy of Civil War Courier

3. Reenactments– Reenactments will take place Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday at Noon. Saturday’s Civil War March reenactment will begin at the site of Fort Waynesville on Fort Street, proceed on Lynn Street to the site of the Old Stagecoach Stop and continue to Waynesville City Park. This march will reenact a notable event in Pulaski County’s Civil War history and will feature a skirmish that turns into a battle. Sunday’s battle reenactment begins at Noon at Waynesville City Park. History will come for alive for those in attendance.

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Photo courtesy of Civil War Courier

4. President Abraham Lincoln and General U.S. Grant– Living historians will portray President Lincoln and General Grant during Old Settlers Day. President Lincoln (Lance Mack) will be a part of the opening ceremonies on stage at 10:00 a.m. and will also be speaking on stage, later that day, at 12:30 p.m. General Grant (Wayne Issleb) can be found at his Field Headquarters and will address the crowd Saturday, from the stage at 10:30 a.m.

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Courtesy of Civil War Courier

In addition to these four things there is much more to see and do at Old Settlers Day! Make sure to:

Period Costume Civil War Courier

Courtesy of Civil War Courier

To learn more about Old Settlers Day visit www.Route66Courthouse.com and www.facebook.com/events/1668769670079314

To learn about more things to see and do in Pulaski County, Missouri, visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com

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2016 Old Settlers Day Schedule

 

Pokémon GO Unleashed in Pulaski County

Pokémon GO is all the rage in Pulaski County, Missouri and across the United States. It is fantastic way to get you, and your family, outside to explore the world around you. This isn’t a new concept to many people across the country who have been exploring the cityscapes and countrysides as Ingress agents. Ingress, released in December 2014, is the first augmented reality game by Niantic Labs.

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Pokémon Go is making a splash across Pulaski County, Missouri!

Niantic Labs was founded in 2010 by John Hanke, as an internal startup of Google, and became its own entity in 2015. Ingress agents around the world submitted locations to become in-game portals. These Ingress game portals are now also being used as Pokéstops and Gymnasiums by Pokémon trainers. Many of these locations are historically significant or feature public works of art. Some examples in Pulaski County include several locations on the Square in Waynesville and veterans memorials in Saint Robert. Public green spaces can also be Ingress portals/Pokéstops. These include locations in parks in Crocker, Dixon, & Richland.

It's happening all around you. They aren't coming. They're already here.

Ingress- It’s happening all around you. They aren’t coming. They’re already here.

Game play is markedly different between the two platforms. If Pokémon isn’t your style, but a battle for world domination appeals to you check out the Ingress app on your smart phone. If you are on a mission to “catch them all” and are looking for Pokémon in Pulaski County, check out our past Ingress articles. Many of them give Ingress Portal locations- which will make Pokémon trainers happy campers!

Enjoy the world around you, as an Ingress agent or as a Pokémon trainer, but always be aware of your surroundings. Pokémon can trespass and break traffic rules, but human Pokémon trainers and Ingress agents can not.

*TIP- Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center, located at 137 St. Robert Boulevard, Saint Robert, Missouri is a Pokémon gymnasium. Be sure to stop in for free area travel information and maps.

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Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center is a Pokémon Gymnasium and an Ingress Portal

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of July 11-July 17, 2016

July 16- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum
What: One of only two remaining Route 66 period courthouses in Missouri. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)-573.855.3644

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July 16- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum
What: Pulaski County’s oldest building has served as a private residence, a stagecoach stop, a Civil War hospital, and a hotel on Historic Route 66. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation (Jeanie Porter)- 573.336.3561

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Looking Ahead:

July 30 & 31- Old Settlers Day & Civil War Reenactments, Waynesville
August 5- I-44 Shoot Out Truck & Tractor Pull, Richland
August 6- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
August 27 & 28- 7th Annual Kiwanis Gun, Knife, & Archery Show, Saint Robert
September 2 & 3- Haunted River Float, Saint Robert
September 3- Railroad Days, Crocker
September 3- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents or www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyUSA

General U.S. Grant to Occupy Waynesville

FAKE Civil War telegraph

General Grant is preparing Union forces and telegraph signal corps to make way into Waynesville, MO., late July. Please advise citizens of their occupation of this area.

