Historical Ken

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Gender MALE
Industry Education
Occupation Paraprofessional/Teacher's Aid
Location The Great Midwest, Michigan, United States
Introduction My wife and I and members of our family practice living history and portray citizens during the era of the American Revolution (1770s) and Civil War (1860s). You'll find us very often at mid-18th or 19th century reenactments doing our best to replicate the eras as accurately as we can in clothing, manners, speech, and other ways in order to bring the past to life. I believe knowledge has to be the top priority in living history; knowing about the time period you are presenting - absolutely knowing - can make all the difference in how serious you are being taken. Too many focus solely on clothing...but what I am attempting in this Passion for the Past blog is to help living historians and general history fans to look beyond the obvious - to study life as once lived. Yes, clothing is important, but it only tells a small part of the story. To give a more complete picture one needs to look at the 18th or 19th century world around them - to put themselves in that world - and then they will be able to develop more fully a presentation of greater interest for not only the general public, but for themselves as well. I hope you like it.
Interests American History, Civil War, Social History, European History, Living History, Reenacting, Civil War Reenacting, Civil War Living History, 19th century living history, Gettysburg, Antiques, Reading, Music, Writing, genealogy, family history, Time Travel, History, Museums, Greenfield Village, Christian religion, Victorian, Old World, Creationist, Christmas, did I mention history?
Favorite Movies April Morning, Gods and Generals, Gettysburg, Braveheart, John Adams, Back To the Future series, American Graffiti, A Christmas Carol, A More Perfect Union, The Patriot, National Treasure, Angels With Dirty Faces, Our Gang Comedies, Three Stooges, Wizard of Oz, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Singing in the Rain
Favorite Music The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Stephen Foster, Hank Williams Sr., Glenn Miller, Linda Russell, Christmas Music, Emmylou Harris, '50's and '60's oldies, Big Band, Period Music, Ricky Skaggs, early Pink Floyd with Syd Barrett, Aerosmith..., Bluegrass, Hillbilly, psychedelic, punk rock, new wave, classic rock, classical lite
Favorite Books Charles Dickens, The Mirror, The Cabin Faced West, Firestorm at Gettysburg, American History, A Home For Our Heritage, Our Own Snug Fireside

What would you name your ballet inspired by the sight of children leaping through a garden sprinkler?

A Child's Single-Minded Propensity for the Accumulation of Cooling Off For It's Own Sake