Bring History to Life in Your Library's Community Room
DAILY LIFE ON COLONIAL LONG ISLAND
PERFECT FOR CHILDREN, FAMILIES, AND ADULTS!
Members of the Order of the Ancient and Honorable Huntington Militia, a living history organization on Long Island, make history come alive and will take your library patrons on a trip through time to Long Island between the years 1775 and 1776. Experience when the question of Independence was still being debated and the citizens of Long Island were split between those who had a strong loyalty to the King of England and those who wanted to see a new nation be born.
Your patrons will meet everyday citizens of 18th Century Long Island. These are not the notable figures of history books, but the ordinary men and women who lived through the birth of this nation. There will be farmers, merchants, craftspeople, tradesmen, and housewives. They will be gathering for a Militia Muster - a monthly occurrence of the time when men came to train in fulfillment of mandatory militia duty and their wives and families came along for social gathering. Your patrons will step back in time into the middle of this event.
This unique program has been designed for a two or more hour indoor presentation in a large community room or a full day, outdoor event on your grounds. A typical encampment will have craftsmen demonstrating period trade crafts, live music, militia drilling with muskets, women sewing and “cooking”, and family activities. The politics of the day will be discussed and debated, and your patrons will experience a meeting of a Committee of Safety. All, interactive with your patrons, including public participation.
This is not a show but an interactive experience.
(Of course, no musket firing indoors!)
If you would like to have this exciting program at your library or you have any questions, please contact us
Order of the Ancient and Honorable Huntington Militia
There is a program honorarium fee.
PHOTOS TAKEN AT SACHEM LIBRARY, HOLBROOK, NY