History on the Hoof

History on the Hoof Living History presentations on themes in American History. Started in 1993 by Stacy F. Roth and B. David Emerson. We celebrate two decades of presenting for historic sites, libraries, historical organizations, senior centers, womens' clubs, schools, festivals and other organizations.

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October is a fine time for SPOOKY STORIES! Hosting a small gathering in an outdoor environment? Located in New Jersey or...
09/10/2020

October is a fine time for SPOOKY STORIES! Hosting a small gathering in an outdoor environment? Located in New Jersey or Southeastern PA? Consider including the Shannachie of Glendunbun Ballybeg to your event. Contact us at [email protected] with your inquiry.

Happy 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment!
08/26/2020

Happy 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment!

David portrays George Washington next Monday, February 24, 2020 at the monthly program meeting of the Historical Associa...
02/20/2020

David portrays George Washington next Monday, February 24, 2020 at the monthly program meeting of the Historical Association of Woodbridge Township at 7 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church, 600 Rahway Avenue, Woodbridge, NJ 07095. Admission: Free. Open to the general public.

David will present "George Washington Remembers New Jersey" at 7pm tomorrow evening, February 12, 2020 at the Montville ...
02/12/2020

David will present "George Washington Remembers New Jersey" at 7pm tomorrow evening, February 12, 2020 at the Montville Library, Montville, NJ. 90 Horseneck Rd., Montville, NJ 07045. 973-402-0900. Registration required. Contact the library to register or visit montvillelibrary.org

Photo by Al Pochek

November 25, 2019 – 7pm. “Stranger Among Saints: Stephen Hopkins of the Mayflower.” Historical Association of Woodbridge...
11/24/2019

November 25, 2019 – 7pm. “Stranger Among Saints: Stephen Hopkins of the Mayflower.” Historical Association of Woodbridge Township. Location: First Presbyterian Church of Woodbridge, 600 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge, NJ.

November 26, 2019 – 7pm. ““George Washington Remembers New Jersey.” Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood, Shady Rest at Scotch Hills Country Club, 820 Jerusalem Road, Scotch Plains, NJ. Sponsored by the New Jersey for the Humanities Public Scholars Project. Free.

Photo Credit: Al Pochek

Molly has a new hat! For years, Molly has been sporting a "found" hat, since it would be rare for the Continental Army t...
10/01/2019

Molly has a new hat! For years, Molly has been sporting a "found" hat, since it would be rare for the Continental Army to supply a camp follower with regulation headwear.

Earlier this year, Stacy participated in a workshop with Andrew Kirk. She made a hat based on a description of an early war Proctor's Pennsylvania Artillery hat, "a round hat, cocked on one side, bound with worsted."

When Proctor's Artillery became part of the Continental Army, their new uniforms adopted the standard cocked hat, which was cocked at the back and either side of the front. So. Molly is wearing the old style, discontinued hat of the Pennsylvania Artillery.

Artillery traditionally bound their hats with yellow, but we don't know whether Proctor's company bound their early hats with yellow, white, or off-white, so Stacy went with traditional artillery yellow. This was the result.

Many thanks to audience member Kim Johnson for snapping this photo!

Two upcoming opportunities to catch Over Here Molly Pitcher: Stories of a Woman of the Army in the American Revolution.S...
09/28/2019

Two upcoming opportunities to catch Over Here Molly Pitcher: Stories of a Woman of the Army in the American Revolution.
September 29, 2019 – 2pm. “Over Here Molly Pitcher: Stories of a Woman of the Army in the American Revolution,”

Burlington County Historical Society, 457 High St., Burlington, NJ 08016. Sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Public Scholars Project.

September 30, 2019. 7pm. “Over Here Molly Pitcher: Stories of a Woman of the Army in the American Revolution. Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown, NJ.

Stacy and Dave will appear as Molly Pitcher and George Washington at the Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair at Mon...
09/13/2019
NJDEP-Parks and Forests-Centennial of NJ State Historic Site

Stacy and Dave will appear as Molly Pitcher and George Washington at the Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair at Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan.

Weather looks good for tomorrow, September 14!

Come see 400 years of NJ History on display!

https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/historic/centennial/fairindex.htm

Spirit of the Jerseys  History Fair Monmouth Battlefield State Park Manalapan, NJ Saturday, September 14, 2019 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Rain date September 15

09/07/2019

History on the Hoof's presentations in September!

September 7, 2019 – 11 am. “George Washington Remembers New Jersey,” West Caldwell Public Library, 30 Clinton Rd., West Caldwell, NJ. Sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Public Scholars Project.

September 12, 2019 – 7pm. “George Washington Remembers New Jersey.” West Deptford Free Public Library, 420 Crown Point Rd., West Deptford, NJ 08086. Sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Public Scholars Project.

September 14, 2019 (Rain Date September 15). Stacy portrays Molly Pitcher and David portrays George Washington at the Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair, Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Manalapan, NJ. For schedules and info, see http://njhistoryfair.org/

September 21, 2019. Noon. Stacy presents “Over Here Molly Pitcher” at the Paoli Historical Association’s annual Military History Timeline, Paoli Battlefield Park, Paoli, PA.

September 29, 2019 – 2pm. “Over Here Molly Pitcher: Stories of a Woman of the Army in the American Revolution,” Burlington County Historical Society, 457 High St., Burlington, NJ 08016. Sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Public Scholars Project.

September 30, 2019. 7pm. “Over Here Molly Pitcher: Stories of a Woman of the Army in the American Revolution. Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown, NJ.

American Revolution Night with the Trenton Thunder – August 6, 2019 5:30pm to gametime and beyondArm and Hammer Stadium,...
07/28/2019

American Revolution Night with the Trenton Thunder –
August 6, 2019 5:30pm to gametime and beyond
Arm and Hammer Stadium,
Route 29, Trenton, NJ

Liberty Tree (Stacy Roth and Bob Dupre) and The Fifes and Drums of Washington Crossing (a new corps directed by Stacy Roth and Lance Peterson) will be among the featured historical groups populating American Revolution Night at Arm and Hammer Stadium on August 6:

"For the first time, Crossroads is bringing the revolution to the Trenton Thunder at Arm & Hammer Park!

We are taking baseball fans back to the year 1776! Trenton played a pivotal role in the American Revolution and on Tuesday, August 6, those in attendance will get a chance to learn about that and experience life as it was back then for residents of the town.

Get there early before the game to walk among the encampments of the Continental Army and the British Army and catch a glimpse of the 2nd NJ Regiment and the 1st Battalion of NJ Volunteers in action with their musket drills, explore the inner workings of an 18th century cannon, listen to authentic period music of the time by the Washington Crossing Fife and Drums, see musical performances by the Liberty Tree, meet members of Glover’s Marblehead Regiment, watch an 18th century doctor manipulate his medical tools, talk with camp followers of NJ History Alive as they demonstrate mock hearth cooking, taste 18th century ice cream with Heart to Hearth Cookery, enjoy colonial games, and meet Benjamin Franklin (portrayed by Mike Kochan) and General George Washington (portrayed by John Godzieba).

The action continues inside the ballpark where many history exhibitors will be set up along the concourse with fun games and activities for the family. These groups include Crossroads of the American Revolution, the Sons of the Revolution NJ, the Old Barracks Museum, Princeton Battlefield Society, Washington Crossing Park Association- NJ, the New Jersey Daughters of the American Revolution, the New Jersey Sons of the American Revolution, Washington Crossing Historic Park, the Miller-Cory House, Liberty Tree of the History on the Hoof, and the NJ State Park Service Office of Historic Sites.

On the field there will also be a presentation of American flags by the Sons of the Revolution Color Guard and George Washington will throw out the first pitch."

For tickets, see https://www.milb.com/trenton

https://revolutionarynj.org/american-revolution-night-with-the-trenton-thunder-august-6/

Stacy, Lance Peterson, Bob Dupre, and other members of the recently launched Washington Crossing Fifes and Drums will pu...
07/06/2019
Independence Day Celebration: Rebels & Redcoats Classic Car Show - Washington Crossing Historic Park

Stacy, Lance Peterson, Bob Dupre, and other members of the recently launched Washington Crossing Fifes and Drums will punctuate the Rebels and Redcoats Car Show between noon and one on July 6 at Washington Crossing Park, PA side. https://www.washingtoncrossingpark.org/event/rebels-redcoats-2019/

As part of its annual Independence Day celebration, Washington Crossing Historic Park invites classic car owners to compete in the second annual Rebels and Redcoats Classic Car Show on Saturday, July 6, 2019 from 10 AM to 2 PM. This unique show features only American, French, British and German cars...

07/04/2019

David will be at East Jersey Olde Town Village in Piscataway on July 4, portraying George Washington! (11-5)

Stacy will be playing fife at Washington Crossing Historic Park, Washington Crossing, PA, on July 4 from 12-4, and again on July 6 from 11:30 to 1pm at the Rebels and Redcoats Car Show at the Park.

Stacy will be at Monmouth Battlefield presenting "Over Here Molly Pitcher" for annual reenactment of the Battle of Monmo...
06/19/2019

Stacy will be at Monmouth Battlefield presenting "Over Here Molly Pitcher" for annual reenactment of the Battle of Monmouth (June 22/23) and the Anniversary Celebration of the Battle the following weekend (June 29/30).

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 12:30 in auditorium
Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 12:15 in auditorium
Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 1pm both days in the auditorium.

On the 29th and 30th, Stacy will lead a couple of participatory 18th century cannon drills (no firing) and, with drummer Lance Lance Peterson, present a program of fife and drum music at 2:45pm each day.

There is much more to see on both weekends! See schedule in the attached post.

Just a reminder that next weekend, June 22nd and 23rd, will be the annual Battle of Monmouth Reenactment! The following schedule is the tentative plan of events for this year's reenactment.

Saturday:
9am - Camps open to public.
11:30am - Mounted (horse) demonstration (on hillside below Visitor Center)
12:00am - Children's Musket Drill (at flagpole near Visitor Center)
12:30am - "Over Here" Molly Pitcher Program (Auditorium in Visitor Center)
1:00pm - Children's Musket Drill (at flagpole near Visitor Center)
1:30pm - Children's Cannon Drill (plaza outside Visitor Center)
1:45pm - Brief Memorial Service for the Battle Dead (outside Visitor Center)
2:00-2:45pm - Battle Reenactment (battle area on hillside below Visitor Center)
5:00pm - Camps close to public, Sutlers remain open.

Sunday:
9am - Camps open to public.
11:15am - Memorial service for Tony Maxwell (on hillside below Visitor Center)
11:30am - Artillery Drill (on hillside below Visitor Center)
12:00am - Children's Musket Drill (at flagpole near Visitor Center)
12:15am - "Over Here" Molly Pitcher Program (Auditorium in Visitor Center)
12:45pm - Children's Cannon Drill (plaza outside Visitor Center)
1:15pm - Brief Memorial Service for the Battle Dead (outside Visitor Center)
1:30-2:15pm - Battle Reenactment (battle area on hillside below Visitor Center)
3:00pm - Camps close to public, Sutlers remain open.

Liberty Tree (Stacy Roth & Bob Dupre) will participate in this event:Crossroads’ Revolutionary Spirit NightSaturday, Jun...
06/07/2019
Crossroads' Revolutionary Spirit Night - Crossroads of the American Revolution

Liberty Tree (Stacy Roth & Bob Dupre) will participate in this event:

Crossroads’ Revolutionary Spirit Night
Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Crossroads of the American Revolution and The Somerset Patriots to co-host 4th Annual Revolutionary Spirit Night!

Get ready to immerse yourself in the year 1777! On Saturday, June 8, Revolutionary Spirit Night will transport fans back in time to when TD Bank Ballpark wasn’t the home field of the Somerset Patriots, but the Middlebrook Encampment and the home of thousands of Continental Soldiers during the American Revolution.

Fans in attendance will hear the roar of an 18th century cannon with Mott’s Artillery, witness drills and musket fire by soldiers and militiamen alongside an encampment, see the Queens Rangers on horseback, and take selfies with General George Washington and the 2nd NJ Regiment in front of an 18th century replica row boat used to take Washington across the Delaware on the famed Christmas Night Crossing!

Fans will also meet a colonial doctor and his tools inside the medical tent, mingle with some mariners of the Sable Soldiers of the American Revolution, witness 18th century hearth cooking with NJ History Alive and sample authentic 18th century beverages with Heart to Hearth Cookery!

The fun doesn’t stop there though- once inside the ballpark, fans will be serenaded by Liberty Tree, enjoy a parade of America’s flags of the past by the Society of the Sons of the Revolution in the State of NJ, and be greeted by a number of historic sites set up at exhibit tables along the concourse with fun games and activities for the whole family. These groups include Crossroads of the American Revolution, the Heritage Trail Association, the Old Barracks Museum, Morristown NHP, Washington Crossing Historic Park, Princeton Battlefield Society, East Jersey Old Town Village, the New Jersey Daughters of the American Revolution, the Sons of the Revolution NJ, Jacobus Vanderveer House, and the NJ State Park Service Office of Historic Sites along with Rockingham Historic Site and the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage.

You might also run into a few rowdy British soldiers still bitter over the loss of the Revolution!

The first 500 fans will receive an 18th century quill pen sponsored by Crossroads of the American Revolution NHA.

Plus, you can enter a contest to be the lucky fan chosen to take to the field with Mott’s Artillery as it fires its replica Revolutionary War cannon at the conclusion of the game! Stop by the Crossroads of the American Revolution table on the concourse to enter the drawing, and listen for the winning name during the seventh inning stretch. Fans must be 12 years or older to enter, and anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The contest winner must follow all safety instructions from Mott’s Artillery and will not touch or fire the cannon. Thanks to Mott’s Artillery for sponsoring this amazing Revolutionary experience.

The family fun begins at 5:30pm and the game starts at 7:05pm.

There will also be post-game Fireworks!

Tickets for the game are available through the Somerset Patriots website www.somersetpatriots.com, or by calling (908) 252-0700.

https://revolutionarynj.org/event/crossroads-revolutionary-spirit-night-3/

Crossroads of the American Revolution and The Somerset Patriots to co-host 4th Annual Revolutionary Spirit Night! Get ready to immerse yourself in the year 1777! On Saturday, June 8, Revolutionary Spirit Night will transport fans back in time to when TD Bank Ballpark wasn’t the home field of the S...

05/10/2019

Stacy just returned from presenting "Soldiers Without Guns: Women Defense Workers of WWII" at the Raritan Public Library, which features displays related to WWII hero John Basilone. Great way to celebrate the 74th anniversary of V-E Day.(which was the previous day.)

The Shannachie of Glendunbun Ballybeg's (David Emerson) upcoming schedule in honor of St. Patrick:This past Sunday, Dave...
03/12/2019

The Shannachie of Glendunbun Ballybeg's (David Emerson) upcoming schedule in honor of St. Patrick:

This past Sunday, Dave kicked off his public Celtic Tales schedule to a full house at the Franklin Township Library in Somerset. [Registration was full in advance, so we did not list this appearance beforehand.]

Below are four additional opportunities around the State to feel the spirit of old Ireland:

March 13, 2019 – 6:30pm. “The Shannachie of Glendunbun Ballybeg: Traditional Celtic Tales,” Gloucester County Library, Swedesboro Branch, 1442 Kings Hwy, Swedesboro, NJ. Sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Public Scholars Project. Free.

March 14, 2019 – 7pm. “The Shannachie of Glendunbun Ballybeg: Traditional Celtic Tales,” Summit Free Public Library, 75 Maple St., Summit, NJ. Sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Public Scholars Project. Free.

March 18, 2019 – 1pm. “The Shannachie of Glendunbun Ballybeg: Traditional Celtic Tales,” Ridgewood Public Library, 125 North Maple Ave., Ridgewood, NJ. Sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Public Scholars Project. Free.

March 19, 2019 – 1:30pm. “The Shannachie of Glendunbun Ballybeg: Traditional Celtic Tales,” Allentown First Aid Squad Building, [Brandeis National Committee, Tri-County Chapter], 70 Walker Ave., Allentown, NJ. Sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Public Scholars Project. Free.

TONIGHT!February 25, 2019 – 7pm. “George Washington Remembers New Jersey.” Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Mo...
02/25/2019

TONIGHT!

February 25, 2019 – 7pm. “George Washington Remembers New Jersey.” Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown, NJ. Sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Public Scholars Project. Free.

February is always a busy time for a George Washington interpreter, especially one as knowledgeable as Dave! He has a nu...
02/09/2019

February is always a busy time for a George Washington interpreter, especially one as knowledgeable as Dave! He has a number of appearances on the immediate horizon:

February 11, 2019 – 7pm. “George Washington Remembers New Jersey.” Clark Public Library, 303 Westfield Ave., Clark, NJ. Sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Public Scholars Project. Free.

February 13, 2019 – 7pm. “George Washington Remembers New Jersey.” Margaret E. Heggan Free Public Library, 606 Delsea Drive, Sewell, NJ. Sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Public Scholars Project. Free.

February 15, 2019 – 7pm. “George Washington Remembers New Jersey.” Trailside Nature Center, 452 New Providence Road, New Providence, NJ. Sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Public Scholars Project. Free.

February 16, 2019 – 2pm. “The Shannachie of Glendunbun Ballybeg” (Celtic Stories). Indian King Tavern Museum, 233 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ.

February 17, 2019 – 3pm. “George Washington Remembers New Jersey.” Private luncheon program, Hillsborough, NJ.

February 25, 2019 – 7pm. “George Washington Remembers New Jersey.” Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown, NJ. Sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Public Scholars Project. Free.

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