Thursday, October 7, 2010

Living History

I love, love, love living history museums. Always have. I have fond memories of visiting many as a child and even fonder memories as an adult. We visited Conner Prairie over the weekend and it reminded me how much I love them.  I am in awe of the historic buildings.

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I am inspired by the interiors.

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And, of course, I love the animals.

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But my favorite part has always been the people. The living historians that go about their day in period dress, portraying life during the their particular time period.

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I’ve always secretly wanted to be one.

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Starting tomorrow, I will fulfill that dream. I will become the farmwife at the 1900 era homestead at Billie Creek Village. If you’re local, and you’re attending the Covered Bridge Festival this year, stop by and see me. I’ll be tending to the garden, keeping the house, knitting, spinning, sewing and feeding the chickens, sheep and goats. You know, all the stuff I do every day.

christinesig

16 comments:

Historical Ken said...

Good for you! I am sure you're going to love it!
Make sure you write about your time-travel adventures!

kristi said...

Very cool indeed and I understand completely wanting to do that! I followed my love of history when I went to college and when I retire from teaching history, I want to get involved in living history museums. I can't wait to see you "all dressed up"!

Milah said...

I love Conner Prairie too. It blows my mind how they include us in their conversations like it's nothing to have some stranger walk in their home and stare at them. I know it play acting, but what I think would be fun would be to have them step out from behind the door, point a gun in my face and shout, "why are you trespassing?" Now that would be real life!

Christine said...

ROTFL! Oh Milah, you made me spit stuff all over my laptop.

Milah said...

...oh yeah, I'd love to place a fake mouse in their flour bins and a rubber snake in the hen house and sit back and watch. That would be fun!

Michelle said...

I'm so excited for you! I hope you enjoy it every bit as much as you have always dreamed you would.

Rural Revival said...

I've always thought that would be so much fun. Enjoy!

~Andrea~

Lori said...

OMGosh! How fun is that going to be?!

Nancy K. said...

How AWESOME! What a thrill this must be for you. Will you work for the full three weeks of the festival? You have got to be SO excited. What kind of 'training' do you undergo to "live" on the homestead?

I'm so happy for you!

;-)

Windy Meadows Farm said...

Oh what fun! I love history too...when I visit the old homes I wish they could talk. I'm drawn to the old ways, and even the old clothes too...especially today as it was 35 degrees when I stepped outside. (Now in the summer, long dresses might be a bit too warm!) My chance to step back in time comes each July when we celebrate Pioneer Day, but I do believe I could do it more often. Oh what fun you'll have...tell us all about it!

Mom L said...

What a fabulous undertaking! Just don't take Milah with you - no telling what mischief she would cause!!!

Nancy in Iowa

Callie said...

Congratulations! Wonderful that you have realized your dream. Wish I could come by and visit at the homestead.

Jayne said...

What fun! I have friends who are Civil War re-enactors and it's people like Milah who crack them up sometimes and make it hard not to break character. lol Have a good time!

Julie said...

I love old houses also. Love the pictures. Have fun dressing up!

Jan (north west England) said...

I love visiting Conner Prairie 10 years ago when I was visiting a friend in Noblesville. Totally loved the place and hope to go back one day too show my hubby (wasn't married then). Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

I would kill for that kitchen!!!