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This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of July 24-July 30, 2017

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July 28-31: 275th Engineer Company Reunion

July 29 & 30- Old Settlers Day
What: A weekend of living history, Civil War battle re-enactments, craft vendors, and live entertainment.
Where: Waynesville City Park, Waynesville
When: Camps open to public Saturday at 8:00 a.m., events throughout the day. Saturday evening features a period dance and night fire/artillery show beginning at 7:00 p.m. Camps open Sunday to the public at 8:00 a.m. Sunday highlights include period church service at 9:30 a.m. and a battle re-enactment at 1:00 p.m. Detailed event schedule at: http://wp.me/p2Gvbm-1Qx
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)- 573.855.3644

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July 29- 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 2 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)-573.855.3644

1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum

July 29- 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

Old Stagecoach Stop

Looking Ahead:

August 5- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
August 5, 12, 19, & 26- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
August 5, 12, 19, & 26- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville
September 1 & 2- Haunted River Float, Waynesville
September 2- Railroad Days, Crocker
September 2- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
September 2- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
September 2- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville

Love Halloween? Celebrate early with our “Ultimate Halloween in September Road Trip Guide!”

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

Seda’s Gift Shoppe- Two Doors North of Route 66

By Laura Huffman

Seda’s Gift Shoppe, an unique emporium offering fun and useful gifts for all occasions, is located on the historic and charming Square in downtown Waynesville, Missouri. The current location is housed in what was formerly the Rexall Drug Store. Pam Seda, owner of the gift shop, fondly recalls walking to the drug store after school to get a vanilla Coke and a grilled cheese sandwich. Little did she know back then that she would be the proud owner of the building that today houses her successful shop.

Seda's Gift Shoppe, Waynesville MO

Seda’s Gift Shoppe in Waynesville, Missouri. Photo courtesy of Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

The premise of Seda’s gift shop was formed over fifteen years ago. While working retail and at the local cable company she pondered the idea of owning a business. Perhaps inspired by her grandfather, Pam and her husband Steve, decided to re-open his former business, Hill’s Antiques and Swap Shop. The determined coupled rolled up their sleeves and set about bringing the dormant store back to life. After a thorough cleaning and re-roofing the building, they realized that the location wasn’t ideal. The Seda’s decided to wait.

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Seda’s Gift Shoppe in Waynesville, Missouri. Photo by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

In September, 2002 the couple signed a lease on the building that had been the home of local landmark Parrish Floral for many years. This building was snuggled up to Route 66‘s curb and was just across the street from another local icon, Victory Pub. The Seda’s purchased $300 of inventory to sell at their new enterprise.

Eighteen months after opening their doors the Rexall Building (built in 1941 for Dr. C.A. Talbot) around the corner became available. Seda did not hesitate and purchased the building. The gift shop moved into the lower level and Seda’s Gift Shoppe has been a hit with browsers, shoppers, locals, and tourists ever since.

Seda's Gift Shoppe in Waynesville, MO

Seda’s Gift Shoppe in Waynesville, Missouri. Photo courtesy of Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Seda’s strong roots to Pulaski County, five generations on both sides, makes community pride the cornerstone of her business. She also enthusiastically shares her love of Waynesville with Route 66 travelers from around the globe who stop in to find the perfect souvenir. Seda’s Gift Shoppe is just two doors north of the classic highway, directly next to Nona’s Kitchen in the famed Rigsby House.

Seda's Gift Shoppe in Waynesville, MO

Seda’s Gift Shoppe in Waynesville, Missouri. Photo courtesy of Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

To learn more about Seda’s Gift Shoppe at 107 North Benton in Waynesville follow their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/Sedas-Gift-Shoppe-137481656267844

Download a free Waynesville Walking Tour brochure here.

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

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of July 17-July 23, 2017

July 22- 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

1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum

July 22- 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

Old Stagecoach Stop

Looking Ahead:

July 29- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
July 29- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville
July 29 & 30- Old Settlers Day, Waynesville
August 5- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
August 5, 12, 19, & 26- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
August 5, 12, 19, & 26- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville

Love Halloween? Celebrate early with our “Ultimate Halloween in September Road Trip Guide!”

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

Looking for Eclipse lodging? Discover Pulaski County USA!

Looking for lodging near the path of  totality of the Great American Eclipse? Check out Pulaski County USA!

By Laura Huffman

When I was youngster, 35 years or so ago, I read Illustrated Classics Editions’ version of Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.” All these years later, I can’t tell you much about the classic novel. But, I can vividly describe the scene that Twain painted of Hank Morgan, a time traveler, being tied to the stake to be burned alive as King Arthur commanded. Hank, having remembered the date of the solar eclipse from his history studies, and realizing that the knowledge can save his life, threatens to black out the sun if the flames creep closer. As the flames get closer to consuming the hapless hero the sky darkens and King Arthur relents. Hank is released from the stake and the sun is released from the inky blackness that had enveloped it. Hank goes on to enrich the Kingdom of Camelot and torment Merlin, the magician, for the remainder of the novel.

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In 2017 not many people on the planet would be fooled by Hank’s threat to black out the sun. Quite the opposite. People across the globe have been planning for August 21, the date of “The Great American Eclipse” for almost a year or more. Missouri, known as the “Show Me State” is expecting millions of travelers to descend on the cities, towns, and villages that are located in the path of the solar eclipse. The closer an area is to the center line- the longest duration of darkness (almost three minutes in some locations!) the more crowded you can expect it to be. Many Chambers of Commerce, Tourism Bureaus, and civic organizations are planning festivals, parades, and other events for the expected millions of visitors.

As the word continues to spread more and more hotels, motels, Airbnb’s, and campgrounds are filling up. Some locations have already announced that ALL of their rooms are booked and reserved. Don’t let this discourage you from making your eclipse plans. Pulaski County, home to Fort Leonard Wood, offers over 3,400 rooms and is less than 70 miles from the path of the eclipse! Cuba, nicknamed the “mural city”, will be dark for over a minute and a half, and is only 45 minutes west of Saint Robert on Interstate 44. Sullivan, which will have two and a half minutes of totality, is just an hour west on Interstate 44. Jefferson City, the capitol of Missouri, will experience 2 minutes and 29 seconds of totality and lies only 71 miles north of Saint Robert via Highway 17 and Highway 54.

Don’t miss the Great American Eclipse August 21st (it could save your life someday if you accidentally time travel like Hank!) and enjoy Pulaski County’s hospitality before heading to your astronomical adventure! Book your room today!

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Courtesy of NASA

Make a long weekend of it by exploring and floating Pulaski County USA! Home to heroes, history, and Route 66!

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*Drive times may vary on the day of the eclipse. Be prepared for congested roadways and increased travel times.

*Never look at the partial phases of the eclipse without proper eye protection.

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of July 10-July 16, 2017

July 11- Welcome to Missouri Athletic Club- Forever Young Club!

July 15- 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

1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum

July 15- 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

Old Stagecoach Stop

July 15- Fabulous Fakes Dinner Show
What: Celebrity impersonators entertain during dinner!
Where: The Barn, 13015 Highway 28, Dixon
When: Doors open at 4:30 p.m., show starts at 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $9 per person (Ages 3-6: $4.50 each)
Contact: The Barn (Bill Johnson)-573.433.9370

July 15 Fabulous Fakes Dinner Show

Looking Ahead:

July 22 & 29- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
July 22 & 29- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville
July 29 & 30- Old Settlers Day, Waynesville
August 5- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
August 5, 12, 19, & 26- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
August 5, 12, 19, & 26- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville

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Love Halloween? Celebrate early with our “Ultimate Halloween in September Road Trip Guide!”

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

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of July 3-July 9, 2017

July 4- Independence Day Celebration
What: Patriotic family friendly celebration featuring live entertainment and the area’s largest fireworks display.
Where: Gammon Field, Fort Leonard Wood
When: Festivities begin at 3:00 p.m..
Cost: FREE admission and open to the public.
Contact: Fort Leonard Wood MWR– 573-596-6913
For Fort Leonard Wood Access information contact 573.596.0590

July 8- 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

1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum

July 8- 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

Old Stagecoach Stop

Looking Ahead:

July 15, 22, & 29- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
July 15, 22, & 29Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville
July 15Fabulous Fakes Dinner Show, Dixon
July 29 & 30Old Settlers Day, Waynesville
August 51903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
August 5Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville
August 5Paranormal 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

Old Settlers Day 2017: Schedule of Events

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Old Settlers Day
Presented by Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society
July 29 & 30, 2017
Waynesville City Park
Waynesville, Missouri

Schedule of Events:

ALL WEEKEND
Civil War Camps
Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloader Camps
Living History Demonstrations
Cavalry Drills
Horsemanship
Infantry Drills
Weapons Inspections
President Lincoln (portrayed by George Buss)
General U.S. Grant (portrayed by Wayne Issleb)
General P.H. Sheridan (portrayed by James Schilz)
Trail of Tears National Historic Trail (Laughlin Park)

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Old Settlers Day 2016. Image by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT BY:
The Back Porch Players (at Pavilion 3)
Terry Tanner (at the stage)
Flower O’Scotland Dance Troupe (at Pavilion 2)
Pyro Pat Productions (at the stage)

SATURDAY, JULY 29th
7:00 a.m.- Army Engineer Association Sverdrup Chapter Annual 5K Run Registration
8:00 a.m.- Army Engineer Association Sverdrup Chapter Annual 5K Run
8:00 a.m. Camps open to the public
10:00 a.m.- Opening Ceremony
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.- ASYMCA Duck Race
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.- Tour the 1903 Courthouse Museum
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.- Visit the Old Stagecoach Stop (served as Civil War hospital)
10:30-11:30 a.m.- Presentations by General Grant and President Lincoln
2:00 p.m. Battle Reenactment
5:00-7:00 p.m.- Camps closed to the public
7:00 p.m.- Period Dance with music by Back Porch Players. Public is invited and encouraged to attend
8:30 p.m.- Night Fire & Artillery Show

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Old Settlers Day 2016. Image by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

SUNDAY, JULY 30th
8:00 a.m.- Camps open to the public
9:30 a.m.: Period Church Service at the Stage. Public is invited and encouraged to attend.
10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Gospel Music by the Back Porch Players
1:00 p.m.- Battle Reenactment
3:30 p.m.- Closing

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Old Settlers Day 2016. Image by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

SPONSORS:

BAYMONT INN & SUITES
KIWANIS CLUB OF PULASKI COUNTY
HOPPER’S PUB
EVENTFUL CATERING

Shuttle service to the Square provided by Bells Extended Stay and Suites

*Schedule subject to change