Saturday, January 24, 2009

Not A Walk-About, but A Talk-A-Bout

If you looked at the title , and wondered if you had reached the wrong blog - it's still me. I have decided upon the new title and expanded thought area because it gives me more to talk about. Opinions available on any and all subjects, though I have listed in the heading some of my main interests. There is still a web page devoted entirely to the DAR Reenactors and Historical Interpreters, but there will be a plethora of other subject matter here as well.

To start off - I find it a matter of serious concern that so many cultural sites (museums, historical loations, etc.) have been answering their economic woes with the layoffs or cutting back of personnel. I know, times are difficult (we are told) and income is below expectation, but I cannot help but think that there might be more creative economies without jeopardizing the livelihood of so many, who certainly cannot, unemployed, be able to strengthen the spending base. Just an opinion.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


And a special welcome to Leanne -

In her owen words: "I am so pleased to add to this blog. I am in central Pennslyvania. A member of the Colonial Dames of the XVII John Hand Chapter. DARA Shikelimo Chapter Lewisburg, Pa. My children and I are currently forming a Children of The American Revolution Chapter in Union County Pa. We will be sponsored by my DAR chapter. I am actuvely recruiting members for the formation of this society. We participate in Northern Lancaster Long Rifles in May, Union County Heritage Days in August, Fort Freeland Days in October, Fort Freeland/Warrior Run Apprentice program. Several local parades and events as well as photographing and documenting old cemeteries and church me at "

A Dual Concept

As we begin to promote this dual concept of DAR and re-enacting/interpretation as a way of encouraging prospective DAR members (women, 18 and over who can document their lineage to a man or woman who was a patriot - not just military - in the American Revolution) to go ahead and put together their application papers. This procedure is to be found, along with a multiplicity of opportunities to interest and involve in this non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America's future through better education. More than 836,000 have joined since it was founded in 1890. DAR was incorporated by an Act of Congress in 1896. More at

Thursday, January 1, 2009

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Introductions - 1st Series

INTRODUCTIONS -- the first in a series - -these are from a Massachusetts Chapter:

The following three are from Duxbury Chapter MDAR: Duxbury has a very diverse membership, varied in age, in occupations and in interests.

BARBARA is former Massachusetts State Historian as well as a Chapter Ex-Regent. She has held several Chapter Committee chairmanships, and State committee chairmanships. A re-enactor for more than 35 years, she has served with the 64th Regiment of Foot, Dedham Militia , Sudbury Company of Minute & Militia and the Royal Regiment of Artillery. She was an authenticity inspector and Coordinator of the artillery Park encampment at Yorktown Bicentennial. She now does first person interpretations of Known and Little-known Women of the Eighteenth Century and has edited a publication for re-enactors - Circle of the Rose (now out of print) and originated the 18cwoman, a Yahoo list server. The image posted on Sunday is Barbara as Abigail Adams in her elder years.
PATRICE currently serves as American Indian Chairman. A re-enactor for more than 30 years (on and off). She usually pops in and assists her mother, Barbara , as (among others) the daughter of Mrs. Sarah Brown and an unusual depiction of Mercy Otis Warren with Patrice as Mercy Otis Warren in her quinquagenarian years and Barbara as an octogenarian Mercy.
JOAN is a new member of DAR and is a storyteller and actress, a Creative Teaching Partner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She depicts American women in a program series “Petticoat Adventures.” Her presentations include Deborah Sampson, Johanna Sears Burgess, Rachel Revere, and Louisa Catherine Adams.
. . . . . . . more to come . . . . . in Massachusetts and elsewhere . . . . . . . . .