Living History

History Comes Alive

The Museum offers a growing “Living History” experience for guests, highlighted by themed programs on the second Saturday of each month on the Museum grounds (see Events listings), from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Military-themed “Living History” programs are also offered at the Fort Whipple Museum on the third Saturday of the month, May through October, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Museum’s “Living History” interpreters are portrayed by staff, local area volunteers and special program volunteers from around the state. “Living History” training is done on a wide variety of subjects to acquaint volunteers and staff with 19th century life. Work sessions are held to help create the period garments that will be worn while participating in the program. Accuracy is stressed as much here as in exhibits or other programming done by the Museum.

The current focus of the “Living History” program is the period 1870 for the Frontier Living Area, which includes the Ranch House, Fort Misery and the School House. Other time period are interpreted in the Frémont House, the Mercantile, and the Printing Office.

If you would like to become a “Living History interpreter,” you may choose between a third-person presentation — such as tour guides use — and a first-person Chautauqua experience, where you ‘become’ a living visitor from the past. Whatever your interest, Sharlot Hall Museum is a place that brings history to life.

We appreciate your feedback on this program. Please send your comments to the curator.

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