Re: Living History Conference 2006
- Pardon my ignorance, but not having had the pleasure of attending one
of these conferences in the past, perhaps I could prevail upon one or
more of you to define the general structure and usual content of
the "average" Living History Conference?
I'm rather curious as to what the fuss is about, and who knows, I might
want to get involved in the organization of one of the future ones. The
greater Toronto area is a great place for conferences of any kind, and
there are a whole lot of us reenactors living relatively nearby. We not
only have the entire IMUC organization here, as well as potentially the
facilities of Fort York, but there are several militias based within an
hour's drive, Provincial Marine detachments in and north of the city,
and quite a range of sutlers living in the area. While the timeline is
without doubt a bit (LOL) too tight to get anything put together this
year, perhaps a near future conference in Toronto is a realistic goal.
Food for thought. Comments from IMUC reps and other locals welcome...
- Dear List,
With the advent of so many groups of reenactors and different time periods,
perhaps it is time for the groups to examine the possibility of
co-ordinating our efforts together to put on a joint conference on an annual
or biennial schedule to alleviate all the expenses and headaches from one
group doing it. History Conferences have an opportunity of informing all
aspects of our groups about the history, the issues, the technical as well
as informational aspects which would help all of us to communicate to the
general public. As the bicentennial of the War of 1812 approaching etc. it
might be something that could and should be planned at the Crown Forces
Upper Canada level. I am sure each group could find one or two interested
people to assist in such an undertaking.
Glenn Stott, Royals Lights
----- Original Message -----
From: "glenn stott" <gstott@...>
Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2005 3:53 PM
Subject: Re: [WarOf1812] Living History Conference 2006
> Dear List,
> The UTMRS, The Royal Scots, Light Company usually hold a conference every
> four years ie. 1994, 1999, 2004 (ok, we let the Talbot people hold it) so
> will probably hold one in 2008 unless someone else would like to hold it.
> We are very willing to support anyone wishing to do one even on such short
> notice as 2006 but we ourselves aren't ready. Sorry!!!!!!!!!
> Glenn Stott, Royal Scots, Light Company
> The War of 1812: In Europe, thousands fought over the fate of hundreds of
> square miles: in North America, hundreds determined the fate of THOUSANDS
> of square miles...
> Unit Contact information for North America:
> Crown Forces Unit Listing:
> American Forces Unit Listing
> Yahoo! Groups Links
- While everyone here has been talking about there not being a living history
conference, there actually is a living history conference this year, it's
just not in London ON or Hamilton ON. Reenactor Fest 2006 is happening Feb
3-5, 2006 in Chicago.
For more information please go to
- Not to disparage, or in any manner take away from,
Re-enactorfest, I do believe part of the interest for many Canadian
re-enactors was the fact we had a Canadian conference, which would cater
to Canadian interests, while still encompassing a broad spectrum of
viewpoints and interests.
I know for myself and Gary we wouldn't be travelling to Chicago
for a conference, and I imagine there are a number of other merchants
and re-enactors who would also hesitate to make the journey, partly
because of distance, partly because of the potential fuss of border
crossing (yes, yes, I know, hundreds of you do it every year without
On the other hand, there is another extremely well-organized
conference (Forward Into the Past -- FITP) which takes place every year,
covering 500 AD through 1600, put on by a group out of Kitchener. Neil
Peterson, the head coordinator, has for some number of years expressed
an interest in perhaps coordinating efforts of the LHC and FITP to
create a true Living History Conference that would span from 500AD
The FITP folk put on a simply dizzying array of classes. To
quote from their website:
As in past years our goal is to bring you over 100 hours of classes on a
very wide range of topics. Four different types of classes are offered.
Lectures on a culture or topic; Practicums - hands on classes; and In
Persona classes -- where the instructor teaches while in the role of a
medieval personality; finally there will be children's classes.
I think between the superb organizational ability of the FITP
and LHC folk we have the ability to create a conference that would draw
from a larger crowd, thereby potentially offering greater potential for
fund-raising, while maximizing resources and personnel. There is the
potential to create an ALFHAM for re-enactors.
(who tends to paint with HUGE canvas, BIG brush, and LOTS of COLOUR)
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