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June 5, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Old Stone House re-creates 19th-century

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Those living in the 21st-century will have the opportunity to step back in time to see what life was like in the late-18th and early-19th-centuries when they visit Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House July 14-15.

The 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mountain Men program will offer re-enactors of American history presenting information and demonstrations on animal trapping and trading, tomahawk and knife throwing, blacksmithing and general survival skills from the frontier days in western Pennsylvania.

The program will focus on travel during the 1750-1850s, including stagecoach stops such as the Old Stone House.

A food demonstration and tasting of items from the time will be offered inside the museum.

The program is free, but a $3 per person, or $5 per family, donation is suggested.

The Old Stone House, one of Butler County's most recognized landmarks, is located at the intersection of routes 8, 528 and 173, just south of Slippery Rock.

Aaron Cowan, SRU assistant professor of history, is the museum's curator.