|Why, good day to you! Won't you stop in? It's been a while since we last visited!|
For at least a decade, the Fort Wayne event was held in July. But with complaints of the heat of summer from reenactors, the date was moved in 2013 and, well, there are no complaints of heat anymore. Now they're complaining of it being too cold!
Ah well, such is life...
Anyhow, as in previous years, we were able to utilize a period 19th century home as our own for the entire weekend, and we had a fine and fun time enjoying the experience, as we always do. We so enjoy the opportunity of becoming ghosts of people past while inside, and this year was no different.
It's always special when we can become part of a sensurround history. Although I do reenact in period homes frequently, I never tire of it. And neither do my fellow living historians.
We did not do immersion this time, but, instead, did a sort of "2nd person" - a combination of 1st and 3rd - and spoke to patrons as if we were from the past but with a teaching knowledge of the future.
Does that make sense?
Well, with that being said (and hopefully understood), let's take a photographic journey into the past...150 years ago, to September 1864 - - -
|Welcome to our home. Yes, this is the place we called home during the weekend, and we treated it as such. No, they would not allow us to spend the night inside, though that would have been a great (albeit maybe a bit scary) experience.|
|Yes, feel free to use our hall tree to hang your hats, bonnets, and wraps.|
|"Idle hands are the devil's workshop" as the adage goes, so even friends who came to visit, such as Mrs. St. John here, found herself spending time with the paddles, allowing my daughter to run off for a bit to play with her friends.|
|Mrs. Schubert stayed with us at the house and was able to get quite a bit accomplished on her crochet sweater project.|
|Our young neighbor came calling on this day as well. It is always nice to see this young lady and her baby daughter.|
|A new friend, Miss Lynch, stopped in and she and my wife became fast friends. Miss Lynch is new to this world of the 1860s and we are helping her become acquainted to the fashions and customs of her new life.|
|Throughout the weekend, guests came and went. On Sunday afternoon, we were paid a surprise visit by a very well-known couple. Can you guess who stopped over?|
|Here is a panoramic view of our front parlor. That's my wife to the left, my daughter's friend Anna, my daughter (crocheting a blanket), the Lincoln's, and our good friend, Mrs. Kushnir.|
|Neighbors like Mrs. Cook, who waved as she moved along the plank walk, on her way to celebrate her special birthday.|
|Yep...it was a fine weekend.|
And this was the way our reenactment went while at Historic Fort Wayne, and it was great to see patrons get excited over a history lesson they were able to see, hear, & touch, but, most likely were not taught in school.
Until next time in time...
By the way, look who is on the cover of the latest issue of Chronicle - The Magazine of the Historical Society of Michigan: