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Museum celebrates, educates on U.S. wars

This month, Museum of the Waxhaws is focusing on key American wars.

The museum will feature a Civil War Day on Sept. 6, including special displays and live re-enactments as part of the museum’s yearlong commitment honor those who fought in the Civil War and educate others about them.

This year is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

The museum also will send a team of costumed docents to a festival in Mineral Springs on Sept. 6, where they will be at an information table from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. prepared to discuss the history of Native Americans, the Colonial and Civil War periods and the role of Jean Lafitte and his pirates during the War of 1812.

The docents also will hand out information about upcoming events, talk about the museum and have historic items and period toys on display to entertain and educate.

Those of us who grew up in the 1950s probably carry a permanent factoid of the War of 1812, thanks to singer Johnny Horton, whose 1959 hit record, “The Battle of New Orleans,” began: “In 1814 we took a little trip, along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip’. We took a little bacon and we took a little beans/And we caught the bloody British in the town of New Orleans.”

From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 20, the Museum of the Waxhaws will hold a daylong event to recognize the bicentennial anniversary of the end of the War of 1812, and the role played by Waxhaw’s famous favorite son, Andrew Jackson.

The museum will host displays and three educational presentations about the War of 1812, where patrons will learn that Horton’s song was partly correct: While the troops may have traveled to New Orleans during 1814, the actual battle of New Orleans took place Jan. 8, 1815.

In recognition of the role of Jean Lafitte and his pirates, the museum of the Waxhaws will feature pirate re-enactors to inform and entertain, with black-powder guns, swordfighting demonstrations, stories and pirate crafts for children.

Waxhaw’s Arthur Lightbody will be at the museum portraying Andrew Jackson, who was known as “Old Hickory.”

Full museum admission fees apply.

Details: www.museumofthewaxhaws.org or 704-843-1832.

First Friday

“Learn something new” is the theme for all ages during Waxhaw’s September First Friday.

This month’s First Friday will be 5-8 p.m. Sept. 5 in downtown Waxhaw.

“Want to learn the basics of photography from a local professional? You can. How about learning a bit about making ‘the ice cream of the future?

“Kids can even learn a thing or two about easel painting and have fun doing free crafts,” said Natalie Jackson, Waxhaw’s assistant events coordinator.

Jackson said participants also can learn about panning for gold, making pottery and take part in many other activities.

Learning opportunities that evening are more than just the cerebral type.

“From farm-to-table dining to cool taverns or Italian cuisine, Waxhaw teaches your stomach how to enjoy itself,” Jackson said. “Learn through experience … learn why Waxhaw is both rustic and refined –and a whole lot of fun.”

Details: www.waxhaw.com.

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