Finger Lakes, FLX, History, NY, Uncategorized, Upstate New York

Summer School. Making tin lanterns in the shade.


This was just a snapshot through an upstairs window, but I liked the focused, intent posture of the kids.

Intent on something other than cellphones!

Historians seem to either love, or hate, “living history” museums.

I’ve been visiting this “village” since I was a kid, and it also feels familiar, because many of the houses are the same vintage as my home, and hometown.

So it’s kind of like visiting a place where you used to live.



6 thoughts on “Summer School. Making tin lanterns in the shade.

  1. What a fabulous photo. You’re right, about the intensity of the kids. Strangely, I still have the punched tin lantern I made at Camp Fire Girls camp. A lot has been given, tossed, or lost, but not that lantern.

    I am curious: why would historians hate living history museums? Is there a short answer?

  2. If you’ve read any of my history blogs, you already know I stink at short answers! 🙂 But I think some historians see them as guilty of the unforgivable sin of sentimentality — sanitized, romanticized, over-simplified — basically presenting a falsified, prettied-up past.
    There, I think that’s enough negativity for a Sunday afternoon.
    Personally, I think they’re great. I enjoy visiting them, and have met a lot of nice folks –docents, visitors, reenactors. I believe in “public history” and reaching out to kids and anyone with even a casual interest in any aspect of history.
    Well did I mention I’m bad a short answers?! 😊

  3. That’s a very nice shot. As far as I can remember, I’ve never been to a living history museum, but I have nothing against the concept. I think it’s likely to be much easier for visitors to understand certain aspects of the reality of daily life if they can see re-enactors carrying them out. Being overly-sentimental is a possible danger, I guess, but I don’t see that it’s inevitable.

    • Thank you, Mr. K. I’m especially interested when they’re cooking old time recipes. I don’t think about food all the time, only when I’m awake, and sometimes when I’m dreaming, and there’s a whole world of interesting food from the past, that we’ve never experienced, so that’s often another great thing about these reenactors

      • Some of the old pies and pastries do sound very nice. I don’t think I’d be so enthusiastic about ancient Roman cuisine, though. I’m not sure how many lark tongues or pickled dormouse tails I could handle.

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