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Explore the 1860s at Lifestyle Exposition in Springfield, Missouri

Explore the 1860s at Lifestyle Exposition in Springfield, Missouri

The Gray/Campbell Farmstead, a Civil-War period dwelling, is a history lesson just waiting to be explored at the 23rd annual 1860s Lifestyle Exposition Sept. 20-21.

The event is at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave. Hours are 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 20 and noon-4:30 p.m. Sept. 21. The event is free to the public but donations are appreciated.

It kicks off with an old-time fiddle and music jam followed by a grand opening with a flag-raising and ribbon-cutting ceremony, of Liberty School is planned. Hearth cooking, fiber arts, horseshoe pitching, seed spitting, music, dancing, bubble wand making and demonstrations from lifestyle historians will be part of the fun.

An outdoor service reminiscent of an old-fashioned brush arbor meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sept. 21. and the fifth annual apple pie-baking contest at 3 p.m. Rules are at or

The Friends of the Gray/Campbell Farmstead is one of several nonprofits that partner with Friends of the Garden to fulfill its mission of inspiring the discovery, understanding and appreciation of nature at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. The park is also home to the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and the 20 themed gardens, 15 special collections and five naturalized areas that make up the Springfield Botanical Gardens.

The Convention & Visitors Bureau is a nonprofit organization dedicated to boosting the local economy through growth in travel and tourism.