10th Mountain Division History Camp set for July 11 & 12 in Fraser
Come visit with the men of the 10th Mountain Division as the Grand County Historical Association presents a living history encampment with members of the 10th Mountain Division Living History Group. Members hail from the Midwest and Colorado.
The group of soldier-historians portray the famed U.S. Ski Troops – the 10th Mountain Division of World War II with historically accurate uniforms, stories and equipment.
The group’s primary method of narrating the legacy of the WW II 10th Mountain trooper is through the medium of Living History, seeing the artifacts and talking to those who represent those of Colorado’s “Greatest Generation.”
They present to the public, life in a campsite or on the front lines in WW II, with the living historians in period uniform or other clothing, living as close to the way things were done 75 years ago. Each trooper is versed in a mountain specialty that would have been found at Ft. Lewis, Camp Hale, Camp Swift or in Italy. They study their area specialty and have become proficient in their own field, and in many cases, experts that can be called upon to assist others in research topics.
A Living History exhibit is like a museum without glass cases. A soldier-historian can share the contents of his pack; teach the basics of cleaning the M-1 Garand rifle, operate a field telephone, or describe and demonstrate the operation of an Medical Aid Station. See the authentic equipment, hear the stories, and learn about the “Boys of Winter” who helped defeat the Nazis in WW II.
Also accompanying the group are female WAC personnel who supported the 10th Mountain Division. These troops influenced not only the ski industry, but became the first green movement in the United States. The 10th Mountain is still active and is based at Fort Drum, N.Y.
The free, outdoor interactive displays include mountain infantry, ski equipment, climbing gear and a horse mounted display (sans horse) from this epoch period of our history.
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