Parson John Living History

Remember the people from whom you came.

Ongoing Character Demonstrations

First Person Presentations

Bound for Passage
The story of an Indentured Servant

Forced from her homeland of Ireland, Maggie Delaney, along with her husband and children, came to the American colonies as an Indentured Servant hoping to find a better life. Instead, she found sorrow and hardship as human property forced to serve whatever master bought her. Listen as Maggie shares her tale that reveals how thousands of our ancestors came to America in the 17th and 18th centuries.

This presentation is 55 minutes plus a Q&A time.
Teach Us To Number Our Days
The Art of Funerals and Mourning from 1760- 1820

The Dowager Baroness, Lady Caroline Linnington, will tell us the proper way in which mourning and funerals were done during her time. Would you contact an undertaker, a funeral furnisher, or a feather furnisher? Whom do you invite to the funeral? What funeral gifts should you purchase? Her Ladyship will explain the bier vs. the hearse, the proper pall, the arvil bread, the funeral cake or cookies, the mutes, the underbearers, and more. She will also address the proper mourning clothing and jewelry you should be wearing and the length of time you should wear it. At the conclusion of the program, everyone present should be able to lay out an elegant and proper send off for their dearly beloved.

This presentation is 55 minutes, plus Q&A time
Body Snatchers, Medicine, and Business...
The Resurrectionists of England and Colonial America

The Widow Delaney has joined up with Ould Badger, the leader of one of the underground gangs that is supplying doctors and medical schools with the cadavers necessary for their studies. Unfortunately, the group is short one man and they are recruiting to fill that position! Maggie, with the help of Badger will explain the Resurrectionists: who they were and why it was necessary for their services. She will also relate her work as a Professional Mourner and her little side business of selling teeth and hair. Ould Badger will bring the equipment and tools that are needed as the gang goes about their nocturnal business, but be careful not to tell! You may the next one to visit the doctor one night!

This presentation is approximately 45 minutes, plus Q&A time
Another Man’s Property
Indentured Servitude in the Colonies

The Indentured Servant, Maggie Delaney, will give an interactive presentation that delves deeper into the facts and fallacies of Indentured Servants and their role in the foundation of our country. Who were the indentured and where did they come from? Was there more than one type of indenture? How long did indentured servitude last?

This presentation is 30-45 minutes plus Q&A.
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