This weekend my son and I had a great time (despite the cold) at the 33rd annual Trappers Rendezvous near Newton, Kansas. I am going to edit together a video of the weekend, but today published most of the unedited photos and videos I took with my iPhone and Sony GSC Netsharing camera. Four of the videos were too long to publish to Flickr, which limits them to 90 seconds each, so I published these to YouTube. This campout was a lot of fun and a great opportunity to learn from some very passionate re-enactors!

Story of the Beaver Hat (2:33)

Story of James Beckworth, Mountain Man and Trapper (5:18)

Making Lead Bullets (9:06)

Making Indian-style Flutes (4:25)

What a great weekend for an aspiring storychaser like me! :-)

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  • http://dmantz7.edublogs.org Dean Mantz

    Wes,

    These are great videos inside a world that many folks do not know exist. My uncle was big in tanning skins and re-enacting Civil War scenes. A great friend of mine also traps during the winter for extra income. His father-in-law deals fur skins of many kinds as an extra income too. Thanks for sharing these interviews!

    By the way, I look forward to getting Kansas involved in our own “Voices” project this summer.

  • http://www.wesfryer.com Wesley Fryer

    Thanks Dean. I’m hopeful we’ll find a way to start a “Celebrate Kansas Voices” project in 2010. I registered Ning sites for both Kansas and Texas versions of COV last summer just in case….

    I’ve visited with Cyndi Danner Kuhn about bringing a Google Workshop for Educators to Kansas this summer at KSU, and she’s been brainstorming some grant possibilities to support a “Celebrate Kansas Voices” project … We’ll definitely loop you in as these conversations continue.

  • Hallacyd

    35th anual Trapers Rendevious 2012 January 14-15th bring the family out for a fun filled hands on 1800′s history lesson. Talk to all the mountain man/trapper re-enactors and hear their stories. The rendevious were the facebook of 1800′s where old friends reunited and kept in touch.( JIM BRIDGER) alias Dave H.   

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