Living history museum means type of open-air museum where costumed interpreters portray period life in an earlier era. The interpreters act as if they are really living in a different time and place, such as the Colonial era, and perform everyday household tasks, crafts and occupations • Located in Williamsburg Virginia between 1699-1780 when it was the capital of Colonial Virginia • Today it is a major tourist attraction for the Williamsburg area, and is part of the Historic Triangle of Virginia area, which includes Jamestown and Yorktown, linked by the Colonial Parkway • The motto of Colonial Williamsburg is "That the future may learn from the past". It is a way for people see what history is once like and experience what living in the past is like • Roads around it are closed to cars so that people are free to walk about and horse-drawn carts can be used • Statehouse in Jamestown burned down the William and Mary students proposed moving the capital to Middle Plantation to avoid malaria and mesquites from Jamestown, middle plantation then renamed Williamsburg after King William III, capital was later moved to Richmond in 1780 to remove it from British attacks in the revolutionary war • Fell in to neglected ruin, Reverend Dr. Goodwin got the financial backing of John D. Rockefella to help restoration • Restored in the 1930s with modern day buildings/items being removed and historic buildings being fixed and stabilized
Stubridge • re-creates life in rural New England during the 1790s through 1830s • largest living museum in New England, covering more than 200 acres • The Village includes 59 antique buildings, three water-powered mills, and a working farm • Speak in modern English to better explain to visitors • 40 original buildings from homes, meetinghouses, a district school, country store, bank, working farm, three water-powered mills, and trade shops • Started when Channing, Albert, Chenney started collecting different antiques from the early 1800s then presented their collection to the public to share its historical significance and was eventually bought by a museum and became what it is today • Gone are the "movie set" displays with a fixed range of dialog. In their place, interpreters engage visitors in a more personal and interactive process, encouraging them to actively participate • According to ancient folk belief, the grasshopper was not born but emerged directly from the earth itself. As a rural museum the Village was likewise "sprung from the soil."
Living museum, Plymouth, MA • shows the original settlement of the Plymouth Colony established in the 17th century by English colonists, some of whom later became known as Pilgrims. • Non-profit museum that survives through grants, donations and volunteers • Actors and recreations are based on primary and secondary accounts of what it was like during that time period • 1627 English Village loosely follows a time line, chronologically representing the calendar year 1627 from late March through November (the months the museum is open), depicting day-to-day life and seasonal activities as well as featuring some key historical events such as funerals and special celebrations. • speak, act and dress appropriately for the period • a re-creation of a Wampanoag home site, where modern Native People from a variety of nations (not in period character, but in traditional dress) explain and demonstrate how the Wampanoag's ancestors lived and interacted with the settlers
Orignially a military instillation (or fort) located at Old Point Comfort, the southern tip of the Virginia Peninsula • pened in 1951, depicts the history of Fort Monroe and Old Point Comfort, with special emphasis on the Civil Warperiod • Named after the Casemate ( a fortified gun emplacement or armored vaulted chamber) where Confederate President Jefferson Davis was kept as in a prison cell for 2 years at the fort after the Civil War • Chronicles the military history of Fort Monroe from the construction of Fort Algernourne, the first defensive fortification at the site in 1609, through the last major command to be headquartered at Fort Monroe, the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command
Secures liberty as it teaches, practices, supports history and citizenship and American heritage • share their rich history and engage students by using modern technology—such as publications, online games, podcasts, music, photographs, videos, electronic field trips, classroom guides, and teacher training—to bring history to life.
http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/discover/educate/ • http://www.fmauthority.com/visit/casemate-museum/ • http://www.osv.org/frequently-asked-questions#Grasshopper