NW Territory Alliance Reenactors July 4th

North West Territory Alliance to join with Mount Prospect Historical Society at 4th of July Festivities

Revolutionary troopsThose who attend Fourth of July festivities in Mount Prospect this year may feel as if they’ve gone back in time. Members of North West Territory Alliance (NWTA) will be teaming up with the Mount Prospect Historical Society to bring the sights and sounds of the War for American Independence to the Village festivities. The Alliance re-creates the culture and lifestyle of this important time in American history, from 1775 to 1783.

Volunteer members of the Alliance will march in the Village parade which begins at 1 p.m., Sunday, July 4th.  Immediately afterward the group will camp at Melas Park, next to the Lions Club Village Fair, where they will set up Revolutionary War tents, march through the park, demonstrate the manual of arms and talk about this historic period.

Admission is free and visitors will be encouraged to walk through the encampment where they may interact with the soldiers and “camp followers”, see demonstrations and ask questions.  There will also be some “fireworks” that day as the soldiers demonstrate the use of their black powder muskets.

“Having attended several Alliance events, I can tell you that it is easy to get drawn in,” says Greg Peerbolte, executive director of the Mount Prospect Historical Society.  “These events are among the most colorful and engaging presentations of history I have seen.” Peerbolte noted that an Alliance event held at the Mount Prospect Public Library in March drew enthusiastic and positive reviews from attendees.

This event is part of an ongoing partnership between the NWTA and the Mount Prospect Historical Society. The groups plan to hold a larger scale re-enactment in 2011. The event, which will tentatively be held in Lions Park, is in the planning stages.

For more information, please contact Peerbolte at (847) 392-9006.

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