Thomas Jefferson was Obsessed with Getting a Moose Shipped to Europe

On May 17, 1785, Jefferson became the United States’ second-ever minister to France, succeeding the equally-famous Benjamin Franklin. As his nation’s top diplomat in Paris, he met many of France’s top leaders and thinkers, including Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, a well-regarded naturalist. Buffon, like many European elites at the time, believed that Europe was …

Brewing Up History with Regimental Brewmeister

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2022 10 AM – 6 PMHerkimer House200 NY-169Little Falls, NY 13365 Perhaps you are an accomplished homebrewer and you want to appreciate the challenges faced by brewers in the 18th Century who brewed good beer without all the instrumentation and modern equipment we rely on, perhaps you are a history buff and …

Brewing Up History with Regimental Brewmeister

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2022 10 AM – 6 PMHerkimer House200 NY-169Little Falls, NY 13365 Perhaps you are an accomplished homebrewer and you want to appreciate the challenges faced by brewers in the 18th Century who brewed good beer without all the instrumentation and modern equipment we rely on, perhaps you are a history buff and …

Come Join the Colonial Brewer in Marshallton

I will be setting up the Colonial Brewery at Martins Tavern in Marshallton as part of the Humphrey Marshall Day celebration (https://www.martinstavern.org/) on October 8th. Samples will be available and you can have a real 18th Century tavern experience with news, toasting, period food, period beer, and tavern games (albeit outside in the ruins of …

Washington’s Visit to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island

Newport, R.I. 18 August 1790 Gentlemen,While I receive, with much satisfaction, your Address replete with expressions of affection and esteem; I rejoice in the opportunity of assuring you, that I shall always retain a grateful remembrance of the cordial welcome I experienced in my visit to Newport, from all classes of Citizens. The reflection on the days of difficulty …

Why I March with the Color Guard

“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman….”  Thomas Paine, The Crisis (19 December 1776) So, I just had a stupid argument …

That Guy

That Guy So, we had this event in Littiz, Celebrate America, and I set my tents to represent Fort Mifflin.  Part of our display was the gear of a Revolutionary Soldier and, naturally, I brought my Brown Bess.  Now, you have to understand the nature of this event.  It was not a reenactment nor a …

Is This the Way it Was Really Done?  My Policies on Historical Accuracy.

Okay, we are not LARPing.  I know there are some out there who are gung-ho for the fantasy or mythical reality of the American Revolution but we are trying to teach history so historical accuracy is a must.  At my events, I strive to be as accurate as possible with the following caveats: When being …