The purpose of Historical Interpretation of the Conococheague Institute (CI) is to educate the public concerning the lives, trades, and services of the civilian population in the area surrounding CI through the accurate portrayal of the aforementioned persons. Historical interpretation will be based on extensive research and documentation.
Our time of interpretation can vary during special events, but we are currently seeking Volunteers with a focus on the 1730s to 1790s Civilian life.
In that time range, CI's history includes a range of interpretations. Classes represented include Middling wealth landowners, laborers, craftsmen, and slaves. Women's roles, often underrepresented at many sites, play a pivotal role in our site interpretation of Daily Family Life.
The PA frontier in the mid 18th Century contains a blend of cultures including Welsh, English, Scotch-Irish, German, African and Native American.
While two major conflicts dominate the view of 18th Century America (the French and Indian War, and the War of Independence), and several of our Historic Residents served in militias and provincial companies, Military impressions are a supplement rather than a core of our Story.
CI continually strives to provide the most accurate representation of the past, while recognizing the limitations of attempting to recreate the past. Clothing, equipment, daily actions, and all other aspects of interpretive activity will be based on historic documentation.
During public hours, public interpreters will educate the public in an open, friendly, and engaging matter. Interpreters will remain within the interpreted time period during the entire duration of programming hours to ensure an immersive experience for the public. Modern items must be kept minimal and must be hidden from view.
To maintain authenticity for all participants, after-hours activities should be educational and entertaining and should conform to authenticity standards.
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We are currently unable to provide full outfits for potential volunteers.
We are working on more detailed Interpretive training, Standards, and guidelines. In progress versions of our Standards are available on request.
Due to the nature of volunteering in Children's educational programs, all applicants must pass a background check.
If you would like to apply to volunteer in a Living History Role please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out the contact page and include the following information:
Please also include a current photo of your impression for review.