Hi to all,
I have a somewhat different perspective about this topic than most on
the list, because I do impressions that involve displaying an aspect of
the military experience that is different from the fighting elements of
the Army. As either an Engineer or Surgeon, I have much show and tell
set out in my camp, as well as a modest officers setup in my small wall
tent which I keep open for all to see and often invite the ladies to go
in and look around. Hoping that they will not feel that they have only
come along to a "battle" to keep their husband/boy friend happy, by
seeing a field bed, liquor chest, shaving box &c. that might be of more
interest to them. I answer the same questions over and over quite
happily, because I enjoy sharing my interests with anyone who is the
least bit interested.
Not all people feel as comfortable as I do in talking to the public.
Many do not keep their tent with only period items showing, and are
reluctant to go in and out while the public is in the area.
In many ways I have a great advantage with lots to talk about, a comfort
about doing the talking, and coming with the expectation that I will
spend almost all of my time doing just that. Since I seldom have someone
to fill in more than an occasion visit to the facilities and to get some
food to bring back, I can't comment on much of what goes on in the
Mississinewa is the farthest east and north as I usually get and there
and Prairie du Chien I have found that most of those camped near me seem
open to visiting and sharing with the visiting public. Even re-enactors
who like sharing with the public, get involved with conversations among
themselves and fail to make an effort to talk to visitors passing
through. It is just human nature which I have been guilty of too. The
best we can do is to make an effort to be available for the public when
the are ready for us.
Boy, am I windy! ;>) Guess you know how I feel anyhow.
US Engineer & Surgeon
P.S. Spell checker is GREAT