Festivals and historic venues frequently call upon Historic Interpretations to provide accurate and entertaining demonstrations and programs portraying day to day civilian life in the historic periods we interprets, tailored to the theme of the event or site. Previously we have represented 16th and 18th century villages, complete with working tradespeople and pastime activities. There are many places where a volunteer can support Historic Interpretations: we have education programs, demonstrations, performance, and film opportunities. Below are a few of our divisions and we are always coming up with more.
Performing Arts Guilde Historic Interpretations produces a wide variety of performing arts programs:
First Person Interpretation We have designed a number of programs around daily life of the history of the Common Era. These programs support our offerings at various historic events and sites, and are excellent learning opportunities for all our volunteers. Participants take on a persona either from history or one they create based on research. Many also assist in our demonstrations in the areas of cooking, brew-making, trades, etc.
hiSTORY Stage Our full theatrical season ranges from traditional mummer's plays, the works of William Shakespeare and other historic playwrights, and comedies rooted in the historic periods we portray. More Information.
Novel Entertainments | Storytellers' Guilde Historic Interpretations goes beyond history and brings to life classic fictional characters at events throughout the year. Past events include FezziWig's Ball, a festive recreation of the Christmas celebration from Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and an evening of dining, dancing, and suspense with our interpretation of the Van Tassel Harvest Ball from Sleepy Hollow. Board Liaison | Lucy Ringland
Trades Guilde Our skilled craftsmen, artists and demonstrators span everything from historic cooking and brewing to making soaps, sewing and spinning - even historic games and pastimes, military history, and homesteading techniques. We are always adding to our wealth of knowledge... have a skill you would like to share? Let us know!
Historic Dance Guilde Historic Interpretations offers bi-weekly instructions in Historic Dances, focusing on the social dances of the 16th - 19th centuries. Our dancers frequently perform at our events at festivals, historic sites and other venues. Participants make a commitment to making regular rehearsals. Board Liaison | Jaclyn Stevens Guilde Heads | Abigail Savanna & Mason Amrour
Historic Music Guilde Historic Interpretations offers bi-weekly instructions in Historic Music, focusing on both the court and country music of the renaissance and the music of Colonial America. This group frequently perform at our events at festivals, historic sites and other venues. Participants make a commitment to making regular rehearsals. Board Liaison | Jaclyn Stevens Guilde Heads | Jaclyn Stevens & Jen Kirk
Costuming Guilde We pride ourselves on our level of accuracy and detail. Through research and skill the costuming guilde keeps an inventory our current holdings, create costumes, manage the collection, and do repairs as needed. There's room for anyone who wants to volunteer (sewing experience not required!)
Scrivener's Guilde Coming from the Middle English word, scriveiner, a person who writes and creates written material, this group of dedicated volunteers is responsible for the development and management of Historic Interpretations' promotional materials, writing blogs, and archiving media. Graphic designers, web masters and writers welcome! Guilde Head| Jaclyn Stevens
Film Guilde Historic Interpretations actively pursues the making of short, historic films on a wide variety of topics. This group also regularly captures our performances and events. HI has also just debuted our first short film, Let Tyrants Fear, featuring the famous Tilbury Speech given by Queen Elizabeth I on the eve of the Spanish Invasion of England in 1588. Board Liaison | Jeremy Clos
Membership Guilde Historic Interpretations would be nothing without its fantastic volunteers. The facilitation and dispersement of member materials, handbooks, waivers, and yearly volunteer subscriptions falls to this group of task-masters. They keep us going!
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