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Jenny Q (Jenny_Q) | 591 comments Mod
The purpose of this discussion thread is to share upcoming historical events with the group. For example, re-enactments, museum exhibitions, commemorative celebrations, etc. Thanks to Liz V. for suggesting this topic!

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Mary (MaryBT) | 40 comments Every August the Battle of Lone Jack (Missouri) is re-enacted. I went once a long time ago and every year I intend to go again, but something always comes up that weekend. Dang it!

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Jenny Q (Jenny_Q) | 591 comments Mod
We're going to Jamestown this Saturday for the kick off of the 2012 archaeological dig.

message 4: by Misfit (new)

Misfit Le sigh. You just don't get that kind of stuff in the Pacific Northwest. Medieval fairs and what not yes, this kind of stuff no.

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Joe (JoeHohmann) | 142 comments Every year, nearby my home, they re-enact the Revolutionary War "Battle of Brandywine". Great fun, even though the Hessians win.

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Patricia O'Sullivan | 20 comments Newport, Rhode Island's historical society is hosting various tours over the next few months. Every major time period will be represented: Colonial Newport tours including the Jewish synagogue, Revolutionary War Newport tours, the "Rogues and scoundrels" tour, the Golden Age and Gilded Age tour, the "presidents retreat" tour, the religious toleration tour, and the African Americans in Newport tour. More info here:

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Liz V. | 33 comments Jenny, thanks.

May I repost part of my comment: Liz V. The Reading Air Show website talks about 1700+ WWII reenactors for this year's show:

One year when I attended, there were WWI reenactors.

message 8: by Ken (new)

Ken Consaul | 114 comments Liz wrote: "May I repost part of my comment: Liz V. The Reading Air Show website talks about 1700+ WWII reenactors for this year's show:"

That looks like quite an event. On May 5-6 the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, CA is doing something similar. For those in southern CA:

message 10: by Suzanne (last edited May 23, 2012 03:08PM) (new)

Suzanne Adair | 163 comments You can find a month-by-month list of the major Revolutionary War reenacting/living history events in North Carolina and South Carolina on my web site here. For each entry, there's a link to the site and an explanation of the historical doings that lead up to the actual event. Including the minor events, there's so much Revolutionary War living history in North Carolina and South Carolina that you could easily find an event to attend every month of the year. Huzzah!

I didn't list events such as the Joel Lane House's Annual Fourth of July Open House that aren't held to commemorate an actual historical event on location. If you've been to that kind of fun event set during Revolutionary War times, tell me about it. I'm getting ready to update my web site (overdue) and am considering including some of those.

BTW I've attended every one of the events on my list in period clothing. :-) I'm a reenactor, too.

Suzanne Adair

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Regina Shelley (ReginaS) | 9 comments Man, I wish I'd seen this thread before I was in Brattonsville a couple weekends ago for the Battle of Huck's Defeat. Anyone in the Rock Hill, South Carolina area ought to check out Brattonsville. Even where there isn't an event going on, it's awesome. I even took some "room decor" shots and used them on my blog in one of my chapters. Pretty sure they have a website, if anyone's interested.

message 12: by Liz (new)

Liz V. | 33 comments Re living history site called Old World Wisconsin:

message 13: by Joe (new)

Joe (JoeHohmann) | 142 comments Although I live near Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and re-enactments of the Battle of Brandywine, my favorite "Living History" place is Greenfield Village in the Detriot MI area. Next door is the Henry Ford Museum...another "mind blower".

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