Earlier this month we were blessed to get to go to the Mississinewa 1812 Historic Reenactment just north of Marion, IN. The weather was beautiful, the reenactors were well-versed, and we had an opportunity to visit with several of our friends.
If you've never been to a reenactment event, you should try it out. History in a book can sometimes lack the emotion of what happened. When we visit reenactments, we're trying to learn more about what happened. The outfits, the household goods, the food, the weaponry, even the battles can help us better understand a part of history. See, hear, feel, smell, become a part of the event and learning happens naturally.
At Mississinewa, there are several camps, a battle, traveling minstrels, a magician or two, and a lot more. We were thankful to get to step back in time 200 years and learn more about Indiana history from before we became a state. Besides learning more about the past, going to reeenactments help us appreciate the present... and flushing toilets!
Our girls interpret different time periods in their reenacting at Conner Prairie, but the things they learn at various events we visit help them understand which interpreting techniques work best for various groups.
In the picture above, you'll see a few of the great people the girls work with at Conner Prairie in various time periods, interpreting an earlier time part of history.
We're thankful for reenactments, friends who like to interpret, and the knowledge they share.