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Good Bye For Now

By Allison Pettengill | October 19, 2017

This is a brief episode announcing that the show is transitioning to a seasonal style show instead of a weekly show. I am also going to be focusing on the History Ambassadors Program and my personal life. Please do still reach out to me at helpinghistoryhappen at gmail dot com and Allison at helpinghistoryhappen dot com.…

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042 Clothing Speaks Audiences Listen Part 2

By Allison Pettengill | October 11, 2017

“I’d love to get in my time machine and go walk down the streets and blend in if I could and hide as an invisible person in the crowd. But No, I want to come home, to my life of being free and being able to own things and being able to not die of…

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041 Clothing Speaks Audiences Listen Part 1

By Allison Pettengill | October 4, 2017

“I really love the regular people. The people that are walking by on the street in the background of the painting. The people who are working in their house or are just doing regular things in regular life. That’s where I really love to study what people are wearing and how it’s cut and what…

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040 It Takes a Village to Create an Event

By Allison Pettengill | September 27, 2017

“Take a deep breath and smile. Because at the end, everyone goes home hopefully hale and sound and hopefully having had a good time. But it’s like getting married, in the end, you’re still married, in the end, you still had an event. And despite all the catastrophes that can go on 99% of the…

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039 Creating Educationally Impactful Performances

By Allison Pettengill | September 20, 2017

“I’m not going to tell the stories of these women and then shut my mouth and put a blindfold on when I see things that I don’t agree with today. So I’ve been wrestling with that because there are certain organizations that you want to perform for yet they still maintain policies that are archaic…

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(038) Conquering the Obstacles of Rapid Growth

By Allison Pettengill | September 13, 2017

“The Super Bowl ya know they have 100,000 people, and it’s a sporting event. Why can’t we get people to come history events in that kind of number? And I kinda feel like we are doing that. Someone this year said in one of their posts that it felt like the Super Bowl of WWII…

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(037) Going Deep into History

By Allison Pettengill | September 6, 2017

“Knowing the material you are talking about at a really great depth and then being able to use that to be able to put these connections together and to place things that might seem unplaceable to others.”   Our Guest today is Gavin Kleespies. He has been working in public history for the past 25…

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(036) Purpose Thru Focus on Your Goal

By Allison Pettengill | July 26, 2017

“An event you want to have a life beyond itself. The event is cool but how does that live to the next year, or to the next ten years, or to the next generation. What propels that forward?”   Wendy lives in rural VT and came to history as a profession later in life. Her…

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(035) Trust Is Key To Authentic Reenacting

By Allison Pettengill | July 19, 2017

    “One thing that a lot of people who do reenacting or military living history don’t understand is the guys are tight; you know how each other think, you know how each other react to things.”     Our Guest today is Scott Todd Dunkirk. Scott was born in Kankakee, ILL and raised near…

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(034) Watching History Evolve Over Time

By Allison Pettengill | July 12, 2017

“History really does tells us who we are and how we came to be who we are.”   Liz Covart is a historian of early American history who specializes in the cultural and political history of Revolutionary America. She is the creator and host of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History and…

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Why Historical Events?

By Allison Pettengill | March 16, 2017

Why is such a hard question to answer. It is something we don’t think about often, and yet it is something that has been extensively written about. In many ways, why is a feeling that is buried at a subconscious level. Love of something seems so natural but putting into words why we do it is…

Dress codes for performers and vendors.

By Allison Pettengill | March 16, 2017

How do you motivate people to follow the dress code? Dress code is a constant battle that I have seen and heard of many times. We are all familiar with the vendor who just wears everyday jeans with a loose historical shirt and calls it good or the performer who has a costume made up…

Quest for Free Tools

By Allison Pettengill | February 2, 2017

A Quest for Free Tools I started working on Helping History Happen in earnest back in October 2016. I have been a business owner for many years. When I decided to let that business go, I did not know what I would be working on next, so I started listening and reading waiting to find…

Winners of the Wool and Survey Results!

By Allison Pettengill | January 24, 2017

First I want to thank everyone who filled out the survey! I truly appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions and give me your thoughts. Helping History Happen is a new endeavor for me and one that I hope will be of use to all of us working and playing in history. The answers…

Podcast LAUNCH Announcement

By Allison Pettengill | January 11, 2017

I am thrilled to announce the launch of our Podcast—Helping History Happen. For someone who loves both events and history, this is an exciting time! I loved dressing up in period costumes as a child, and that inner-child in me is still just as exhilarated as I launch this new endeavor. We’ll release two episodes…

Volunteer Care

By Allison Pettengill | November 14, 2016

Volunteers are the backbone of so many historical events. I feel volunteer care is an important subject to cover. Most groups large and small don’t have the budget to pay all the people who get things done for them. Many can’t pay anyone because they are all volunteer run. It is a constant struggle to look…

Historical Accuracy for Clothing

By Allison Pettengill | November 14, 2016

  Historical Accuracy is a tricky thing when dealing with any form of a historical event. From Movies to fairs to a single talk at a conference we have all had those moments when we rolled our eyes at something we knew wasn’t right. I have been passionate about historical clothing for 20 years. I…

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