On Saturday, October 11th, interpreters at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial presented a different kind of program at the Lincoln Living Historical Farm. As part of the park's continuing effort to portray various aspects of frontier life, the program explained how the pioneers faced death.
Pioneers lived with death on a much more intimate level than we do today; how they coped with it, and how it affected their lives, is an important part of their story. The program consisted of a uniformed park ranger acting as a guide and costumed interpreters portraying the experience of pioneers faced with the death of one of their own. Through the use of historical commentary and a sensitive recreation of the experience, the program was designed to provoke a deeper understanding of how the pioneers dealt with death and to lead to a better appreciation for how they lived their lives. Approximately 50 visitors attended the program.