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Flint Knapping Class

6/11/2022 | First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site | St. Charles, MO

Have you ever watched one of those survival shows and thought, "I wonder how I would handle a situation like that?" Well, here is your chance to find out! Whether you're lost in a forest, a guest on "Naked and Afraid," or preparing for the zombie apocalypse, you could use some help making stone weapons and tools. The best way to obtain that knowledge is by taking a flint knapping class – and we just happen to be hosting one! Sign up now and be prepared!

Your instructor, Larry Kinsella, has been flint knapping for over 42 years and has made replicas for Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, the Illinois State Museum, the University of Indiana, Southern Illinois University, Discovery Channel, and many other museums and universities throughout the country. He has taught at least a half-dozen classes at the First Missouri State Capitol in the past. Larry combines his archaeological expertise with his flint knapping experience to offer his students a rare perspective on earlier cultures. Join us for this truly unique craft class.

Knapping is the shaping of flint, chert, obsidian or other conchoidal-fracturing stone through the process of lithic reduction to manufacture stone tools, make strikers for flintlock firearms, or produce flat-faced stones for building walls and flushwork decoration.

The class fee is $35. For more information and to register, call the site at 636-940-3322.

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Class Time: noon - 4 p.m.
200 S. Main St., St. Charles, MO | 636-940-3322

Associated activities

  • Interpretive Programs