So, what does the colonial presentation cover?
The presentation discusses the reasons for venturing out of Europe in the first place, and why common people eventually decided to make that brave journey across the Atlantic. We touch on what people saw, touched, sensed and smelled when the first arrived. It describes how they built their 'first period' houses and 'second period' houses.
We 'enter' a typical first period house (1615 - 1700) and the audience is shown reconstructions of period timber frame roofs, floors, walls, doors, locks, hinges, latches! And we slowly see how first period houses transform into second period homes, that remain in the common imagination today as "colonial" in style. We move into the hearth and meeting room, were we examine a bewildering array of iron, copper and clay objects used to cook meals, bake bread, make butter, cheese, cookies, wash and clean. Eating and drinking artifacts are shown in great measure. Then the audience beholds the odd and strange assortment of lighting and warming devices in a world without central heating, and yet surrounded by seemingly endless acres of forests for fuel (firewood) ! And in that 'new world' of seemingly endless forests (hence lumber) we cover basic forms of furniture, from chests, boxes, stools, chairs, tables, and cabinets....even an original 18th century baby cradle. Odd- looking hooks, hangers, racks, and brackets receive some due interesting attention for people had to hang things like clothes, food, candles and such to keep them safe from rot and vermin! Recreational pursuits then receive important attention as we talk about games and leisurely activities.
Outside the proverbial house we talk about a truly odd assortment of craft and agricultural tools for growing food, tobacco, herbs, potpourri, incense and so forth. And we cannot overlook the slow rise of slavery toward the end of the 17th century, which was inextricably tied to agriculture, tobacco, soil depletion, European mortality and survival rates, native Americans and the strange connection to south America ! Last but not least, my passion for early historical crafts, from carpenters to blacksmiths, and the whimsical and weird nature of tools delivers some fun and amusement.
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We are located in Maryland, just past Alexandria.
........At the warm and sincere encouragement of countless principals and teachers, I decided to create a presentation that strives to portray the daily lives of ordinary people living from about 1500 to 1750 -- *although in reality, the objects in the collection would be found in homes and villages well into the mid 19th century, so early American history studies will benefit also.
My goal was and remains, to create the largest and most comprehensive
traveling presentation using artifacts and painstaking museum reproductions. This is not an easy goal. It requires months and sometimes years of research to find original artifacts or recreate them. My guarantee: Just as historical academia advances, I too strive to improve. I continually research topics,
and add new pieces or replace older ones with better examples.
ABOUT THE COLONIAL PRESENTATION
1500 to 1750*
Presentations are geared up or down based on age/grade/maturity and the current familiarity with the era. I've spoken to museums, universities, high schools, middle and elementary groups. As a father, I am sensitive to the perceptions of violence in the media, games, and entertainment, particularly with younger audiences--this bothers me quite a bit actually. So you can be assured that while the content of the presentation is delivered 'factually and honestly' I am also keenly mindful of 'perception'. I am widely known for my casual, down to earth demeanor and my sense of humor which has been a beloved trademark of my shows. In fact I avoid speaking 'in character' because I feel this looses the audience as one cannot speak as objectively or directly as we often appreciate today--frankly its easier to explain things and make comparisons to modern life by speaking plainly. I think you will appreciate why.
As with my Middle Ages and Knighthood presentation, this colonial one will also grow each year, so please keep coming back and bookmark us. While I have endeavored to cover the first period, from 1500-1750, it has taken many years, and many dollars, to get here! (understatement). I hope to eventually expand even more into the late 18th and well into the 1800s, at which point I may create a second complimentary show on "the evolution of early American life." For now, you and your audience will have the chance to experience life as it would have been in much of latter 16th, 17th and mid 18th centuries.