June 2-4, 2017
This is a semi-immersion event that will put an emphasis on first person character development and first person interaction between participants.
Third person interpretation is also acceptable and, at times, may be necessary, particularly when talking to park visitors. We encourage everyone to develop a first person character based on the information available about village life in 1861. All registered participants are required to pick an impression and fill out the Character Development Worksheet (Adobe PDF).
This event is very welcoming to people new to first person. There will be public visiting the park during the day and we will need flexibility in interpretation in suit their education needs.
Those more comfortable with third person can volunteer to interpret for the public.
If you would like to learn more about first person character development, there are several good links on this site:
All registered participants will be required to fill out the character development worksheet and share their bios by April 1, 2016. This will allow us time to plan scenarios and interactions between village residents and ensure a good distribution of impressions.
For first person questions/concerns, contact Noah Briggs at bluemasscat(a)yahoo.com
Into the Storm
Please sign up for the impression of your choice on the registration form. Impressions will be filled on a first come first serve basis. We want to be sure to represent a wide range of classes and roles. If you have a specialty impression or have any questions, please contact Jessica Craig at email@example.com This list will be updated as spots fill up, so register early and check back often! (*please note that military impressions are by specific invitation only and very limited).
Possible Impressions based on actual occupations present in mid-19th century Hopewell Village. Please refer to the Walker history (listed on the History page of the website) and the National Park Service website for Hopewell Village for more information on these occupations.
In addition to traditional woman’s roles, some women took in boarders and cooked for workers. Women also took in sewing, mending, and laundry. Women also worked at spinning, weaving, candle making, soap making, and knitting. They were also teachers, maids, cooks, and seamstresses. Women also worked at farm tasks, gardening, livestock care, and apple picking. Children worked in the furnace as apprentices. Sons worked with their fathers. Older boys helped to cut wood. Boys and girls did farm work. Girls worked as maids and housekeepers.