In a previous post, I shared how historical reenactments can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Would it surprise you to know that I hated learning about history growing up? It definitely would surprise my reenactor friends to know that at an earlier time in my life I couldn’t understand why people would dress up in those “funny clothes” and sweat all day while pretending to live in an earlier time period. Well, I actually ended up doing just that and loved it!
As I look back over my family’s reenacting years, I realize that we usually learned 1-2 new skills a year. Learning a new historical skill is something anyone can do whether or not you think you’ll ever reenact history. Also, learning a skill puts a new perspective on history and you might find the key to enjoying history too.
Here are some ideas or areas you could choose to explore if you want to learn a new skill or try to enjoy a part of history.
Basics of traditional book binding
Bread making from scratch
Sourdough bread making
Fashions of specific historical periods
Artworks of specific historical periods
Pine needle basket making
Child rearing practices
Herbs and their historical uses (Thieves essential oil blend)
Candle making (beeswax, tallow)
Folklore remedies and medicinals
Accoutrements of defense and war
From the above list, you might get the idea we are preppers or survivalists, but we just have a love of history.
Autobiographies can be an intriguing way to learn about history as well as a specific person. Historical terms can be fun. Do you know the origin of SHIT? The phrase, “It’s cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey” can be an interesting conversation starter. Do you know what it means?
There are so many fun, interesting things to learn about related to our history. I encourage you to get a book or video from your library on a topic of interest. You could also “Google” or use YouTube to learn about your area of interest. I’d love to hear what historical interests you have. Feel free to share in the comments section.