Historical Tidbits

When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few. June 28, 1778 – BATTLE OF MONMOUTH:  fought near Monmouth Court House the Continental Army engaged the British Army retreating from Philadelphia.  The battle was tactically inconclusive and strategically …

Basic Colonial Brewing -Making the Brew

Once you have wort, its time to actually “brew” (from the Dutch brouwen: to bubble or effervesce) the beer.  I hope by now you realize that a lot more work goes into preparing to brew than actually brewing the beer.  When I do demonstrations, someone always remarks that brewing takes a long time but in …

Government Red Tape

Today, “Red Tape” is a derisive term for rigid conformity to formal government regulations that slow or prevent action and decision-making. Usually applied to government and corporate bureaucracies, we associate “red tape” with filling out of seemingly unnecessary paperwork and various low-level rules that make conducting one’s affairs slower and more difficult.  It may surprise …

YES, you can hold a LIMITED interpretation/reenacting event in the age of COVID-19.

Yesterday the Colonial Scientist Went to Fort Mifflin.  We had about a score of visitors, that’s twenty more than I have seen since March!, so I would say this was a limited success. As we “reopen” our favorite sites and events with masks and physical distancing, it won’t feel the same as last year but …

Fort Mifflin Freedom Blast Declaration of Independence Will Be Read to the Army Sunday; June 28, 2020

It is important for the army to understand why they are fighting. After long deliberation, the Continental Congress finally voted to draft a Declaration of Independence on June 2, 1776. I have a copy of the draft that Mstrs. Adams, Franklin, Livingston, and Jefferson are preparing in Philadelphia. In order to boast morale I will …