Are you a history buff and fan of heritage sites and events?  Does your family love interactive experiences? If so, Ganondagan State Historic Site is holding a must-see event, “A Seneca Encounter with LaSalle” on September 26-27, 2009 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day. 

Meet the famous French Explorer LaSalle

Meet the famous French Explorer LaSalle

This event will be very exciting because of the level of accuracy of the reenactment.  According to Michael Galban, one of Ganondagan’s site interpreters and an avid historian, in the past two years there has been extensive online collaboration about this historic event, which will be reflected in this reenactment. A French priest named Galinée accompanied LaSalle, taking extensive notes on all aspects of the exploration, which has aided research.

You’ll get to meet all the people who made “first contact,” played by reenactors from across the country. Their clothing, tools, weapons and many other details of the encounter will be replicated authenticly, making it one of the most accurate reenactments ever to take place!

See the first encounter between the Seneca People and LaSalle

See the first encounter between the Seneca People and LaSalle

In addition to the reenactment, there will be Native American games and interactive activities, demonstrations of Native American and Colonial arts, a Parlay (trading event), a trading post, tours of the bark longhouse, trail walks and other fun activities.  Artisans of period crafts, seldom seen at any festival, will will sell their works as well as provide information and demonstrations of the craft.  Food will be available for purchase onsite.

Ganondagan State Historic Site is located at 1488 State Route 444 in Victor, NY.  Admission to this event is $5 for adults and $3 for students, Seniors and Friends of Ganondagan Members.  Children 5 and under are free.

SPECIAL EVENT FOR EDUCATORS: Educators are invited to attend Educators’ Day on Friday, September 25 where they’ll experience the reenactment of “A Seneca Encounter with LaSalle” and receive a resource packet designed to assist in teaching about the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) culture and traditions.  The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. Admission is $30 for educators, $25 for Friends of Ganondagan Members and includes continental breakfast, reenactment experience and educators’ packet.

Photos by David Mitchell, courtesy of Ganondagan State Historic Site

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