Just a few of our Volunteers. Photograph by Alan Hayes.
MISSION | Historic Interpretations, Inc.'s mission is to educate by demonstrating the arts, sciences, and culture of historic time periods using hands-on activities and first person historic recreations at festivals, historic sites, and museums.
VISION | The vision of Historic Interpretations, Inc. is to maximize the power of personal and community stories and shared history to enrich, educate, and entertain.
VALUES | Stewardship and Service | We are responsible for the care of the historical resources that have been entrusted to us; Public service is inherent in what we do: we challenge ourselves to focus on meeting our patrons' changing needs to provide unparalleled services, education and entertainment.
Innovation and Resourcefulness | We continually seek fresh new ways to meet our mission of connecting people to history and sharing compelling stories; Creativity and effectiveness are critical to our success and are recognized, supported, honored and rewarded.
Integrity | We communicate with honesty, openness and transparency; Our tradition of excellence and leadership across different professions are upheld and supported.
Inclusivity & Collaboration | We conduct our work with cooperation and mutual respect, working collaboratively to create teams that take advantage of the diversity of skills and activities throughout the organization and the greater community.
HOW IT ALL BEGAIN | In 2002, Historic Interpretations, Inc. was formed as The Guilde of St. Andrew of North Carolina to provide the court of Mary, Queen of Scots at the Mountain Renaissance Adventure Faire in Asheville, NC. The members of the cast had so much fun portraying the Scottish Royal Court that they were not ready for the story to end. An invitation to return as the Scottish Court at the 2003, Mountain Renaissance Adventure Faire provided the group with further opportunity. Soon, other performances up and down the East coast followed, as far afield as Florida and Illinois.
Today we have volunteers who portray the courts of Queen Elizabeth of England and Mary Queen of Scotland, the households of the Duke of Norfolk and the Earl of Leycester, as well as create an entire American Colonial Village and personas of the Regency Period.
Since our humble beginning, we’ve expanded our operation to include credited individuals skilled in costuming, cooking, brewing, arms and armor, dancing, and even performing religious ceremonies of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Historic Interpretations can provide living history programs, theatrical performances, special events, classes and workshops.