Hello all , now that the slow season is almost upon us, I have some ideas for projects to benefit our interpretive programs.
we will have a few opportunities in 2016 to provide some “hands on” interpretive programs for kids. Everyone is encouraged to create a demonstration involoving 18th century life skills, culture etc. The more chances kids have to participate one on one with us, the more history they will retain. At least that’s my theory.
For kids who participate, I would like to be able to give them a tangible “take away”. I plan to create a stock of caps, aprons, neck cloths, buttons, musket balls….well you get the idea.
I am asking for help with the sewing aspect. Caps for girls can be made very simply with scraps of linen or cotton, they can be sewn by hand or machine, workman style caps for boys simply a ” tube” of material tied at the top, cotton or linen, checks, stripes, 18th century inspired prints, or the cap made with 4 pieces of fabric. neck cloths are a triangle of linen or cotton, hemmed on 3 sides, aprons are a simple drawstring rectangle linen or cotton solid, check or stripe.
I am going to ask for a commitment, from you , to help with these items. we have until late June for the revolutionary war era encampment at the Mabee farm and the first weekend in October we will be doing a Rev war event at fort Klock.! ( save the dates on your schedules for these events, more details will be announced.)
I have lots of fabric if anyone needs it for these projects. I’m hoping that our education committee can start a fund to help pay for these in the future if this pilot plan works out..
let me know if you will commit to help, or if you don’t sew, but can provide materials or make the buttons (wood or horn are fine as well as metal) or other items to give away. I will be happy to provide patterns for simple caps etc. If any merchants would like to become involved please speak up!
thanks in advance. I think 2016 can be our best season yet!
Chris Osinski. 2nd regiment Albany county militia, civilian activities coordinator, education committee membe