History Con, 2015 was an amazing success. Thank you to all our participants and facilitators in this one of a kind day of learning and fun! The weather could not have been better and it was fantastic seeing old friends and making new ones! We had such an awesome time that we are already in the works for another History Con!
History Con is Coming Soon!
Want to learn what it takes to be an reenactor? Want to spend a day and a half with awesome people learning cool stuff to make you an even better interpreter of history. Historic Interpretations members and the public are invited to attend, and bring friends, but there are only 75 spots available.
ATTEND WORKSHOPS OF YOUR CHOICE... Historic Interpretations will host a series of workshops and panels. Lunch and Dinner will be provided on Saturday, an evening culminating in a meet and greet with live music, dancing and merriment. Sunday includes a Blue Sky meeting and an Open Market to trade, sell and/or exchange costumes, garb and more! SEE ALL AVAILABLE WORKSHOPS BY CLICKING ON THE REGISTER NOW BUTTON. * Workshops and sessions subject to change based on participation and interest.
Still Have Questions?
Please note that due to a cancellation, History Con is now only Saturday, April 11th.
What is HistoryCON? This year's event will feature classes & hands-on workshops in various historic disciplines, social occasions, and team building events. Guest speakers will cover a variety of topics, drawn from such as first person interpretation, costuming for interpretation, outdoor cooking, dancing, music, historic games and pastimes, improvisation, character development, military history, homesteading techniques, and MORE!
Social events, such as meals, a pig-picking, dancing, and more will also be included.We also are including a costume and supply exchange/sale for Sunday, so bring your items if you are interested!
Location Wendell, North Carolina
WORKSHOPS AND DESCRIPTIONS Bookmaking - This workshop will teach you simple book binding & "printing" for patrons of all ages, especially children. Material provided. Facilitated by Jennie Gunther
Calligraphy and Illumination - Learn and practice your calligraphy as well as Illumination like a Book of Kells pro! Materials provided. Facilitated by Louisa Pass
Costume Repurposing - How can you get that authentic look but not bust your wallet. These tips and tricks can really help the reenactor on a budget. Facilitated by Laura Griffin
Dance Instruction | Elizabethan and Colonial - Get your toe tapping and your feet moving. Learn the grace of the court, the fun of country dances, and the “modern” equivalents that were all the rage in the 1700s. Facilitated by Mason Armour and Abigail Harrington
Developing a Character for Patron Interaction - How do you create a character in order to create a patron experience? This workshop consists of how to create a composite figure in history that is well rounded. Learn strategies and best practices that you can use regardless of time period you are portraying. Complete with research and resources for further investigation. Facilitator, Jaclyn Stevens
Elizabethan Monarchy - An Interactive History - In this interactive lecture, learn about the quirks and perks of being an English Monarch, demonstrated in order for participants to use in their own interpretations (this session will be recorded). Facilitator, Robert Hull
Foodways | Cooking Demonstration - Cooking outdoors does not only make the food taste better, but patrons love to talk about food. Learn how tos, get cooking, and learn some history at the same time. Facilitated by Lynn Peverill
Games Instruction - One of the most popular exhibits at our reenactments. Learn how to play different games for engaging people in the tavern.( i.e. Ship, captain, and crew, Nine men morris, Backgammon and others). Facilitated by Krissina Newcomb
Military History | Elizabethan - One of the most fascinating elements of Elizabethan history is its military one. Ask questions, learn about kit and calvary, and take notes to inform your own reenactor knowledge. Facilitated by Dennis Thompson
Music | Elizabethan and Colonial - Learn the tunes of old from the UK and Americas, from both the Elizabethan time period and the 1700s.
Paper Making - Learn how to not only make paper, but prepare a set up for patron interaction and teaching this skill to others. Facilitated by Jennie Gunther
Speech and Accent| Elizabethan - Just how do you get that accent? Join one of the pros in this very ‘speech-worthy’ workshop - everything from Royal, Middle Class and peasant, seafarer and even some Celtic and Scott. Facilitated by Tom Stevens
Stage Combat - Ever wonder what it takes to wield that sword, AND look good doing it. Join this easy and informational hands on workshop to learn how! Facilitated by Clint Lienau and Tom Stevens
Tent Race - All participants will learn how to pitch period accurate structures while working as a team to set the atmosphere for historical reenactment. At the end of the evening participants will learn the process of tear down and pack up. Facilitator, Krissina Newcomb
Who can attend? Anyone who volunteers with Historic Interpretations, or is interested in volunteering with Historic Interpretations can attend! We also welcome guests from sites, museums, and historic sites that we've worked with are also welcome. This event is not open to the public this year (but is the goal for the future!) For this year's trial event, we're limited to a maximum of 75 attendees - so we encourage you to preregister so you don't miss out. Unsupervised minors may not attend without a parent or guardian providing constant supervision. Child care will not be provided for this year's event.
Do you need people to lead panels? Yes! We do. If you have a historic skill you wish to teach and share with other members of the group, please contact us. We’ll also be recruiting from both within our organization and from the outside to lead panels.
How much will it cost? Nothing. If you are interested in volunteering with Historic Interpretations, or have volunteered in the past you are welcomed and encouraged to attend on us.
What are the goals of the event? To build a team of ready, available, and well-trained volunteers for our living history events, to build comfort level amongst those volunteers with the topics, to provide cross training to current volunteers and provide them with new skills and expanded resources, and to build amore cohesive team in a fun, entertaining, and educational environment.
Do I need to wear a costume? Nope. Or, yes. You're welcome to dress as you would be comfortable. The event is about trying something new, learning more, and having fun!
What about food? Historic Interpretations will provide a period, cooked lunch created through our Foodways program on Saturday afternoon, and a pig-pickin' on Saturday night. There is no charge for the meals, but you may make a donation to help offset the cost, if you wish.
Where will we stay? You are welcome to camp over at the Procter Farm (the location) on Saturday night. You'll need to bring your own gear (primitive camping) and will have time to set it up after the panels and before dinner is served and the party begins. You may also head home and return Sunday morning.
How do I register? Registration IS OPEN. If more than 75 people sign up, we will wait-list attendees in case a space opens up.
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