On June 30, 2016 a telegraph was released by Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War, advising area Waynesville residents that General Ulysses S. Grant and his telegraph signal corps are making their way to the Pulaski County, Missouri seat. Unlike Colonel Albert Sigel’s Union forces permanent occupation of Waynesville during the Civil War, the 2016 occupation of Waynesville will only last two days and is part of Old Settlers Day, a living history event, that will feature horesemanship and infantry drill demonstrations, artillery inspections, cavalry drills, and a Civil War battle reenactment. In attendance will be United States President Abraham Lincoln (Lance Mack) and General U.S. Grant, portrayed by Wayne Issleb.

Wayne Issleb as General Grant

Wayne Issleb as General U.S. Grant

Issleb has been portraying Ulysses S. Grant since 2008. While serving as a reenactor in the 36th Wisconsin Civil War Infantry squad he had let his beard grow out and decided to don a bow tie and officer’s slouch hat. His fellow living historians noticed a strong resemblance between Issleb and Grant. In 2010 in a small town in Wisconsin Issleb fully embraced the role of the Union General. Soon after, other living historians joined up with Issleb and “U.S. Grant Field HQ” was born.

Issleb’s extensive knowledge of General Grant brings a unique level of authenticity to his portrayals. Issleb has studied Grant extensively, including 15 years of research and artifact collecting. Issleb owns several items that were once owned by Grant himself- including original writings and a cigar standing ashtray that Grant possessed during his presidency. Not one to rest on his laurels, Issleb is still learning about U.S. Grant. Having walked in Grant’s footsteps in places like Vicksburg, MS. and Galena, IL. brings even more insight of the man himself into Issleb’s portrayals. Issleb has portrayed General Grant for the Sons of Union Veterans and in an upcoming cable network documentary.

During Old Settlers Day attendees will be able to visit troop camps. Issleb describes a typical Union camp as busy place and would have included Cavalry, Infantry, Officer’s Quarters, Artillery, Medical, and sometimes signal corps members.  “U.S. Grant Field HQ” features a period telegraph office, with an operator, for demonstrations. Issleb tells us that although the telegraph was around for 20 years before the Civil War, it was merely considered a novelty. During the war, communication, and the telegraph was key. President Lincoln and Secretary of War Edwin Stanton ran the war from Washington. The telegraph connected all the armies and allowed coordination. Waynesville’ location on the Wire Road was strategically important, which led to Colonel Albert Sigel being ordered to “Occupy Waynesville” beginning June, 1862. Col. Sigel’s brother, General Franz Sigel, was stationed at nearby Rolla, MO., during the war. Franz Sigel and U.S. Grant became friends during the war, sitting beside each other during the “Grand Review Parade” in Washington shortly after the war. Franz attended Grant’s funeral in 1885.

Wayne Issleb at HQ

Wayne Issleb as General Grant at Field Headquarters

Issleb, always the Grant scholar, also tells us that General Grant’s grandfather, Captain Noah Grant served in the Revolutionary War and fought alongside Waynesville’s namesake, General Anthony Wayne.

Issleb, who is from Kenosha, WI., is looking forward to meeting people at Old Settlers Day in Waynesville. He will be speaking from the bandstand Saturday at 10:30 and will also be found at his Field Headquarters.

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of July 5-July 10, 2016

July 9- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum
What: One of only two remaining Route 66 period courthouses in Missouri. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)-573.855.3644

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July 9- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum
What: Pulaski County’s oldest building has served as a private residence, a stagecoach stop, a Civil War hospital, and a hotel on Historic Route 66. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation (Jeanie Porter)- 573.336.3561

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Looking Ahead:

July 30 & 31- Old Settlers Day & Civil War Reenactments, Waynesville
August 5- I-44 Shoot Out Truck & Tractor Pull, Richland
August 6- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
August 27 & 28- 7th Annual Kiwanis Gun, Knife, & Archery Show, Saint Robert
September 2 & 3- Haunted River Float, Saint Robert
September 3- Railroad Days, Crocker
September 3- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville

Pumpkin Patch Season is just around the corner!

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents or www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyUSA