Archive for Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Re-enactors should rise again

June 5, 2012

To the editor:

Kudos to the committee of hard-working volunteers who once again gave us such a proud weekend, Old Shawnee Days! You rock. However, one event needs to be brought back: the Re-enactors of the Civil War. It was always a highlight of Old Shawnee Days. But they’ve been banned from participating the past three years. You see, the Re-enactors, as ably led by Retired Col. Jim “Spike” Speicher of Shawnee, played Confederate soldiers.

What better way for kids to learn history than questioning and interacting with people who fought on the other side? With his 30-year celebrated career in our real military, Col. Speicher and his men were always appropriate with kids.

Someone on that committee folded to political pressure. Then instead of admitting the real reason, they hid behind an excuse, that they “didn’t live up to their contract,” because they didn’t set up in the pouring rain that Sunday. Well, their props are authentic museum-quality relics that don’t “cotton” to the rain. There was no audience that day, thus no loss.

Tracy Thomas

Shawnee

Editor’s note: Sharon Uhler, who chairs the Old Shawnee Days living history committee, said she was not aware of initial reasons the Re-enactors were not asked back. But she said the committee is now seeking re-enactments related to Shawnee Town’s focus: the 1920s.

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