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The Centre for French Colonial Life will hold a French and Indian War Day this month.

This is a free event and will be held on Saturday at The Centre for French Colonial Life’s welcome center on Market Street.

The event day will feature several attractions that will give attendees an in-depth look at the French and Indian War, also known as the Seven-Years’ War.

The French and Indian War was the North American conflict in a larger imperial war between Great Britain and France known as the Seven Years’ War. The French and Indian War began in 1754 and ended with the Treaty of Paris in 1763.

The war provided Great Britain enormous territorial gains in North America, but disputes over subsequent frontier policy and paying the war’s expenses led to colonial discontent, and ultimately to the American Revolution.

The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. with live action re-enactments by marine and militia actors on site doing different demonstrations throughout the day. Some of the actors will be in character portraying their own actual ancestors from the area.     

Local historian, Bob Mueller, will be giving a brief presentation on the war at 1 p.m. Mueller will be putting the war into the larger perspective of how it not only affected the local area, but also the entire American continent.

After the presentation, a game contest will be held. The game that will be played is a strategic, Risk-style board game where players strategize against each other the opposing military forces during the war. The game can be played by individual players or as teams and is recommended for ages 14 and up.

Early registration to participate in the game competition is recommended as slots are limited.

There will be a prize awarded to the winner of the game competition at 4 p.m. 

While the event is free to attend, you can also tour some of the museum's historic properties in the area for an admission fee.

For more information, or to register, call the Centre for French Colonial Life at 573-883-3105.

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Bobby Radford is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3628, or at bradford@dailyjournalonline.com.

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