Monday, June 6, 2011
The Battle of Newtown - This Summer
A combination of bad internet connections, overwork, and old-fashioned hot weather laziness has stifled the blog a bit, but not for long. One item that I'd been waiting for confirmation of was the reopening of the Newtown Battlefield this summer. Unfortunately, the Memorial Day Civil War event did not take place this year, but the annual re-enactment of the Revolutionary War event will happen in August. Although I have always been a bit ambivalent about "living history" events, they are one of the primary venues for the general public to engage with history and the social sciences. The Battle of Newtown is of particular interest to me, as it was a seminal event in the population history of the Euroamerican settlement of Chemung County, NY.