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Militia Muster at Fort St. Joseph

Fort St. Joseph was an 18th century French trading post nearly Niles, Michigan. Now the site of an ongoing archaeological investigation, the fort witnessed a militia muster on the eve of the American Revolution in 1775. See how living history re-enactors have interpreted this activity and how they can provide a better understanding of our colonial past. 

Watch the 2013 Aurora Award winner documentary video.  For two days, footage was collected and interviews conducted with immersion interpreters and re-enactors at the archaeology site in Niles, Michigan.  Topics cover the muster roll-call, colonial recreational activities, frontier life as experienced by women, and the 18th century artifacts uncovered by the WMU archaeological field school, providing insight into the lives of French, British and native inhabitants of this historically important site on the eve of the revolution.

To download the video and save on your computer hard drive, use this video link.