Historic campfire cooking demonstration at Hayes State Park July 25

Modern campers can learn about everyday cooking at a time when Coleman stoves and RV kitchens were unheard of, thanks to an upcoming program Saturday, July 25, at Hayes State Park near Onsted, Michigan. Walker Tavern site historian Laurie Perkins will lead the historic campfire cooking program from 2 to 3 p.m. at the park's campfire ring.

In addition to demonstrating a variety of utensils and describing techniques, Perkins will offer insights into the variety of ingredients used by pioneer cooks. “We think that pioneers ate only mush and beans, but their skills and diet were much more sophisticated than one-pot meals,” said Perkins.

The program will provide information on some 175-year-old recipes adapted so that modern campers can create them over their own campfires. The program is free to all ages but a Recreation Passport is required for park entry.

Walker Tavern is one of 11 nationally accredited museums administered by the Michigan Historical Center. It is located at the junction of U.S. 12 and M-50, southeast of Jackson. For more information, call 517-467-4401 or visit www.michigan.gov/walkertavern.

The Michigan Historical Center is part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Its museum and archival programs help people discover, enjoy and find inspiration in their heritage. It includes the Michigan Historical Museum, 10 regional museums, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve, and the Archives of Michigan. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/michiganhistory.