Civilian Tactical -- January 18, 2014
Commander, Non-combatant Corps
On Saturday, January 18, 2014, eight ladies and two courageous gentleman met on a cheerful Saturday morning at the Dubke residence to attend a Reenacting 101 seminar specifically suited to reenacting as a female civilian within the RACW.
The Seminar was divided into three sections and includes topics such as What do I wear?, Where do I live?, and What do I do?
In our first session, we learned how important our clothes are to presenting an authentic reenacting experience to the public. Numerous reenacting photos, CDVs, paintings, and fashion plates were shown to demonstrate proper clothing for the 1860s. Also, there was a "Wear this, not That" section where people were taught what to look for when shopping on Etsy or Ebay. It was emphasized that everyone is learning how to dress and that there should be patience and encouragement towards new reenactresses learning how to dress for the 1860s.
In addition, the civilian commander added anecdotes about her numerous and myriad clothing and reenacting mishaps in order that those present would learn from her trials.
Our Where do I Live? section entailed teaching about food and shelter at events, health and safety tips, and promoted discussion that will be continued at the RACW Club Tactical in March where we will have a Reenacting 102 session for the civilians.
Our What do I do? section included tips for living history activities and we had Mr. Seamus O' Cooney the Wise present us with an enlightening and engaging conversation about portraying living history with scenarios and first person activities. This spurned numerous ideas about improving our living history impression with the public and we look forward to continuing those ideas at the Tactical at Hawes.
Many thanks to everyone who came and to Hannah Littier and Jeannette Barron, and Elizabeth Fannin for their support and help.