Today my family attended Living History Days hosted by Vision Heirs in Colorado. They are offered twice a year in our state, and I know that similar opportunities take place all over the country. If you have the chance to attend one, I highly recommend it! I can’t think of a better way to give your children a hands-on homeschool experience in a well-organized historical setting.
Our Living History Days this spring was set in the spring of 1780, featuring 18th century costumed interpreters, more than a dozen hands-on activities for children and adults, a period drama, and two live battle re-enactments. So many different aspects of colonial life were brought to life for the chidren to experience — from agriculture and woodworking to blacksmiths, gunsmiths, trappers, camp “followers” and cooks — and each tent included demonstrations and story-telling by lively colonial characters. We even got to take a family photo fully decked out in period clothing!
Getting dressed in our colonial best before our family photo
Even though we’re not currently studying this particular period in history, we did recently study the Jamestown settlement and are almost done with our Pilgrims unit study, so the girls related to many of the projects we got to try. When Living History Days returns to Colorado in the fall, they’ll be covering the year 1781, so there will be new dramas and battles to watch.
Highlights from our Living History Day:
Attending colonial school
Doing copywork with quills and ink
Watching the gunsmiths at work
Doing laundry with the “camp followers”
Churning fresh butter — it was delicious!
Making colonial cornbread
Checking out military weapons
Big sis & littlest sis woodworking together
Drilling holes the old-fashioned way
My girls enjoyed every minute of this experience, and now that I know what to expect, I plan to do a little history prep at home before we attend the next one. I’m also thinking about period costumes — but I’ll have to learn to sew first!
Have you ever attending a living history day? What were some of your favorite activities? If not, how have you brought history to life in your homeschool? Let us know in the comments below!