Re-enacting Western topic

WESTERNVILLE — "Re-Enacting: Making History Come to Life!" will be the program topic when the Town of Western Historical Society meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in Liberty Hall, 9219 Main St.

Following a brief business meeting, members and guests are invited to attend a program presented by society member Judy Leggett, which will highlight Ms. Leggett’s involvement re-enacting life in the 18th century, specifically relating to the Revolutionary War era, and her involvement with the Burning of the Valleys Military Association.

That’s an organization composed of individual units, which re-enact Revolutionary War events in the Mohawk, Schoharie and Upper Hudson Valleys, that occurred between the years 1775-1782. The goal of the units, according to its website, is to commemorate historic events by "always making special efforts to obtain at least two of the following criteria:

¿ use original sites when available;

¿ stage the event as close to the original date as possible;

¿ recreate the event as accurately as possible, taking special care to include the recreated regiments of those who participated in the actual event;

¿ to commemorate these events in honor of those who originally served;

¿ promote pride in the heritage of the region;

¿ increase public awareness of local history; and

¿ promote tourism throughout the Schoharie and Mohawk and Upper Hudson valleys."

Members of the BVMA re-enacting unit will play a role this spring as the Town of Western again hosts the "Heritage Days" celebration, which focuses on our history and heritage, on the weekend of June 1-3.

Leggett also creates hand made 18th century garments, and has made regimental uniforms for staff at Fort Stanwix National Monument. She is retired from the DDSO, and lives in Rome with her husband, re-enactor Bub and their sons.

Refreshments will be served. For information, contact Veronica Murphy at 827-4179.