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I have a newspaper article about Ft. Davis Celebration. HEADLINE: October6 event includes honoring Dutchover Family/ Fort's Friends urge community to "dress up" for festival STORY: FORT DAVIS- The Friends of Fort Davis National Historic Site are encouraging all area residents to "dress up" for this year's Freinds of FDNHS Festival October 6. "Dress up in late 19th Century or early 20th century clothing, that is During the years Frot Davis was an active fort, as well as for many decades after its abandomment, the fort was the center of social actibiities. Dances and picnics, attended by town and area residents, were regularly held on the grounds. The Friends organization would like to revive this tradition as part of its annual festival. "We are trying to have as many people as possbile dress in period clothing for this years festival, said Larry Francell, president of the Freinds. "It will help create a sense of actually being at the post during its heyday." It will also give area residents a head start on getting ready for the 150 anniversary of the establishment of the fort and the town of Ft. Davis. It is the hope of the Friends and the Fort Davis Historical Society that everyone will be in period dress for this celebration, planned October 2004. To encourage residents to "dress up", a Contest for the best historic costumes will be held during the festival. Fort volunteers and staff members whose outfits are provided by the fort will not be eligible to compete. The staff at Fort Davis has agreed to assist area residents with their outfits. A short paper outlining the type of clothing worn by civilian men, women and children in the late 19thentury is available. The fort also has sources for period patterns as well as some patterns that may be borrowed. Again this year the Friends plan to honor descendants of civilian and military personnel who served at the fort. Among the families to be acknowledged will be the descendants Deidrick Dutchover. Shortly after Fort Davis was established in 1854, Dutchover worked briefly as a civilian employee of the subsistence department. The descendants of several other fort families. some of who were recognized at previous festivals, will also be honored. "Having descendants, along with residents and visitors, dress in period clothing would truly make the day special," said FDNHS Superintendent Jerry Yarbough. For information, call the fort at 426-3225 or Don Mulhern oof the Descendants Committee at 837-3880. (There is also a picture of Area residents at the 4th of July in the late 1890s.)