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Cheryl Daniel and Bill Miller of Bryan, Ohio, prepare to dye cotton with natural plant extracts at the Gathering at Five Medals, a living history re-enactment at River Preserve County Park in New Paris. (Mark Shephard)

French voyageurs, who were "kind of the truck drivers of the 18th century - that's how commerce happened", according to Brandon Scott of Valparaiso, make a trade with Native Americans, including Scott, facing left, who as a living history reenactor portrays a Lenape war chief. The Lenape are known in English as the Delaware tribe. The trade was watched by a crowd of more than 25 people at the Gathering at Five Medals at River Preserve County Park in New Paris. The living history reenactment event continues today from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Visit http://www.elkhartcountyparks.org/GatheringatFiveMedals_2012.htm for more information. (Truth Photo By Mark Shephard) (Mark Shephard)

Denny Wuthrich of Milford, dressed as a private in Alexander Hamilton’s artillery company, prepares to brew coffee Saturday morning at the Gathering at Five Medals at River Preserve County Park in New Paris. Wuthrich’s genealogy on his mother’s side goes back to Revolutionary War-era Virginia. The living history re-enactment continues today from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit www.elkhartcountyparks.org/GatheringatFiveMedals_2012.htm for more information. (Mark Shephard)

Liza and Mark Woolever of Plymouth play late 17th to early 19th century frontier music as they wander through the Gathering at Five Medals, a living history re-enactment at River Preserve County Park in New Paris. (Mark Shephard)
Live history at Gathering at Five Medals

Posted on Oct. 21, 2012 at 1:00 a.m.

The living history event Gathering at Five Medals continues today at River Preserve County Park in New Paris from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This event features historical re-enactors depicting life during the exploration and pre-settlement period of 1650-1815 in the general region which was once known as the Northwest Territory. Participating are numerous artisans, such as blacksmiths, coppersmiths, wood workers, cordwainers, spinners and weavers, and common folk of the frontier such as voyageurs, representatives of various military units, civilian pioneers, Native Americans, hunters and rogues.

Visit www.elkhartcountyparks.org/GatheringatFiveMedals_2012.htm for more information.