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links for photographs)
Newport News, VA, April 2001
Small AGSAS-organized event. Scenario was late April, 1865,
immediately after the surrender at Appomattox. Event illustrated
coping with shortages, deaths in the family, unscruplous
"carpetbagger" peddlers beginning to invade the South, soldiers
returning home, refugee families returning home. During non-first
person segment of event, we held a first person skills
of McDowell Reenactment,
VA, May 2001
Premier biennial 5th Battalion event, civilian coordination
provided by AGSAS. Semi-immersion with limited civilian
participation, portraying the citizenry of McDowell and surrounding
areas of Highland County during the May, 1862 battle. Visit the 2001
event civilian website to get an idea of the type of
Quilt Museum Living History,
Harrisonburg, VA June, 2001
One day event at Virginia Quilt Museum, at which we finished the
quilting on the 2000-2001 AGSAS quilt, a hexagon template quilt using
period reproduction fabrics. Museum provided lunch of typical
Southern soldiers' field foods.
Military Muster, Sky Meadows State Park, Paris, VA, June 2001
Joint 5th Battalion and Stonewall Brigade early War (pre-Manassas)
event. AGSAS provided the civilian component. Portrayal was the
Settle family of Mount Bleak House, and their relatives and
neighbors, hosting a military encampment on their land.
Basket Making and
Applique Workshop, Staunton, VA July, 2001
Two day workshop led by Catherine Thornton. On day 1, we made
market baskets using oak splits. On day 2, we learned applique, for
our next 2002-2003 quilt, copied from an original made in the
Shenandoah Valley in 1857.
Meadow Farm Living
History, Richmond, VA, August, 2001
Small AGSAS-organized event, featured sale of the remaining items
from our Soldier's Aid "Fancy Fair" held at Lynchburg the previous
year to raise money for preservation, and hands-on experience in open
hearth cooking, led by Anita Henderson and Beverly Heath.
of Burkittsville / Crampton's Gap
Semi-immersion first person event, portraying the townspeople of
Burkittsville in the prelude to, and aftermath of the Battle of
Crampton's Gap. Event included all-night hospital scenario and a
functioning period general store.
Harper's Ferry, WV, October, 2001
Event depicted election day 1860: electioneering among the
supporters of Bell, Breckinridge and Douglas, civilian life in
Western Virginia on the eve of War.
& Civilians, Bennett Place,
NC, November 2001
Event depicted civilian life in North Carolina at the end of the
War, prior to Johnston's surrender at Bennett Place. Event
provides ample opportunity for practicing period crafts such as
spinning, dyeing, candle and soap making.
Point NPS Living History,
VA, December, 2001
Event depicted Federal occupation and impact on local
Newport News VA, April 2001
VA, May 2001
here for McDowell event photos
Museum Living History, Harrisonburg, VA, June 2001
Kathryn Coombs &
MD, September 2001
greet the Federal cavalry.
"Abby Fairfax" (Anita Henderson), and
"Maggie Ryan Meyer" (Kathryn Coombs),
whose husbands are civilian employees
at the Federal cavalry depot at Giesboro,
feed apples to the horses.
Townspeople of Burkittsville greet Federal army
and thank them from liberating their town
from Confederate occupation.
outside the general store.
Mary Roman, our beloved late friend
Grace Brooks, Daniel Jackson, Mercy Bell
outside the general store (closeup)
Day 1860, Harper's Ferry, WV, October 2001
here for Election Day Photos
and Civilians: Life on the Homefront" -- Bennett Place, NC, November,
here for Bennett Place photos
Park Service Living History, City Point, VA December
Henderson, Emmanuel Dabney,
portraying Emmanuel's mother,
gives the Yankees "What for"
(don't EVER get on Anita's bad side!)
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