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Keelboat "Aux Arc" and Early Arkansaw Reenactors Association

EARA Mission Statement: To Provide an environment in which individuals and groups can experience the cultural life of early Arkansaw.

"These people make me think about history!" A quote from nine year old Zane Huss during the keelboat "Aux Arc" encampment at Jonesville, Louisiana, December 29th, 2009.

Our activities are designed to provide hands-on experience for the general public using experiential archaeology and living history demonstrations. Our members boast a wide variety of skills including animal husbandry, food preparation, clothing styles and manufacturing, home-building techniques, furniture making, shingle making, spinning, weaving and knitting, natural dyeing, early lighting, games and recreation and other various cultural aspects of early Arkansaw life. One of our most prized possessions is our 40-foot wooden keelboat, the Aux Arc, a replica of the boats that commonly floated Arkansas rivers in the days before the steamboat.

With so much to choose from, you never know what will be happening at one of our gatherings! keelboat "Aux Arc" encampment at Jonesville, Louisiana, December 29th, 2009.

Objective: To develop and maintain locations in which to hold rendezvous and other events typical of the early Arkansaw time period.

EARA is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving our Arkansas heritage. We specialize in the activities and concerns of the "common folk" that populated this area before Arkansas became a state in 1836. We are an all-volunteer organization, and work in cooperation with public schools, parks and museums to provide programs in which the public can experience frontier life first-hand.         

Check out this video of our famous "keelboat"