If you enjoy history even in the least, you need to listen to this episode. David and Becky sat down with author Charlie Schroeder, a native of Brickerville, PA now living in Hong Kong, who decided to embark on a journey of historical education through war reenactment. The energy emulating from this guy made me want to dig up all my old history books and immerse myself in the stories of people from long ago. I had forgotten what it’s like to imagine myself in the middle of the Battle of Gettysburg, praying that a cannonball didn’t fly through the wall of the house. Charlie points out that re-enacting, or historical role-playing, opens up the mind to a much deeper understanding of where we came from and how what happened then has shaped what is happening now. It brings for many people a connection, whether it be to their own family origins, or to those men and women who shaped this great nation that we call home.

Re-enacting can take many forms and happens on many different levels. It can vary greatly when it comes to historical accuracy, breaking in-and-out of character, artistic license, and who is considered the actor or the audience. But whatever their preferences, and whatever their reasons for doing it, re-enactors seem to share a certain sparkle about stepping into another world.

Charlie has written a book about his gallant adventures called, “Man of War: My Adventures in the World of Historical Reenactment”.  He discussed at length the creative process for putting something like this together. Check out an excerpt from the book here.


Commenters: What era of historical reenactment sounds the most interesting to you?

Support for this episode provided by Pennsylvania College of Art & Design.

Theme music: Invisible Walls by Revolution Void
Break music: An Other Side by Xenyka