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. 





Sunday, November 16, 2014

New York State National Guard Great Coat

This seems to be a post Civil War period great coat, either way, this was a cool find on eBay and went for about $4000.00. It belonged to a member of the 7th New York State National Guard. If you look at several of the men wearing the great coat, you'll notice the sleeve cuffs are not like the style you see on this jacket. Also, note the lack of a button up cape. I added two photographs of men wearing the great coat at the end of this posting.