Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The Ultimate Research
I've always thought it would be so interesting to go back and live for a while in a time period like the 1880 on the prairie or in Jane Austen's England or the like.
Now I can, sort of.
I don't get a PBS station, so I'm just learning about the House series that PBS did 2002-2004. I'm renting them through Netflix and finding them to be very interesting. They put modern people into life as closely as the producers can replicate it on frontier Montana, in an Edwardian manor house, in a Regency home, and in a Colonial American house. It is interesting to see how people will adapt, but even better to see the antiques and old practices put to use in a real way. There is so much a writer can learn from it.
I suppose you might find an authentic sod house or cabin to rent and live in for a while, but it would require a lot of work to surround yourself with only the items for living that would have been available to people of a historical time period.
Have you followed this series?
I guess there are some other ways to put yourself into historical research. Has anyone ever done a wagon train excursion trip? What about a cattle drive on a dude ranch?
Are there other similar research tools I'm missing out on?
Editor Du Jour Becky