Relive the history and excitement of the 18th century in LCC Frontier History Encampment: The Prowers Journal

Barb Melfi as Annie Oakley in camp

Free event on the Lamar Community College campus April 29-30
Bringing frontier history to life with historical storytellers, demonstrations and hands-on activities

(Lamar, Colorado) – Lamar Community College (LCC) is inviting community members to return to the 19th-century Great Plains in the 2022 Frontier History Encampment. The free, family-friendly event is open to all ages and will be held on Friday, April 29 from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the LCC campus at 2401 S. Main Street in Lamar .

The Frontier History Encampment offers a comprehensive living history experience, featuring presentations and performances depicting 19th-century Native Americans, buffalo soldiers, settlers, early fur trappers, blacksmiths, and more. The event’s immersive nature, hands-on activities and completely free entry make it an unforgettable experience, ideal for school groups, homeschoolers and the general public.

Visitors can witness historic blacksmith and artillery gunnery demonstrations, and enjoy covered wagon rides and chuckwagon cooks. There will also be female pioneers, Civil War military personnel, a Mexican vaquero, Santa Fe Trail trader, Buffalo Bill Cody and other historical performers and storytellers to bring frontier history to life. Unlike static museum displays, visitors interact with living historians by asking questions, participating in activities, and listening to the historians’ compelling stories.

“Living history is pure because it lets the past speak for itself; it is devoid of the weight that often comes when we try to interpret and analyze history from our current place and time,” said Kelly Emick, LCC history professor and organizer of the event. “Visitors will develop a deeper respect for all people of this era and may even find a new passion for history because it’s contagious once you’ve experienced it.”

LCC presents the biannual Frontier History Encampment to celebrate and honor the many diverse groups and cultures that called the Great Plains home in the 19th century. The event attracts hundreds of attendees from Colorado and neighboring states.

Frontier History Encampment is made possible by a grant from the Colorado Humanities and local sponsor Judy Turpin and New York Life Insurance.

For more information, visit or contact Kelly Emick at (719) 336-1532 or [email protected]

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