Patriots Day
Reenactor 101
Choose a reenactor:Get InvolvedLook the PartKnow Your WeaponsMake MusicLearn Outside the BookPlay the GamesBring Your FamilyBalance Your Schedule

Name: Brian
From: Nashua, NH
Age: 13


Name: Alex
From: Lexington, MA
Age: 13

'Learning about this in school doesn't compare to being there and watching it.'-- Brian, 'People at school walk up to me and say, 'I saw you in the re-enactment, it was pretty cool.'-- Alex
Learn Outside the Book

Immerse yourself in a reenactment to find out what's missing from history books -- the sounds, the smells, the early wake-up calls. There are plenty of roles for civilians. Experience it all firsthand!

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Step One: Be There On Time
Think you know what a "midnight ride" is really all about? Get up super early to make sure you don't miss any of the action.

"I get up at two o'clock, maybe. It's not that bad -- I don't really go to sleep."
-- Brian

"I get excited when I realize what morning it is and why I'm getting up this early... so I get up pretty fast."
-- Alex

Step Two: Try on the Clothes
Colonial clothes are a little more challenging than your regular clothes. Try on breeches or gaiters, weskits or smocks.

buttons on uniform"Usually I sleep in some of the clothes so I don't have to get dressed all the way."
-- Alex

"The pants are a little uncomfortable but you learn to live with it."
-- Brian

Step Three: Get an Assignment
During the battle you might run out to assigned fallen minute men to help them -- or mourn, if the character has died.

British firing"We stand by a rock and wait until the reenactment starts. We get assigned a person to run to beforehand so we know which person and where they'll fall down."
-- Alex

"The first time I didn't know what to do when the guns were firing because I never heard it before. It made me jump."
-- Brian

Step Four: Stop, Look, Listen
After all the hard work and preparation, make sure you enjoy the experience!

"It's awesome because you get to watch everything happen in front of you like it's really happening. I studied this in school and it doesn't compare to being there and watching it."
-- Brian

"It's right up close and personal, not just words on a book or pictures on a TV."
-- Alex

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