Kevin,Originally Posted by Kevin O'Beirne
I wish to re-visit your reply (above) to mine, dated February 19th entitled: Ebbs, Flows and Floes - Re-enact’g on the Move where I said:
“One of the how-to publications once announced a spoof campaign saying that it had acquired a vacant lot and was ‘going’ to be soliciting funds in support of an old re-enactor soldier home [in a vacant lot at Marrietta] near the banks of the Ohio River. Why not create an actual location to house the written history of re-enacting history?”
For a very long time I too have contemplated establishing a "central repository". Might it be time for someone well connected, say with the National Civil War Museum (NCWM) in Harrisburg, Penna., to ask whether it ought to be proper and logical for originals or copies of documents pertaining to 1860’s re-enacting history be housed at their facility?
NCWM is a well-established institution. Public funding could be sought so as to catalogue and make such documents available for research purposes. It would also relieve much of the current strain now existing on my own attic floor joists.
“Knowledge, by Time, advances slow and wise,
Turns ev’ry where its deep-discerning eyes;
Sees What befel, and What may yet befal;
Concludes from Both, & best provides for All.
E. Austin , scripsit, 1734
The materials of the participants and their emulators under one roof. Sound logical?
Yr Obt Svt,