River of Time Returns to Bay City

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History comes alive each fall in Bay City as the Bay County historical society brings the River of Time to Downtown Bay city. Jan Rau is chair of the River of Time committee and says it’s important to be able to interact with history.

Rau says, “It helps you really get a better understanding of what your history was. You also come to have a better appreciation of what your ancestors did to get us to where we are today. And, when you can see it, touch it, feel it, talk to someone about it; you remember it better.”  

For over two decades historical re-enactors have come to the riverfront to make history come to life, but Rau says it is more than the skirmishes from the various wars that are presented. She says as important as the conflicts were, the ways in which people lived during each time period are also portrayed. She says from the Native Americans, women, children and soldiers give accurate presentations of the way things were at the time. She says the purpose is not to re-write history, but to present it as it actually happened.

Rau says one of the most important portrayals is family life. She says what she’s seen is that everyone in the family participates, working to maintain their home, whether it is a tent or cabin. She says what the re-enactors do is show daily life from cooking, to sewing and family interactions. Daily programs start at 8 am on Friday September 22 in the South Veteran’s Park in Bay City. Program details are available at riveroftime.org.

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