Noah and I recently shot a video of the Regimental Brewmiester and while we certainly could have done a better production, we are inspired to create a few more. In this time of social distancing and our parks suffering from ZERO attendance (hence zero revenue), we need to do something to remind people what they love about reenactors and living history so we are in the early stages of creating these videos:

  • Colonial Surveyors
    • We need a crew of 3 to 5 men in military kit to survey and map a portion of Fort Mifflin. I already have agreement from the fort that we can access the site but we need to develop the program and shoot the film with appropriate social distancing and safeguards. (I have the surveyors gear).
  • Colonial Scientist (Transit of Venus 1763, weather observations, spontaneous generation, etc)
    • It would be nice to shoot a simulated observatory then step back to a more vlog style discussion of the history.
  • Soldiers at Rest (camp cooking, mending, drill, etc)
    • We want to keep this simple but show people what they would have seen had they gone to one of the cancelled reeactments. Location can be discussed.
  • 18th Century Tavern Games
    • I have the games and LOTS of beer. The challenge here is social distance.
  • 18th Century Artisans (Chandler, Cordswainer, etc)
    • Noah and I may proceed with some of these on our own but if you have a trade, we would love to collaborate and create a bigger film.

The complication with all of these is, of course social distancing and time, so careful planning is a must. I would like your help. If you are willing to collaborate, help write, or even be part of these films, I would like to hear from you. Don’t just binge films at home, lets make something binge worthy of our own. Come help me help others experience history 1st hand.

Published by Michael Carver

My goal is to bring history alive through interactive portrayal of ordinary American life in the late 18th Century (1750—1799) My persona are: Journeyman Brewer; Cordwainer (leather tradesman but not cobbler), Statesman and Orator; Chandler (candle and soap maker); Gentleman Scientist; and, Soldier in either the British Regular Army, the Centennial Army, or one of the various Militia. Let me help you experience history 1st hand!

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  1. Michael, I am relatively new to ‘reenacting’ but have been doing living stuff for about a decade. I am a musician, with heavy emphasis on Irish music and have been developing the persona of an 18th century tavern musician. If you have any need for a couple of songs to be shot for the Tavern Games video, I would offer to be part of that. Attached is my picture from the Fort Mifflin tavern night back in January or February. Let me know if this interests you.

    Gary Smith

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    1. Hey Gary,

      As soon as the quarantine order is safely lifted (safely NOT politically!), we are hoping to do another Tavern Night at Fort Mifflin. Keep in touch. Music is a great way to share the history of the 18th Century and if you are willing to partner with the Regimental Brewmieister, you will always find a welcome stool and tankard next to the brewer for you to practice your art.

      As far as videos are concerned, Neil Hobbins at Pottsgrove Manor (nhobbins@montcopa.org) is building a VIRTUAL MAYFAIR for May 2. Not a lot of time but if you could find a locale (Noah and I literally shot the brewing video in our backyard) and record even one song, I am sure he would be very grateful. Once you get the hang of making and editing these (Neil will edit anything you send him this weekend), make more and we can get them posted to the various sites you support. I will help you get video posted to Fort Mifflin’s and Pottsgrove’s websites and would be happy to host anything you have to offer (as will youtube).

      Our parks and historic sites DEPEND on us to literally keep the lights on. The more we can do to insure that once people are able to get out that they go to our local historic treasures the better. The funding PMHC and the NPS give to their parks is related to attendance so keeping the focus on events and tours is vital. Lets discuss more.

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