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April 7, 2014

Re-enactors gear up for Murrell Home Lawn Social

TAHLEQUAH — The George M. Murrell Home in Park Hill will host a May Day Celebration Weekend on Friday and Saturday, May 2-3.

On Friday, May 2, the site will hold its Fourth Annual Education Day for elementary and secondary schools. On Saturday, May 3, the museum will present a May Day Celebration and Lawn Social for the public.

The Education Day on Friday is open to all public, private and home school groups.

Teachers may select to visit from 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Approximately a dozen living history presenters will demonstrate daily life on a Cherokee plantation in the mid-1800s.

Blacksmithing, fiber arts, cooking, and small animal husbandry are just a few of more than a dozen activities available.

Admission is $2 per student. Adult chaperones are free. Teachers or school coordinators should RSVP to Amanda Pritchett at (918) 456-2751 or apritchett@okhistory.org to reserve a time slot.

On Saturday, the public is invited to a May Day Celebration and Lawn Social that will evoke the beauty and color of Park Hill during its golden age in the 1850s.

The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Living historians in period dress will mix with the public in a social function reminiscent of the social galas held at the Murrell Home.

The public are encouraged to bring their own picnic basket lunches and quilts and join the re-enactors between noon-1 p.m. for a picnic on the lawn. From 1-4 p.m., activities abound, including dance lessons, croquet and horseshoe tournaments, and lawn games. A maypole will close the event and commemorate the start of the growing season on the plantation. Admission is free.

The George M. Murrell Home is three miles south of Tahlequah at 19479 E. Murrell Home Road, Park Hill. For more information on these events, contact the museum at (918) 456-2751 or visit facebook.com/murrellhome.

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