Saturday, April 11, 2015

Colonial Pennsylvania South Mountain Impression

The impression is coming along very nicely. Fingers and thumbs are sore from sewing, but the end result, things are looking great.

 Although, I am still lacking a decent period musket and leather belts for the waist and belly cartridge box, I am wearing the standard garb that could be used for militia and minus the haversack, it could also be used for hunting. The blanket shirt over top of the basic undershirt and neckerchief. The leggins are made of wool, hand-stitched to fit over the stocking and protecting them from the woods and keeping my legs warm during the cool temperatures. 

This side view also shows my powder horn and a small leather shooter bag. The tri-corn hat completes the outfit. 

Here I am wearing the basic waist coat. The shirt I redyed in Walnut juice that I handmade. 

Here is another shot, this time I am lacking the wool leggins for the regular stockings. 




Sunday, December 28, 2014

Two More Impressions in the Works

We have been busy putting programs together and lately we have been wanting to promote the other historical aspects of the Monterey Pass region to a broader group of people. The end result is this. This impression has a long way to go, but for the program here is the description.  

Colonial History of Monterey Pass: Students will learn about the Monterey Pass area during the mid 1700’s. Prior to the French and Indian War, Monterey Pass was a major transportation route that led to Appalachia. After the Revolutionary War, roads were built as settlers settled into the area. Also, Mason and Dixon established the boundary that settled a land dispute between Maryland and Pennsylvania which became the unofficial line that separated north and south. Using museum quality reproductions, the Living Historian will show students many items and clothing that a civilian from 1750 would have worn and used during this time period and some of the challenges that faced. Group size: Up to 100. Time: 30 minutes. Grades 1-8.

The second program we are building deals with Camp Ritchie. Monterey Pass during World War Two: Students will learn about the area during World War Two and the military exercises that took place. Since Camp Ritchie is nearby we will share stories of what it was like to be in “Hillbilly” country. Using museum quality reproductions, the Living Historian will show students many items and clothing that an American solder would have worn as well as what the average German soldier would have worn. Group size: Up to 100. Time: 30 minutes. Grades 8-12. We are still working on this program.