Living History Days

At annual Grand Encampment Museum event, visitors can learn area and family history


Joshua Wood

From left, Mary "Diamond Lil" Carey and Cecilia "Belle Star" Carey show off their historical costumes in the old Kuntzman building on Saturday.

When one walks onto the ground of the Grand Encampment Museum (GEM), it is difficult not to feel like one is being transported back in time or to the movie set of an old western. 

Old storefronts, cabins and liveries are immediately visible, all are connected by a boardwalk. The various structures, now neighbors, all had some part to play in the history of the Encampment area. While there is certainly a wealth of information on these structures during normal tour hours, during GEM's Annual Living History Days one is able to learn even more from local historians and descendants of those tha...

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