Sunday, March 11, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen of the 1860s Conference: Part 6

Last day of the conference. Bittersweet. Always hate to see the conference end. The sessions on this day are not divided into tracks. The first presentation was Susan Hughes and "So You Want to be a Farmer (or a Farmer's Wife): The Agricultural Revolution and its Impact on Everyday Life in the 1860s". This was a fun presentation. Susan discussed farm life and the common varieties of farm crops and animals in mid-19th century. This was a fun and very informative session. I enjoyed it very much.

The last presentation of the conference was Joe Mieczkowski and "The Ordeal of the Civilians of Gettysburg, and What We Can Learn from Them". Mr. Mieczkowski is a Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide and the compiler/editor of books on Jefferson Davis' and Abraham Lincoln's cabinets. This was a fun presentation with lots of images and animation in the PowerPoint. The presentation went over the battle and its effect on the people living in and around Gettysburg.

And so it ends. The next conference will be February 28 - March 3, 2013. A couple of the presentations next year will be on period plants and crops and domestic service. I plan to be there!

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