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A comprehensive study of outdoor recreation and leisure in 19th century America, especially as pertains to women in the outdoors. Successful soldiers from the Revolutionary War on were credited with having first learned survival skills as hunters and outdoorsmen, dozens of examples are included in the book. Reenactors of any era will find countless living history subjects within the pages of this book.
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Victoria Rumble has been an avid researcher and writer of historical articles and books for the past 25 years. She is a regular contributor to the Civil War Courier and her articles cover a wide range of topics pertinent to 19th century life. She has also been a regular contributor to Citizen's Companion. Victoria has developed and implemented living history programs demonstrating life on the rural Southern farm at various state and national parks, historic sites, and living history museums throughout the Southeast. She has shared her extensive knowledge of pioneer life with school groups for over 25 years. She conducts workshops and trains docents on 19th century material culture, attends book signings, provides various demonstrations, and teaches open hearth cooking classes by appointment. Victoria's living history portrayals span over a century - from the Colonial era through 1900. She is founder and point of contact for the Homespun Living History Guild, a member of Alamance Chapter DAR, the Society for Women and the Civil War, Southeast Coalition for Authentic Reenactors, Ft. Toulouse living history society, the Appalachian Writer's Association, the Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama, and she publishes under the name Thistle Dew Books.Review:
Victoria Rumble's latest book reflects her love and understanding of 19th century material culture. This comprehensive book is a well researched, carefully written resource. From early Agricultural Fairs to Woodcraft Skills this book is packed with hard to find information about our forefathers' way of life. Each subject is presented with an eye toward historical accuracy. This book will be useful to researchers, living history interpreters, authors, museum professionals, outdoors enthusiasts, scouts, students, and a host of others. This book is sure to become a valued addition to your library. --Rip Stalvey, Museum Director, Cracker Country, A Rural Florida Living History Museum
Within us lurks the primal Man, or Woman, constrained by life behind a desk or in a factory. That Being, deep within our souls, is yearning to be set free in the outdoors. Our 19th century ancestors felt the same irrepressible urges and they acted upon them. Victoria Rumble brings to life the quest for the open sky, the mountainous view and the wonders of the playground known as the Great Outdoors. In addition to the pleasures of hunting and fishing she describes, in fascinating detail, the joys of simply walking or canoeing. The adventure of caving contrasts with the walk on the beach looking for conches. The beauties of Nature are artfully combined wiht the details of camping and outdoor-lore now mostly lost in the mists of time. Living historians will devour the wealth of information on everything from clothing to firearms and transportation to food. The text is enhanced by a multitude of marvelous old prints that beckon the reader to step outside with a fresh eye for the gifts that are around us. The 19th century outdoor enthusiast was not necessarily a man either. Women participated fully in sports, activities, and enjoyment. The myth of the "Proper Victorian Woman" stereotype is forever destroyed. One cannot even casually thumb the pages without feeling the allure of the outdoors. The smoke from the campfire entices us and draws us outside, away from the cubicle, the telephone, and television. We are lured into the mountains or to walk a woods trail, and ride a horse toward the horizon. We long to gaze into the night sky and free the primal Man within us. --Hugh Harrington, historian and author
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Book Description Thistle Dew Books, 2006. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M097535891X