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Pioneer Heritage Day at LSUS will take Place This Saturday

October 12, 2017

Pioneer Heritage Day at LSUS will take Place This Saturday
By: Hannah Sprawls

Northwest Louisiana is imbued with a rich history. To celebrate, The Pioneer Heritage Center holds an annual Pioneer Day. For over twenty years, the center has held this event for the community, allowing families to come out for a day of fun, food, and North LA heritage. This year's Pioneer Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 14th.

The event runs from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Entry is $2.00 a person, and children under 5 get in for free! All gate proceeds go to future restoration projects at the center.

While a host of familiar faces will once again be in attendance, Director Marty Young says they've added several new attractions this year. There will be wagon rides with a mule team, two jewelers, crocheting, a homemade-jelly vendor, and a demonstration of historic fashions.

"It's just a fun thing," said Young, "you can take an hour, hour-and-a-half out of your day and stop by to see us."

Pioneer Day initially began 21 years ago as an independent study put on by LSUS students in conjunction with the Heritage Center staff. Young, who was an undergraduate at the time, actually volunteered the first few years it was held before eventually being employed by the Heritage Center and taking over the planning of the event himself.

While Pioneer Day is a fun time to see craftsmen and women at work, it's also an excellent way to engage with Louisiana history. Six of the buildings at the center will be open and available for tours. Several of them have been recently restored, and quite a few boast new items.

If you want to donate directly to the center, you can contact them directly by phone at: (318)797-5339, or through their email: pioneer@lsus.edu. The Heritage Center is a 501c3 non-profit, which means all contributions are tax deductible. Young says that The Heritage Center is also happy to accept item donations. Nearly everything at the Heritage Center has been donated, including the buildings.

The event has grown in the last few years: "we had just over 500 people attend last year, but we've had as many as 1200 in the past," said Young. It's an outdoor event, and Louisiana weather plays a heavy role in attendance. Young emphasized that the goal of the center is to educate people: "We want people to be aware of what we do and we want this event to be something the University can be proud of."