Non-profit 501(C)3
The National Rendezvous and Living History Foundation invites you to the

18th Annual Corps of Discovery
May 18-21, 2023
Covered Bridge Field
170 Covered Bridge Rd
McDonald, PA 15057

In May of 2023, the 18th annual National Rendezvous and Living History Foundation's Corps of Discovery teaching event will take place to help educate attendees on the ways of living and surviving in the American colonial era, between 1640 and 1840.

What is the Corps of Discovery?

This event is a learning exploration - much like Lewis and Clark when their expedition left for the great unknown from the banks of the Ohio River in 1804. What experiences can be explored? In the past we offered many seminars such as wing-bone turkey calls, cooking on an open fire with Dutch ovens, bow/arrow demonstrations, tomahawk and knife throwing, black powder shooting, and more. We are always adding different seminars or workshops. The staff of Corps of Discovery would like to extend an invitation to your group or home school. We are always seeking interested parties to attend. Please let us know if your group would be interested by contacting Don Ricetti - or 724 622-0599.


Don Ricetti
724 622-0599

Del In Charge
Mark Rebres

Registration Info:

Pre-registration deadline
April 27, 2023

Please register in advance if possible.
It helps with deciding on number of port-a-johns, amount of wood, amount of food and other decisions.


--NMLRA members and spouse or significant other - $20 each
--Non-members - $25 each
--Children 17 and younger - free

--Registration at gate

--NMLRA members and spouse or significant other - $25 each
--Non-members - $30 each
--Children 17 and younger - free

--Early set-up fee - $5/day per adult if not pre-registered

For a printable registration form from the NRLHF website,
click here.

To register by mail:
Mail completed registration form with a check made out to NRLHF to:
PO Box 5073
Statesville, NC 28687

To register online:
visit and click on "Corps of Discovery Cart" on the menu bar. You may pay through a Paypal account.  Your paperwork will be waiting for you at the gate, or better yet, fill out a registration form and take it with you.

For more registration information, contact NRLHF at:

For information about event rules and regulations, ethics, trade rules and other information, please
click here.


The 18th Annual National Rendezvous and Living History Foundation (NRLHF) Corps of Discovery returns to the Krepps Covered Bridge field near McDonald, PA. Beginning Wednesday, May 18 through Sunday, May 21, 2023, the event is free to the general public Thursday through Saturday from 10 am until 6 pm, and provides visitors a break in all things technological and a chance to leave 2023 behind and experience living history in a pre-1840 camp environment. The NRLHF Corps of Discovery staff remains committed to their goal of educating the public and providing a launching point to those who might be interested in becoming a re-enactor. This year we are allowing beginners to come and join. There will be an area set for participants with modern tents. There are more seminars being planned for this year. Home school and groups are welcome! If your group is interested in visiting, please contact Don Ricetti. We will be offering a shooting program as well as a woodswalk for hawk and knife and separate archery target. There are also Hawk Blocks. We had some casual competition this year; if we get enough people we will start doing more competitions. The 18th Annual NRLHF Corps of Discovery will be open to the general public Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Visiting hours will be 10:00am-6:00pm. We are currently in the beginning stages of seminar planning and also hope to have some other activities including Celtic games and as always a camp feast Saturday evening. Please watch FaceBook for updates on seminars, workshops and work parties. Work parties for the event start in March and will include cutting wood, clearing brush and cutting briars to make the new location even better.

For more information visit the 2021 events section of

The National Rendezvous and Living History Foundation Inc was formed in December of 1998 and incorporated March of 1999. A federal non-profit organization formed for the management of Living History Rendezvous between the time periods of 1640-1840, the NRLHF is a democratic foundation with elected delegates and Board of Directors.


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