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Placemen and Pensioners

June 8, 2011 by James Riley

A London Chronicle Mock Editorial re-printed in the New Hampshire Gazette, January 26, 1770. (Click to read larger version) The October 12, 1769 edition of the London Chronicle printed a “most humble petition to his M—– [Majesty],” mocking the concerns of “placemen and pensioners.”   While most of us know what a “pensioner” might be, you […]

Hearts and Minds and Souls

June 2, 2011 by James Riley

The Interior Space in a Period Piece If you’ve spent any time around historical reenactors, you know there can be hilarious attention to the material world of the past.   Among snarky living historians, you are likely to hear things like: “Nice leggings, but not

New Hampshire News — June 15, 1770

May 31, 2011 by James Riley

English Race Horse Available for Breeding “Scrip,” a beautiful brown bay horse, imported from England and the winner of many matches, has been sent to improve the horse stock of New England, and  is now available for a stud fee of six shillings.   No mare under fourteen hands will be admitted.  He is capable of […]

Production Update

May 30, 2011 by James Riley

We’re winding down the home stretch to the premiere of our first episode “The Travail of Sarah Pine” on June 26th.   The picture is

Bide with me here, for a Time

May 27, 2011 by James Riley

If you spend any time reading 18th century literature, you’ll stumble upon some odd units of measure: “Sennight” A space of seven days and nights, a week.   New Hampshire Gazette, April 27,1770: “..Advices from the Robbinhood (sic) Society. The last time I was at the club was on Tuesday sennight.” “Ultimo” of or occurring in […]

Teachable moments: the lessons of Courage

May 26, 2011 by Megan Ernst

I love to teach.  I love that moment when the words you say to a student make their eyes suddenly light up with recognition and understanding.  In those moments you can actually see their world suddenly becoming a little bit bigger.  Yet sometimes these moments are few and far between.  Sometimes the day to day […]

Bringing Braxton Cage to Life: Gary Moore

May 25, 2011 by Gary Moore

When I was asked to join the cast of Courage, New Hampshire, I was simply thrilled for several reasons. My first reason was a chance to work with one of my idols in the acting world, the talented Basil Hoffman. My second reason was the chance to be a part of a decent family friendly […]

A New Mom’s Take on “The Travail of Sarah Pine”

May 24, 2011 by Mallory Drazin

Dad has touched briefly on the difficulty of working closely with family on a project like this, what he didn’t mention was the added difficulty of trying to explain every production decision to an overly-opinionated pregnant woman. We debated casting decisions, dialogue, storyboarding, but the story itself has resonated with me since the beginning.

An ‘Encouraging’ Dose of Tar and Feather

May 24, 2011 by James Riley

‘Community’ may be many things to many people, but for most of the industrial era, at least, it hasn’t had much to do with seeking  justice.   The days of the sheriff calling out the posse and deputizing every honest man in the neighborhood have morphed into ‘community watch’ programs, where people just peer out their windows and call […]

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