The Friends of the Dover Public Library are delighted to present an intriguing and informative program on a somewhat unusual pastime: Civil War reenacting. On Tuesday evening, November 17 at 7pm in the library’s Lecture Hall, come and hear dedicated reenactor Austin Clark talk ardently about his avocation.
If you wonder why anyone would want to wear wool on a hundred degree day, march through tick-infested fields in the rain, sew shirts from untreated cotton, or let dozens of guns fire right beside your head, Austin will describe the attraction and the appeal of his “hobby”. He looks forward to informing "spectators" as he explains not only how to raise a regiment and where to find the best quality haversack, but also the motivations and passions of the reenactors themselves.
Austin Clark has been reenacting with varying levels of intensity for the past seven years. His historical passion has been fueled by an undergraduate career at Gettysburg College, four years (and counting) giving tours at Canterbury Shaker Village, and a stint living and working in Bath, England. He is currently a part-time librarian, part-time tour guide, full-time New Hampshirite, and proud member of the 6th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry. The 6th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry is a Civil War reenacting group based out of southern New Hampshire. In addition to traditional reenactments, they work extensively in support of educational programs and parades to help bring Civil War history, quite literally, "to life."
This program is free. For more information, call the Dover Public Library at 603-516-6050.