Persons who enlist in Gardner's Regiment come with all kinds of interests in the history of the period we re-enact.
The militia is only one aspect of the history we portray. Arts, crafts, cooking, singing and dancing all play important roles in the history of the mid 1770's. Members portray people from all walks of life and all social strata.
If you are considering joining us in this hobby, there are some things which you should know and consider.
- Gardner's Regiment and the Living History Guild portray persons from a very specific time and place in history. As such, we strive for historic accuracy. Anyone considering joining us should first spend time with various members of our group prior to investing money in the purchase of clothing or equipment. There are articles of clothing and equipment which are specific to the people and time period we portray. Members are expected to wear period and place appropriate attire. Trust us when we tell you that we have all spent more than a few dollars purchasing items we liked, only to find out that they were entirely inappropriate to our "impression". By trial and error, members have found a variety of sources from which we can obtain period correct clothing and equipment - at prices which are reasonable for this hobby.
- Handling weapons and Black Powder requires training. Everyone in our Regiment who handles Black Powder is required to be trained by Regiment Officer's prior to using weapons in public. No one will fire a musket until and unless our Safety Officer is satisfied that the weapon is being handled properly. Black Powder Safety Rules and Guidelines have been developed specifically for Gardner's Regiment and must be strictly observed by all members.
- Militia members are under the specific supervision of Regiment Officer's, and like other military organizations are expected to obey the commands of Officer's when gathered as a Regiment.
- Attendance at Muster's, drills and special training is expected. While we all have other responsibilities and interests, we are expected to attend most of our planned events unless other provisions have been made with Regiment Officers. Events will be listed as either 'required' or 'voluntary' during the Campaign Season. It's important to remember that other people's Holidays and days off are often our opportunities to re-enact and commemorate important historic events.
- Remember - you can always contact a member of our Regiment to discuss your interests. We will be happy to answer any questions and share our experiences with you.
Drop us a line on the 'Contact Us' page. Come join us in bringing our history alive !
And a very special "Thanks" to Michael McNally for allowing us to use his wonderful photos.