We are again seeking Interpreters for Battle Road 2000!
What is an interpreter? For several years, a dedicated group of reenactors have worked to bring the Battle Road ceremonies and reenactments to life for the public. A majority of these interpreters have been women, but many men also return as interpreters each year. For the 225th anniversary of the Battle Road events, we seek to include many new interpreters so that they can be a part of Battle Road and assist with the large numbers of visitors that we anticipate.
What do interpreters do? Battle Road interpreters perform several very valuable roles. Interpreters make the public's experience more enjoyable and more educational by answering questions and talking to the public about the historical events of April 19th. Interpreters also help to ensure that the public stays within the safe areas that are designated for spectators. Visitors consistently tell us that the interpreters are one of the highlights of Battle Road.
What if I don't feel comfortable talking to the public? Being an interpreter may sound like a difficult or intimidating role -- it is not! We will give you ideas to help you approach the role in a way that you will enjoy and be comfortable with. Interpreters at previous Battle Road events have told us that they a great deal of fun, even though some were apprehensive at first about speaking with the public.
This sounds like something I would enjoy, but I don't know enough! You would probably be surprised at how much you do know. However, living history is not a full-time job for most of us, and we all find that refreshing our memory and learning more about the events of 1775 is helpful. Each year, we distribute a variety of materials -- some short, some more detailed -- to help interpreters who want to do some reading before the event. These will help you to make yourself comfortable with the historical background of the events of April 19th, and know how the Battle Road events will unfold. We will distribute these at our meeting on Muster Day, described below, and will also post copies on the Battle Road Web site.
OK, I'm convinced. What's the schedule? There are two dates to mark on the calendar, and we hope to add a third. First, we would like to use the third annual Muster Day on Saturday, March 25th at Buckman's Tavern in Lexington as an opportunity to meet and discuss this year's Battle Road. This is not required, but previous Muster Days have been a lot of fun and a convenient chance to talk about Battle Road. Second, of course, is Saturday, April 15th, the date of this year's Battle Road events. Finally, like last year, we hope to schedule an optional evening or weekend "workshop" -- in previous years we have had presentations by David Hackett Fischer, author of Paul Revere's Ride, and George Neumann, whose most recent book is Battle Weapons of the American Revolution.
What else do I need to know? There are a few things to remember.
Who should I contact to sign up or find out more? Please feel free to contact either:
Interpreter Bulletin #1
Note: You will need the program Adobe Acrobat Reader to read or print the document. This program is free. Your computer may already have Acrobat Reader installed. Try following the link to the Interpreters materials in the previous paragraph. If you can read it, then you're all set. If you can't read it, then either you don't have Acrobat Reader installed, or you have an old version (you need at least version 3.0 to read the interpreters' materials). In that case, you can get a new copy of it from Adobe. (Note to nerds: Most people have an Acrobat plug-in installed in their Web browser so that when they follow the link, they see the materials right in their browser. Some people have Acrobat Reader, but not the plug-in. They have to download the materials and then open them in the Acrobat Reader application. Whatever.)
Last updated: 23 Feb 2000
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