Town of Lisbon - Throw a tomahawk with Ulysses S. Grant and Civil War veterans at Lisbon’s 10th annual Heritage Weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at Lisbon Community Park.
More than 75 re-enactors representing dozens of historical periods will be on-site during the weekend. There will be a children’s area where they can play historical children’s games, as well as dancers representing historical periods and music, including an American Indian flute player.
New to the event this year will be tram tours of the Lisbon-Merton Union Cemetery offered twice daily. A tractor will pull people around to each re-enactor in the cemetery, who will tell the story of one person buried there from the Civil War, World War I and early Merton historical periods.
“Last year, the event brought 1,400-1,600 people,” said Marlene Kumitsch, founder of the event and chair of the Lisbon Park Committee. “Every year it increases. The park committee is in charge of this whole thing, and they are all volunteers. Heritage was my baby from the beginning, but without all these extra people helping, I couldn’t do it.”
Kumitsch called the Lisbon Community Park a “hidden gem” and predicted this year’s event will draw even more people.
“It’s a free family event,” Kumitsch said. “It’s exposing people to all different re-enactors of all different genres. We have a lot of fun. How did people live? Where did they get their food? You can go up to the different re-enactors and learn all sorts of things.”