Monday, September 5, 2011

Dueling on Labor Day

This afternoon I will be taking part in the annual reenactment of the duel between John Stanly and Richard Dobbs Spaight at Tryon Palace. I do not have a speaking part in this event, but will serve as one of the pistol loaders alongside my long time reenacting friend, Ken Sewell. It should prove to be interesting.

This event will begin a very hectic few weeks for me. On Thursday morning I am leaving to take my mother to Pennsylvania for the annual Mountain Craft Days event at the Somerset County Historical Center. For the past few years I have participated in this event as well, but I am taking this year off since I am still rehabbing my ankle and I'm not sure it would stand up too well for the entire weekend. Instead, I plan to visit friends, finally make that visit to Fort Necessity I've been wanting to make, and find a good bar at which to watch the Steelers game on Sunday.

The next weekend (Sept. 16-17) will find me in Richmond, attending the annual meeting of the American Association for State and Local History. There, I will be serving as moderator and presenter on a panel entitled "Aren't We Forgetting Something? The War of 1812 Bicentennial" which will take a look at three southern states' (TN, NC, and VA) efforts to commemorate the Bicentennial while being overshadowed by the much larger and more popular Civil War Sesquicentennial. I will also be attending a breakfast sponsored by the AASLH Military History Committee (of which I am a member) and Presidential Sites committee. The featured speaker will be from James Madison's Montpelier. Of course, I'll also be trying to catch up with a few old friends in the brief time I am in Richmond as well.

All in all, it looks like the next few weeks are going to be very busy, but in a generally good way. I'll report as I am able on all these activities.

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