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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012 5:30 pm

If what you know of United States history came out of school textbooks, prepare to be enthralled by our shared past as never before.

The American Heritage Festival will bring the characters and stories many of us know by heart to life Nov. 17 and 18 on the fields of Schnepf Farms — and the point is to interact with them.

The 10-year-old festival is one of the biggest living history displays in the Southwest, with a large cast of historical re-enactors from around the country.

They’ll give visitors a glimpse of what American life was like, from the days of the Founding Fathers on, with American Revolution battle re-enactments, speeches by famous men and women from history, and the portrayal everyday folk such as craftsmen, colonists, musicians and mountain men, going about what would have been their daily routines.

You’ll also find an 18th century-style church service in the fields, live historic music, a period fashion show and merchants selling all manner of historic goods.

Some of the eras covered include frontier and pioneer periods, the Civil War, the Old West, the World Wars and Vietnam.

DETAILS >> 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 17-18. Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek. $15 (cash only) per person; free for kids 3 and younger. (480) 777-1776 or AmericanHeritageFestival.com.

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