Thursday, May 8, 2008
While at Averasboro, we were invited to take part in a small town's Heritage Day. It was a good opportunity for the children to dress and teach other young children about the Civil War time period. One little girl I spoke to, about 8 years old, when I asked if she had ever heard of the Civil War... said "NO." When do they teach American History in public school now? I remember that is ALL we were taught...except for one year of World History in high school. Another young girl approached Amelia and asked "Do you dress like that all the time? Have you ever worn clothes like mine?" How cute!
I was not feeling well enough to dress correctly and stay the whole morning, so Lora graciously brought Daniel, Amelia and Hope with her and Wesley. I popped in for about an hour or two with baby Kaylee and Alex to take a few photos and help out some. I put Kaylee in an 'old fashioned' dress, not Civil War correct... but we slicked down her hair and she looked like she 'fit' the scenery. The stroller didn't 'fit' though! I also brought my Civil War under garments to display. I was surprised at how funny it felt to 'show my underthings'! I felt as if I was showing my bras and panties to the general public! Silly, I know. The boys demonstrated games like dominoes, marbles, checkers and so forth. The girls demonstrated sewing, rag dolls, braided rugs and so on. Lora had 'period correct' picnic food set out that they munched on through out the morning. We also brought the McGuffey readers and the Blue Back Speller , some Civil War coffee table books we have, and my Brady photography book for the spectators to view.. Lora said they liked the school books.... I wonder if she told them that we USE them in school now!? Amelia was prepared with some Civil War era parlor games also. All in all, it was a lot of fun. The children have a great opportunity to learn when they have to 'teach' the spectators. Also, it takes great concentration and self-discipline to be 'in character' the whole morning. I know the children are learning a lot through this hobby of ours... not just Civil War history! As usual, see the side bar for all of our photos... here are a few favorites: Wesley charming baby KayleeThe period correct, expressionless pose by Amelia and Hope Amelia and Hope's hair that I did! I am so proud of myself! (I don't know what Alex was saying! I think... 'Mommy, I am hungry!') Alex looking like the sweet little boy that he generally is!Uncle Daniel (Bubba) and Kaylee does Roll 'em Up!