The first was a middle school presentation (East Hills Middle School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan).
I really enjoy doing school events - most of the kids are very well behaved and respectful and truly seem interested.
|The military men of the 21st Michigan gave a fine presentation to the 8th graders, who sat on a set of bleachers while they listened.|
|There was a deaf interpreter for one of the classes that had a few hard-of-hearing children|
|The firing of the muskets was, perhaps, the biggest thrill of all|
|There was a dog tent set up and the kids enjoyed crawling through to to get a feel for how little room there actually was for the soldier in camp|
|Dressing up students in military uniforms is always a fun part of the presentation. In this way the kids can actually feel just how heavy everything was for the soldier to carry|
|I also allowed time for questions|
|One of our members (and her son) brought an actual period telegraph machine. The kids and teachers were fascinated with this contraption. So was I!|
|The 1860's version of texting: the kids were allowed to tap the telegraph machine to get a feel for what it was like to be a telegraph operator.|
|Another 21st Michigan member explained the true story of what it was like to be living in Shilo in 1862 as a family with northern sympathies. She based her story on the life of her great great grandmother.|
|Her stories brought to life what so many people went through during that awful time. The 8th graders were enthralled.|
|They all took turns holding a parasol.|
|And then there was Larissa as well as my daughter who explained of everyday farm life in 1860's Michigan.|
|Of course, some students were not prepared for the surprise firing of the muskets!|
|The civilian participants of the 21st Michigan for the school presentation|
|The military participants of the 21st Michigan (and friends) of the school presentation|
With all the history surrounding us it's unfortunate that we would be situated near a parking lot. Oh well. We still made the best of the situation and spoke to many interested and appreciated townsfolk.
I hope you enjoy these photos:
|Members of our military love to show the visitors the muskets from 150 years ago|
|And, just like in the school presentations, it's always fun to dress the kids (and sometimes adults) up in uniform|
|My son Rob played his fife to entertain not only the visitors but us reenactors as well|
|Some of the ladies had a sewing circle going|
|The girls enjoyed jumping rope in their Civil War era dresses|
|Wait - what's that?? This ghostly figure kept following me around the Bancroft House Museum!|
|But the ghost could not go beyond the front door...whew!!!|
|Here ate most of the participants for Romeo in a group photograph|
|um...This is what I have to put up with when they don't think the camera is taking their picture! What an uncouth bunch!|
|I saw some future people there as well. These kind folks were from the 1880's.|
That's what I like about the 21st Michigan - we do more than just the big reenactments; we feel doing some of the smaller, more localized events can be just as fun and just as rewarding, especially when they take place at a school.
Next up, Civil War Remembrance at Greenfield Village.