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Bringing History to Life: The Art of Historical Interpretation

April 24 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

See what it takes to reenact some of the most famous eras in history

In 2021 and 2023 the Bidwell House Museum hosted two weekend-long living history events where dozens of people camped on the property and lived as if it was the time of the American Revolution. The dedication of these historical interpreters creates a wonderfully immersive and educational experience for the visitor, but have you ever wondered how these men and women learned how to turn back the clock and live as if it was the 18th century? In this Zoom program on April 24, you will have an opportunity to listen to three people, who have participated in Bidwell House Museum living history events in the past, explain how they got into the art of historical interpretation, talk about their love of history, and share what they do to prepare for these events.


Speakers in this program:

Tommy Tringale has been a reenactor since 1994. Tommy currently serves as a Co-Coordinator of the Boston Garrison (a group dedicated toportraying the life of British soldiers, their allies, as well as followers during the American Revolution covering the east coast and parts of the U.K.), as well as a member of Col. Daniel Claus’ Rangers and the 3rd Massachusetts Regiment. Tommy has organized multiple living history events all over New England, including at the Bidwell House Museum, and serves on the organizing committee for the Battle Road and Bunker Hill 250th anniversary programs.



Michele Gabrielson is a public school history teacher and historic interpreter of the 18th century. She specializes in interpreting the history of colonial women printers, the stories of loyalist refugees, 18th century chocolate makers, and revolutionary playwright and poet Mercy Otis Warren. Michele serves on several committees for various museums and historical sites, and is the coordinator for the Battle Road Guides for the annual reenactment of the Battle of Lexington and Concord.



Asher Lurie is the Executive Director of the Hopewell Museum in Hopewell, New Jersey. Before coming to the Hopewell Museum, Asher was the chief of Historical Interpretation at the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, New Jersey. At the Old Barracks, Asher organized the annual recreation of the Battle of Trenton, which is also the largest event that takes place annually in Trenton. During his tenure at the Barracks, Asher focused on quality of interpretation and programming which dramatically increased visitation at large scale events.


The program will be held via Zoom and pre-registration is required. Details for how to access the event will be sent via email a few days in advance to all registrants.


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