Since I was a child, I have always been fascinated by living history. I remember being little (the 90s) and thinking it was so cool how people got to dress up as characters from the past and bring history to life. I remember going to Civil War era and turn of the 20th century living histories the most. One of my all time favorites was to a Civil War village where they told my (still) favorite ghost story: the hitchhiking ghost girl. Now as an adult who has been exploring living history the last few days, I got to thinking about living history in 80 years or so. How will they represent the late 1900s and early 2000s?
The first thing I imagine in “Future History” is museums dedicated to the evolution of portable technology. I can see it now! Welcome to the Apple Oasis: A Salute to Tablets and Phones! Another thing I imagine is the costumes of the living history characters. They won’t be in fancy dress like our current living history folks; they will be in Converse, mom jeans, and crop tops! And their hair will be all the colors of the rainbow instead of hidden under a bonnet! Additionally, in “Future History” they will talk about “when cars used fuel and had to be driven by a person”. In fact, people might pay to drive a car themselves! Finally, I imagine a lot of “Future History” being virtual reality as opposed to actually visiting places. While I enjoy going and viewing history in person, I’m sure there are just as many who like to view it on a screen from their own home! No matter what happens, I’m sure “Future History” will be interesting!
Do you enjoy living history? What do you think about “Future History”?
The Great Kaysby