Tuesday, July 11, 2006

PERIOD COSTUMES - Pennsylvania Germans

-----Original Message-----
From: David Weiser
To: WEISER-L@rootsweb.com
Subject: [WEISER-L] A little off topic
A friend of mine recently pointed me to a Renn fair type of show for colonial America called Penn's Colony (
http://www.pennscolony.com/). It looks like a lot of fun, set in the French and Indian War period. The only thing is, from the website it looks like only the English, Scottish, French, and Native Americans are represented. This makes me sad, and I would love to go dressed in period and show some German spirit. So for you historians out there, what was the garb of that period like? Was there anything particular to our German ancestors? I'd hate to go and end up being a total misfit.

DearDAVID,
Ol' Myrt loves the idea of going in period costume. Of course, there are many websites, even our own WEISER FAMILY HOME PAGE -
http://www.rootsweb.com/~pajcwfa/index.htm that show examples of clothing of the time period. Why not go as Conrad Weiser himself? His "dress clothing" as the first magistrate in Reading, PA might be appropriate.

For additional ideas, remember, he served as a Colonel during the French & Indian War time period in PA. You can get lost looking through the various sites associated with the PENNSYLVANIA HISTORICAL & MUSEUM COMMISSION http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/ Publications through your local public library (perhaps in the children's department) may provide illustrations of clothing styles.

See also:
PENNSYLVANIA GERMAN SOCIETY
http://www.pgs.org/

HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF PENNSYLVANIA
http://www.hsp.org/

PENNSYLVANIA HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
http://www.pa-history.org

WIKI - French & Indian War
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_and_Indian_War

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
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