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Living history open house planned at Powers-Walker House

RINGWOOD – Area residents can step back in time to the 1850s and World War I at McHenry County Conservation District’s Living History Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 11 at Glacial Park’s Powers-Walker House.

Attendees can tour the restored Greek revival house circa 1854 and learn about the Powers and Walker families.

Volunteers in historical attire will be on hand to answer questions, offer tours and demonstrate skills appropriate to the season. There will be several special presentations during the event focusing on the history of the house, its residents and the region during World War I. 

The remembrances of Clara Miller Hermance, a former resident of the house, will be presented around 2 p.m. World War I re-enactors will discuss and display original war equipment. 

Attendees can learn how war bonds, victory gardens, Liberty Cabbage, Cities for Jobs, Cut-A-Cord, oaths of conservation and concerns about water quality affected life at Powers-Walker House and the area during this time. 

The program is free, and registration is not required for this drop-in event.

Glacial Park is at Route 31 and Harts Road in Ringwood.

For information, contact Prairieview Education Center at 815-479-5779 or visit www.MCCDistrict.org.

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