Historical Reenactment and Living History

There are active historical reenactment and living history groups in the region. They take what they do seriously and are truly historians, even though most of them do not hold degrees in that field. Historical reenactment is the restaging of actual events from the past, while living history involves, to the largest degree possible, recreating the conditions of the past and spending time living in them.

Field school students will be exposed to some of these activities. Whenever possible, these will be hands-on demonstrations. These include many, or all, of the following:

Loading and firing of Civil War era cannons; Cavalry equipment, weapons, and tactics; Infantry equipment, weapons, and tactics; Period foods; Military uniforms; Civilian dress for both men and women; Blacksmithing; Local Hispanic culture; Flint Knapping; Local folklore; and Victorian domestic arts.