|Hardtack, salt pork, and boiled beans - a Civil War soldier's Thanksgiving in the field.|
Remember to give thanks for our American soldiers (and our allies) in service this Thanksgiving.
It's never easy to be away from home for these brave men and women, especially during the holidays.
Photo by Loree Huebner
Yesterday, Eric and I did a living history with one of our Civil War re-enacting groups.
A living history is an event designed to show how people lived during a certain time period. It can also be thought of as an open air museum with live exhibits and activities.
We dressed up in our Civil War gear and became part of an early American timeline. Native Americans mingled with early explorers, Frenchmen of the LaSalle expedition, and pioneers. The Revolutionary War soldiers were all present – Colonials, British, and French. There were also soldiers from the War of 1812, and the Civil War. These were all groups that figured prominently in the history of the Great Lakes region.
Living History’s are a great way to teach and show life back in the day. If you ever get a chance to go to one of these “Settler Days” - I highly recommend. As a history buff, I love chatting with the people who re-enact from all different eras, as well as the spectators who come to learn. It was a good time. There's nothing like sitting around a roaring campfire while you talk a little history.
I’ve been on a winning streak the last month.
Last week, I had won Erica Vetsch’s book, A Bride’s Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas, from a give away on Sarah Forgrave’s blog. This week I won a vintage apron from another giveaway on Sarah Sundin’s blog. Her book, Blue Skies Tomorrow, is on my TBR list - after I finish reading, Deep Cover, by Sandra Orchard, and Lynda Schab’s, Mind Over Madi.
So much to read. So much to write. So little time.
I’ve also added two more blog awards to my collection. I want to personally thank two, lovely and talented writers, Brandi Boddie, and Stacy Henrie, for these awards. Please take the links and check out their blogs. These wonderful women always have something good going on.
I’m looking forward to the holiday.
I have been truly blessed with a wonderful family, good friends, a loving hubby, and awesome kids. I’m looking forward to spending the long weekend with them.
I want to end this post by wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. As I go into my ninth month of blogging, I give thanks for all of you who I have connected with through blogging, tweeting, or face book. As I slowly build my own platform, I am so thankful that you are a part of it, whether you just read a post, leave a comment, or mention me in a tweet. You’re all awesome! Happy Thanksgiving!
What plans do you have for Thanksgiving? Are you cooking? What's your favorite part of the meal?
Between you, me and the gatepost,