Fort Dearborn Bicentennial group offers trip to Mississinewa 1812

Chicagoans, Hoosiers and neighbors are invited to time travel with The Fort Dearborn Bicentennial Initiative and experience frontier life in Indiana and Illinois as it was during the War of 1812.

The journey will take a day trip to Mississinewa 1812, the largest War of 1812 reenactment in the country. At Mississinewa 1812 (near today’s Marion, Ind.) mingle with hundreds of re-enactors representing Indians, American, British and Canadian militia and soldiers, river pirates and settlers — all gathered at the site of two December 1812 battles.

The day trip departs for Mississinewa 1812 in the early morning aboard a luxury motor coach from locations in the Chicago area and northwest Indiana (including Alsip/ Crestwood) on your choice of Saturday, Oct. 13 or Sunday, Oct. 14, and returns that same evening.

En route, get a preview of Mississinewa 1812 from a re-enactor of the 1st U.S. Fort Dearborn Garrison, who will explain frontier life in Illinois and Indiana. Once there explore the “frontier” on your own, meeting the people of the river town, Indian village, wilderness and military encampments, learning about customs, crafts, practicalities and warfare, shopping for clothing, trinkets, tools and wares, buying frontierstyle meals, drinks and snacks, enjoying the stories, music and songs of the era, and taking in morning and afternoon reenactments of battles occurring in the Old Northwest.

Tickets are $50 to $85, with special rates for seniors/new adults/re-enactors and kids.

The price includes the entrance fee and roundtrip transportation, with both a hearty continental breakfast buffet and afternoon tastings of local food and drink onboard. Saturday will feature an educators’ discussion of living history in the classroom; electronic teaching resources will be available for $18.12.

When they register and pay by Oct. 7, readers of The Regional who mention the paper will receive a free “Fort Dearborn Bicentennial Initiative 1812-2012” tote bag ($10 value).

Adults and kids paying the “standard” ticket rate can earn a 12 percent instant rebate if they are wearing clothing authentic to 1812 or their official “Fort Dearborn Bicentennial Initiative 1812-2012” T-shirt as they first board the bus.

Details and online registration available at: Or, you may call Sherry Meyer of The Fort Dearborn Bicentennial Initiative at (312) 318-3526.

The Fort Dearborn Bicentennial Initiative is a project of InSites, owned by geographer Sherry Meyer, of Palos Heights.