At this time of year, in the midst of reviewing and revising my annual
budget allocations of scarce retirement dollars for 2008, I am faced
with re-addressing my list of Historical Contributions.
It is a fitting time to do this with the oncoming Christmas season and
I always approach this task in the spirit of appreciation and
gratitude as I reflect upon the summer past.
In my earlier years as a Living History photographer (back in the days
of film), ranging far and wide about the province during the
reenactment season in search of historically authentic photographs, I
met some great "Friends" and "Volunteers" in local Groups dedicated to
improving their historical sites. I was also fortunate to accumulate
a number of memberships in these "Friends" and "Volunteers" Groups.
The rewards have exceeded the contributions many times over.
Given my much reduced retirement income, I am now challenged to ensure
that every dollar is well-directed. I thought that it might be useful
to share my short list of choices with the reenactment community as a
reminder of the benefits that we enjoyed this past summer from these
"Friends" and "Volunteers".
- Your local museum / historic site / pioneer village.
- My local museum / historic site / pioneer village.
- Fanshawe Pioneer Village.
- The Friends of Crysler's Farm Battlefield Memorial.
- The Friends of Fort George.
- Fort Malden Volunteer Association.
- The Friends of Fort York.
Memberships also make great Christmas gifts for other reenactors.
HMS Charwell Landing Party.