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Books: Re-enacting

On this page we present works on re-enacting as an activity. These publications focus on the creation and kitting-out of an authentic historic persona.

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A Compendium of The Packet
Being a Collection of Patterns, Articles and Essays Pertaining to the American Revolution

By Mark Tully

new Wow, 254 pages of projects!

The Packet series has become some of the most helpful and well recognized books for 18th century reenactors, educators and scholars. Originally published as five separate packets the Compendium is a 254 page reprint of the first Packets I-V plus 34 additional pages of material along with an index for easy reference. The Packet contains completely documented, illustrated and footnoted articles full of great information. Many are projects that can be completed within a weekend including articles on Snowshoes, Tea, Canine Companions, Eggs, Tobacco Stoppers, Good Ale, Thou Art My Darling, Camp Tools, Military Rations and others on food and nutrition, Camp Kettles, Camp Cooking, making Tent Pins, Eating Utensils, Knit Headgear, a pattern for making wallets and bed sacks, notebooks, penny knives, shot pouches and bullet bags, men's aprons, hand barrows, camp furniture as well as many others.

254 pages, 8 1/2" × 11", complete bibliography
ISBN 978-1-893832-19-0
$45.00

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Journal of the Public Store at Williamsburg 1775-1776

By Gregory B. Sandor

new New Rev. War reference material!

This book provides a rare look at the enormous amounts of supplies required to sustain an army in the field during the early parts of the American Revolution. Page after page is filled with the types of fabric, shoes, thread, canteens, blankets, tents, etc. were signed out from the storehouse by various company commanders who withdrew their allotments.

Copyright 2015, 244 pages, 8 1/2" x 11"
ISBN 978-0-9906098-0-3
$40.00

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"A Soldier-Like Way"
The Material Culture of the British Infantry 1751-1768

By R. R. Gale

This book is a historians dream filled with high quality photographs of extant paintings and items from museums and private collections. Many of which are photographed nowhere else. Not only are the items photographed but than detail photographs are highlighted and thoroughly described along with quotes from period documents. Many excellent examples of swords and muskets are included but also everyday items such as eating utensils and shaving gear.

$32.50

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Recreating the American Longhunter 1740-1790

By Joseph Ruckman

An exploration of the life, clothing, and gear of the longhunter of America's frontiers.

From the author's introduction: As the title implies, this book was written for those who are looking for some guidelines on what the 18th century longhunter looked like and the type of equipment he used with an eye toward reproducing it. But rather than limit the reader to appearances, I hope to encourage those who wish to do so to go beyond being 21st century men (and in some cases women) wearing funny clothes and shooting old-fashioned guns and move into the realm of creating their own 18th century character (sometimes called a persona) with a unique history and identity of their own.

$9.95

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Who Was I?
Creating a Living History Persona

By Cathy Johnson

A guidebook to the hows and whys of creating a persona. This book will help the reader save unnecessary expense and frustration; included are the reasons for creating the persona and the advantages thereto. Also included are well-documented sources, ideas, lists of possible activities for men, women, and children, and sketches that provide an overview of common clothing from our past.

$9.95

A must for beginners and seasoned re-enactors - according to Early American Life, On The Trail, Muzzleblasts and Muzzleloader!

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Living History; Drawing on the Past

By Cathy Johnson

An exploration of the equipment of an artist, naturalist, botanist or other scientist, and including various writing accoutrements and tools to boost vision. Also, an examination of more common accoutrements including pistols, shooting bags, lanterns, horn goods, tinware, cookware, and the like. Included also are people and places, as well as appendices on color, sources, &c. Complete bibliography.

$11.95

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A Brief Discourse on 18th-Century Games

By Mark Tully

Historical notes plus simple, easy to understand rules for one dozen popular 18th-century games including; Dominoes, Draughts (checkers), Fox & Geese, Going to Boston, Hazard, Laugh & Lay Down, the Mill, Snip, Snap, Snorem, Whist and more! Includes complete play instructions and suggestions for making your own game pieces and boards.

GREAT FAMILY FUN!

26 pages, 5 1/2" × 8 1/2", bibliography
ISBN 1-893832-06-6
$4.25

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