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Tips on getting started

So you have decided that you want to begin in the living history hobby! Great news!

But wait…now you’re stuck on how to begin. Do you find an event? Do you start making clothes? Do you pick a character to portray? Well, we hope that this blog post will give you a good starting point.



The first thing you’re going to want to do is figure out what your “impression” is. That is, what is the character/person you’re going to portray? Usually, you have an idea of a time period that you like (Civil War, Revolutionary War, WW2, etc) or maybe you’ve seen or been to a reenactment or living history event which turned you on to this hobby in the first place.


Some people don’t have a specific event in mind to dress up for, so they just choose a time period that they like and create a persona – or decide to portray an actual historical figure – and build the clothing around that. Lots of times, though, new living historians want to get involved in local historical events or reenactments which have their own specific time periods you have to adhere to. You can’t portray someone from the early 1900s, for example, at a Texan military fort that existed the 1830s.

The next thing you’ll want to do is determine if you’re going to portray a real historical figure or a fictional person from a certain era? Many living historians portray someone entirely fictional, or someone based on a real person – for example, someone in their own family.


After you know who you’re going to portray, then you need to determine whether you’re going to present that ch