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Talking with the public at a living history event

 

A Bit About Me and the Blog

Hi, my name is Chuck Hudson and I am a Living History addict!  At least that is how I would introduce myself if there were some sort of 12-step program for this addiction.  The thing is, rather than trying to kick it, I spend a lot of time sharing my experiences with others so that you can have as much fun with this as I do.

I have been a sailor, a volunteer with a conservation organization, a regional vice president overseeing volunteers in a 5 state area, a costumed living history interpreter at several living history sites, the co-founder of a reenacting group, a freelance living history interpreter/consultant and demonstrate historic 18th and 19th century dance.

In my “professional life”, I am an IT geek. I accepted an early retirement package from Hewlett-Packard after 29 years and now work as a Business Systems Analyst for an US government contractor.

This blog is about Georgian Era (1714 – 1830) history, living history and the people, groups, historic homes, and sites that are involved in it.  It is about how you can get started, improve what you do, and have a great time doing it.  It is also about living history sites, not the big government-run ones like Gettysburg National Battlefield  or well-funded private sites like Colonial Williamsburg, but the small, publicly and privately operated local historic houses, historic sites, history museums and events.  It is about the staff at these sites and how they can leverage their volunteers to increase  connections to the community, widen their audience and, in the process, their funding.

This blog is driven by my core beliefs about the importance of history education, which living history facilitates. They are:

  1. History education is important to the future of our country and is downplayed in our schools today.
  2. Living history is an excellent avenue for helping today’s students understand how history is relevant to their lives.
  3. Living history helps folks to appreciate the heritage of our country’s past and the beliefs of our ancestors; a necessity for making good citizens.
  4. Historic houses, museums, sites, etc. must involve themselves in their communities. Preserving the past, without sharing and teaching it is of little long-term use to society.
  5. Living history is an activity for all, regardless of age, race, educational, or societal background.
  6. Living history is a great way for families to spend time together making memories and bonding.

For almost 30 years I lived at the foot of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, in the town of Forest, VA, not far from Thomas Jefferson’s “other” home, Poplar Forest.  Today,  I  live in the Hampton Roads region of southeastern Virginia, where I work as a Business Systems Analyst for a Government Contractor. I share a house with my wife, daughter, and  a cute little German Short-haired Pointer named Sassy. When not working or blogging I practice English Country Dance with the Regency Society of Virginia,  do living history talks and 1st person presentations, and interpretative training consulting. Occasionally, I even find time to  go to a living history event.

Some Random Facts About Me:

  • I spent my High School years attending what was then the oldest, continuously operating private military academy in the United States (I was in the 125th graduating class)
  • As a child/young man I was quite shy/introverted however, living history has helped me to overcome that
  • I once spent 2 weeks in Bogotá, Columbia.
  • I have been to all 48 of the contiguous United States, and 11 countries.
  • All of my dogs have been rescue dogs (3 German Short-Haired Pointers and a Weimaraner ).
  • I appeared in a production of the musical Big River as Sheriff Bell.
  • In a previous existence I  taught fly fishing and fly tying.

I hope you enjoy this blog and look forward to hearing from you about your thoughts and ideas.

Chuck
 
If you live in the  Hampton Roads region of Virginia, and are interested in getting involved in Living History, or Historic 18th and early 19th Century Dance, send me an email at: historicinterpreter AT cox DOT net.
 
To discuss living history presentations or interpretive training and consulting, please contact me at: kingsranger AT cox DOT net
 
 (replace the AT and DOT with the proper symbols.)

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