One Two Buckle my Shoe, Three Four Fall on the Floor…

So, I bought myself some new period correct shoes – straight lasted with new leather soles.  My other period shoes are military shoes with metal heel plates so the last thought I had was the coefficient of static friction between leather and carpet…   Yes, I fell down the stairs!  Nothing was hurt but my pride.  …

Chanukah in Colonial America

What religious story most resonates with the spirit of the American Revolution?  Yes, there are many stories in many religions that people overcoming atrocities and oppression.  But consider for just a moment the story of Judah Maccabee. In the late 6th century BCE, the Persian emperor Cyrus the Great let the Jews go home after …

Pottsgrove Manor Candlelight Program

Last Sunday, I participated in the Candlelight program at Pottsgrove Manor.  Everyone should attend an evening reenactment event as it has a very different atmosphere than we have become accustomed to in our over illuminated, “blandscaped” twenty-first century.  Even with the crowds and constantly being “on show,” there is something about candlelight that is soothing …

Crossing the Delaware 2019

For me this year’s crossing at McConkey’s Ferry was special.  I have done the Crossing many times but always as an infantryman.  This year, several of the 14th Continental Regiment failed to show, and the organizers asked for volunteers to join Col Glover’s famed Marbleheaders.  I stepped up and was a rower, ferrying the army …

Bring Documents to your Reenactments!

Today Americans boast a whoppingly deplorable literacy rate of about 86% depending on how you measure literacy.  Compare this to Colonial New England where, discounting slaves, women, indentured servants, and indians, in a time when books, newpapers, and magazines were largely unobtainable, the literacy rate was almost 60%*.  Today with telephones, television, radio, and various …

You are Invited to 12th Night at Pottsgrove Manor!

What is Twelfth Night? In the 18th Century, the coming of December meant short days and long winter nights. Colonist to America brought traditions that had been long cherished as a means of bringing light and gaiety to an otherwise drab time of the year. The six weeks from early December (Advent) to the sixth …

Despite Today’s Politics, the Turkey was Never Considered as Our National Symbol

There is a myth that the turkey almost came to represent the United States. The story goes that after the Declaration of Independence was signed, Congress asked Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams to design a seal for our new nation. Since many of the Germanic nations, incorporate eagles into their pageantry, the eagle …