|Our Guild leader preparing to teach soapmaking.|
|A couple of our friends ready to teach history lessons to public school children.|
|Our youngest with a musket - yes, she learned to shoot a musket, too.|
|Demonstrating how laundry was washed in the 18th century.|
Here's a picture of my "frontier family" and myself. We were in Oliver Springs for their Memorial Day festivities in the picture below. The photo was taken while we visited with friends in their Cherokee lean-to. That day my husband fired his musket, I cooked beans and rice, hoe cakes and mint tea for lunch over an open fire. Our daughter paraded around in her 18th century finery fanning herself with the turkey feather fan you can see in her hand. Some folks get the easy jobs....I just wasn't one of them that day.
All the clothing in the photos, including my husband's were made by our daughter or myself. So, that's how we combined early American History and the sewing lessons for her Home Economics class. If you're interested in history and would like to be part of it's retelling at a local historic site just call them up and find out how you and your children can become involved. It's great fun, and you might even get paid for doing demonstrations during school tours, as we did. ;)
Edited to add: This was not all of the history learned that year or all of the sewing, cooking, etc. learned by our daughter, but it sure was a lot of fun for her, and fun in learning goes miles and miles toward attitude and retention of details such as dates, who did what, etc.