I started this blog as part of my research to understand the essentials of living in the colonial period in the Southern Backcountry. I am especially interested in food and its production and use in this region among all groups: Native American, African, and European.
I am going to conduct historical and hands-on research and write on topics I want to understand better in order to interpret this area to others in living history demonstrations & reenactments.
I have always been interested in history. I am currently a student in the Museum Management Certificate Program at the University of South Carolina. I have my BA in history from Clemson University and my MA in history from Winthrop University. My thesis topic for my MA was Governor James Glen and his relations with the Cherokee Indians.
I recently took a trip to the Booth Western Art Museum. It is a spectacular little jewel of an art museum in Cartersville, Georgia. It is the second largest art museum in the state of Georgia behind the High Museum in Atlanta. It has works of art and sculpture from some of the most famous artists who have depicted the American West. There are paintings and sculptures from such famous artists as George Catlin, Albert Bierstadt, Charles Russell, Fredrick Remington, and Thomas Moran on display there. There is also a section devoted to Civil War and Presidential paintings and portraits. Another section is devoted to poster art created for Western movies. Modern contemporary Western art, scupture, and Native American art and artifacts are also on display.
This museum is the only one of its kind in the South. It is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. If you are traveling to Atlanta some time soon, check it out. It is only about 45 minutes away and it really is a treat be able to see the West in the South.