Any living historian who desires to further their knowledge will generally begin their research on the internet. Living History Resources can provide you with links as they are found or submitted. Below is the beginning of a list that will start you on your way to gaining more knowledge about living history, reenacting, those who do it, and what it takes to become a reenactor or living historian.
- Before the Automobile
- Costumes, Cats & 18th Century
- Diary of a Mantua Maker
- Historical Sewing
- The Duchess of Devonshire’s Gossip Guide to the 18th Century
- The New York Public Library Fashion Blog
- Worn Through
- Confessions of a Costumeholic
- His Majesty’s Ship Acasta
- Naval History Blog
- Of Ships & Surgeons
- Old Salt Blog
- Ships on the Shore
- Whaling Museum Blog
- La Couturiere Parisienne ~ 4,000 pictures, hundreds of article and period patterns.
- Fashion Era ~ contains 890 content rich, illustrated pages of Fashion History, Costume History, Clothing, Fashions and Social History.
- Victoria & Albert Museum ~ their collection is the largest and most comprehensive collection of dress in the world.
- Costume Society of America ~ for academics, museum professionals, students, and reenactors.
- The Great Pattern Review ~ thinking of trying a new historical clothing pattern? Check out this website first to see if anyone had problems with it.
Forums & Facebook Groups:
- The Authentic Campaigner ~ Forum for all things Civil War & War Between the States related.
- The Sewing Academy ~ Forum for historic sewing, focusing on the Civil War era.
French & Indian War:
- The Seven Years War Page
- A Brief History of the French and Indian War
- Allan Eckert’s Official Web Page
- The French and Indian’s War Impact on America
- Historical Trekking
- On The Trail of The Last of The Mohicans ~ A guide booklet to the film’s locations
- American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies ~ Established in 1969, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies advances study and research in the history of a time that has profoundly influenced our world. ASECS is a pioneer in interdisciplinary investigation, and it therefore welcomes as members those working in all areas of scholarly inquiry pertinent to eighteenth-century studies.
- Mesawmi – A group made up of mix of Native re-enactors (Shawnee, Delaware, etc.) in the West Virginia area
- Pineywoods Buckskinners – A group in East Texas
- W.O.T.L.M. (Woodsmen of the Little Muskegon) – A group out of Michigan
- America’s Civil War
- History Today
- Smoke & Fire News
Various Historical Resources:
- History Teacher has many links for researching all things historical
- The History Place has some rich links to American history
- Smithsonian Education ~ The site is divided simply into three main categories: Educators, Families, and Students. The Educators section is keyword searchable and features lesson plans — many pertaining to history. The Students section features an interactive “Secrets of the Smithsonian” that teaches about the special collections at the Smithsonian.
- American Needlework in the 18th Century ~ some lovely examples of extant embroidered pieces.
- The National Archives ~ A research gem for everything related to American history.
- American Heritage ~ The website is a bit cluttered, but there are some great resources here such as state-by-state travel guides in .pdf format, Today in History, and information on sites, artifacts, and more.
- The British Museum ~ their online collections
- John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Resources for the Study of America’s History – The John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library is dedicated to advancing knowledge of colonial British America, the American Revolution, and the early United States.
- Virginia & Maryland Probated Records 1740-1810
- Threads of Feeling – 18th century textile tokens left with abandoned babies at the London Foundling Hospital
- Mid-America Buckskinning Info Page ~ Includes Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska
- National Muzzle Loader Rifle Association ~ events page
Native American Sites:
- Index of Native American Resources on the Internet
- Fine Quality Custom Weaving Historically Correct of the 18th Century
- Native Technology & Art – Lots of articles of interest, including brain tanning, plants, basketry, etc.
Other Interesting Living History Links:
- Colonial and Revolutionary Periods Timeline
- Natural Tanning and Leather Resources
- The History Net
- The Overland Trail
- Mountain Men & The Fur Trade – an on-line library and research center
- Ghostriders (Reenactors) – a non-profit Living History/stunt company, specializing in Civil War and Old West reenacting. Very interesting.
Merchants and Suppliers List:
- Avalon Forge
- Beaver Buckets
- C&D Jarnigan Co., Inc.
- Carl Giordano, Tinsmith
- Carolina Calicoes
- Clearwater Hats
- Conde Trading
- De La Ronde Forge
- Dirty Billy Hats
- Discriminating General
- Dixie Gunworks
- Fort Downing Trade Company
- Four Seasons Tentmasters
- G. Gedney Godwin
- Goose Bay Workshops
- Hamilton Drygoods
- Jas. Townsend & Son, Inc.
- L & R Lock Company
- Log Cabin Shop
- Loyalist Arms & Repairs
- Middlesex Village Trading Companie
- Nor’west Trading Company
- Old Dominion Forge
- Panther Primitives
- Period Fabric
- Smiling Fox Forge
- Smoke & Fire
- Two Bears Trading Company
- Wilde Weavery
- Winkler Knives