Re: New NPS Regs
- Some years ago I had a set of custom fitted ear plugs made for me out of a
flesh colored silicone like substance. They aren't so farby looking and
they fit perfectly. Biggest advantage is that they actually work better
than the one size fits all foam cylinders. They were called the peacekeeper
and were produced at that time by Marion Safety. I have no idea if they are
still available or if the company is still in business but it is a great
product. AND not very noticable at 20 paces.
From: SACBG7@... <SACBG7@...>
To: Easeufe@... <Easeufe@...>; WarOf1812@onelist.com
Date: Thursday, September 02, 1999 1:56 PM
Subject: Re: [WarOf1812] New NPS Regs
>From: SACBG7@...the ear plug mention in my packet. While not exactly thrilled I can
>I have the honor of commanding at Ft. McHenry next weekend. I too noticed
understand their point. I also see the worth of what was brought up not just
by Benton, but by Tim, and many others of you.
>even parsnips) it remains that we are guests on another site's property
> While we may not like orange or yellow foam protruding from our ears (or
having two choices--play by their rules or don't attend.
>even theatrical work, (another story.) At times I do choose to wear them.
>I too have lost some hearing over the years due to gunfire, explosions, and
At others not. But the choice is mine. If something happens then I and I
alone must bear responsibility. Tim is right. This can be and sometimes is
a dangerous hobby. While I respect the Park's concerns, and will be sure my
people follow them, I would much rather have been given a choice. If the
choice is offered and something happens by your declining to wear them the
responsibility must lie with you and you alone. We can't legislate
responsibility, nor can we make others responsible for choices we make.
>and State property done by reenactors I can well percieve the reason for
>I understand the NPS's concern. Having personally seen some things on NPS
their concern. One sorry by-product of this is the mistrust which still
seems to fester between those entrusted with an historical site's care and
those who want to help interpret it.
>and I am their guest, I'll play by their rules. I guess it is a shame when
>Given a choice I probably wouldn't wear them. Since it is their sandbox
we must have laws for everything, including what should be our own
responsibility. Any other viewpoints?
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- Thanks to Dave Webb for sharing your experiences with Parks Canada rules and
his insight into the whys and wherefores. (BTW, Fort McHenry does not have
opposing forces and the firing demos are done on a field next to the
I agree with Steve Abolt that the choice of wearing ear-plugs should be a
personal decision and not mandated and have written a letter to that effect
to Fort McHenry. The members of my unit have agreed with my response and
As I stated in my letter to the Fort, I have never worn ear-plugs in my 25
years of re-enacting. I do have a slight loss of hearing in my left ear but
that could have just as easily been attributed to running around the country
to re-enactments with my driver's side window down and having a steady stream
of air/noise blowing into it. I have served in the ranks and on artillery.
As far as I'm concerned, the most dangerous firing is that which is done over
your body when you're re-enacting the dead and wounded.
Yes, Steve, you are correct that we must abide by the rules set forth by the
site if we are to continue to play there. I also agree with Dave that it is
the sites that we support and who likewise support us that allow us to keep
on re-enacting. Since our entry into the War of 1812 scene, several Maryland
State Parks and County/Private sites have opened theirs gates and coffers to
embrace this period. In several cases, they turn to us for recommendations
on how to conduct the event and rely on us for our own and the site's safety
rules. We must always conduct ourselves as employees of the site and make
the safety of the public our paramount concern. At times, re-enacting and
authenticity must give way to the public welfare.
It's interesting that the NPS has brought this to our attention just 2 weeks
before the event. We had participated in another NPS event in southern
Maryland which highlighted multi-period warfare in that part of the state.
This was just 3 weeks ago and the non-wearing of ear-plugs was not an issue.
We were surprised though when the NPS Black Powder Safety Officer (SO) took a
list of our names, SSNs and the serial numbers of our muskets. The firing
demo had to be done in an approximate 5x5 foot area; however, two ACW
soldiers couldn't fire due to the SO not being trained in rifled weapons and
two Ft. McHenry Guard soldiers cited rules for why they couldn't fire.
To clarify what happened at Bladensburg, we had an officers meeting at noon
to discuss the battle re-enactment for later that day. The Guard announced
that they couldn't fire but would play the part of retreating militia; at
3:00, they announced they wouldn't participate at all citing NPS rules.
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From: Easeufe@... <Easeufe@...>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Date: 03 September 1999 00:37
Subject: [WarOf1812] New NPS Regs
>This was just 3 weeks ago and the non-wearing of ear-plugs was not anissue.
>We were surprised though when the NPS Black Powder Safety Officer (SO) tooka
>list of our names, SSNs and the serial numbers of our muskets(snip)
>Ed SeufertI'd like to know what branch of the Internal Revenue Service or Social
Security Administration this NPS BPSO thought he was also employed
by...those are the ONLY two Federal agencies that would legally have any
right to demand your social security number. Insurers do NOT need to have
your SS#, no matter how much they may whine and complain. Same with state,
county and federal law enforcement or motor vehicle departments. They may
ask you, but you don't have to give it to them.
Next time ask him what law permits him to ask such a sensitive question. SS#
misuse is rampant- don't let anybody know it who is not involved with your
taxes, paychecks, or retirement funds. It's the law!
Better yet, don't even play along- just walk away. That's the loudest
protest one can make, besides contacting your senators and representatives.
These events sound as if they are potentially more trouble than they are
worth. Even up here in Massachusetts, the NPS -so far- haven't pulled
anything like this.