Venture corsets wholesale Bound: Living history museums save our past
By Wayne and Carla AndersonThe high number corsets wholesale of living history museums indicates how important it is that adults and children learn about the past. This enables us all to understand the process of creation – the good things that happened at various times which improved our country.
Wikipedia long gown dress lists 110 agriculture museums, 10 transportation museums and 146 other open air and history museums.
The intent of these museums is to show us how our predecessors lived and to provide history lessons not only for travelers but also for schools and children.
Re-enactors in the museums are there to jdfhggfhk bring alive people of the past. Some examples of the best of these places are: Colonial Williamsburg, Va.; Old World Wisconsin in Eagle; Conner Prairie Living History in Fishers, Ind.; Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa; and Old Bedford village in Pennsylvania.
At first we supposed that museums just used regular employees for re-enactors. But we soon felt that they were special and took the role as a treasured opportunity to really become part of what life was like in the past.
The first level is made up of the curators. They often tell the stories from an impersonal approach, but they have all the facts, know the history of the artifacts and share stories about what surrounds them.
In the second level are the re-enactors who work at different levels of reality. They are in costume and living in the past. They know the period and can answer any questions about the time they are living in.
As we talked with them we could feel their desire to connect with the past and become genuine participants, to the extent that’s possible. At this level you are getting the full attention of visitors, adults and children.
Most of the individuals at this level dress in handmade clothes and shoes made of materials used in the past and have studied particular tasks to gain expert skills. Thus we have met blacksmiths, potters, carpenters, druggists and doctors who truly have developed the skills of that period.
Those portraying people in the 1820s wear linen because cotton was too expensive and cook their meals in Dutch ovens heated by ashes and charcoal from the fireplace. They are cooking food from the period in many cases grown on farmland that surrounds them. Many of them seem to be living their own families’ histories.
On the Norwegian farm at Old World Wisconsin we saw the Norwegian bachelor farmer frying a squirrel he had just killed that morning.
At the German farm they were cooking vegetables fresh out of the nearby garden and frying eggs laid by chickens running around outside.
A third level of re-enacting is more difficult for the storyteller. He or she becomes a particular person from the past and can talk only from that frame of reference. Some of these people are very convincing.
The ones we have most enjoyed are re-enactors portraying leaders of the past, especially presidents. Among them, we have met presidents Harry Truman, Andrew Johnson and Abe Lincoln. Among famous people we have met are Mark Twain, William Clark, John Muir and Jesse James’ brother, Frank.
A final participant in a living history museum is someone who actually was there as part of the history. In our case this has included a miner in a living history mine in West Virginia who had spent 27 years as miner there, and a guide at Oak Ridge who had worked on atomic energy before retiring.
For anyone interested, we have combined 66 stories from our Venture Bound column about living history museums into a new book, “Travels Into Our Past: Volume Two.”
The book is available on Amazon and locally at the Yellow Dog Bookshop. Earlier we had included 50 stories about America’s living museums and historical sites in “Travels Into Our Past: Volume One,” also available on Amazon and the Yellow Dog.