Abigail by Gail : A Colonial Experience

Abigail Brings the Trail of Freedom to You ©

Abigail is pleased to bring colonial Boston to you. Learn about the historic sites along the Trail of Freedom: Boston Common to Bunker Hill. Gain detailed insight into famous patriots, townspeople, and events that were integral in shaping America. By using real experiences of Abigail and her family, who are personally associated with most sites on the freedom trail, individuals will have a very personal, educational, and engaging experience. Enjoy a trip down the Trail of Freedom without leaving home!

The Hearth of the Home: Colonial Style ©

Discover how important the hearth was in a colonial home. Learn what cookware Abigail used, and where it came from. Learn about what was produced on the farm and how food was preserved and stored to feed a family all year long. In this hands-on session, participants are encouraged to assist in making an authentic colonial bread, using an authentic recipe, utensils, cookware, and proper methods. Please notify us of any food allergies at the time of booking this program.

Music of Colonial New England: Bay Psalm Book to Regimental Ball ©

Abigail engages the audience in learning how music developed from the settlement of Plymouth throughout colonial New England. Find out how songs, composers, and entertainment were an integral part of living in the 18th century. Using your piano or keyboard, Abigail will share a variety of authentic selections and knowledge about pianofortes. Discover the role of the fife and drum, sing authentic songs, and learn the etiquette and steps of colonial dances from barn to ball! 

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Colonial Life for the 18th Century Family:

The Tools of Survival ©

In this session, learn about how a colonial family provided for their basic needs. Using primary sources like the family probate inventory, learn about which items were important for survival and how they were made. Audience members are encouraged to explore reproduced artifacts, just like those which were a part of everyday life. How important were craftsmen and imported goods? Find out the answers to these questions and so much more in this interactive program!

Abigail Whitney Invites You for Tea ©

Join Abigail in an afternoon of tea and colonial conversation. Learn about when tea was discovered. Using a tea service similar to Abigail's, investigate why tea was so important on an economical, political, and social level in 18th century New England. This program can conclude with a cup of tea and a sweet.

Programs

Abigail by Gail: A Colonial Experience offers Educational Programs which cover a variety of subjects in colonial history. Each Program is one hour in length, and based on authentic primary source documentation. Programs are performed at your setting, both visual and tactile, and include the opportunity for audience members to participate, comment, and ask questions. Gail performs in handmade clothing suitable for the topic, describes how her ensemble was made, and why it would be worn for the occasion. Choose from the following topics:

Abigail Whitney and Family: Eye-Witness to the Events of April 19, 1775 ©
Colonial Life for the 18th Century Family: The Tools of Survival ©
The Hearth of the Home: Colonial Style ©
Music of Colonial New England: Bay Psalm Book to Regimental Ball ©
Abigail Whitney Invites You for Tea ©
Abigail Brings the Trail of Freedom to You ©

Abigail Whitney and Family:

Eyewitness to the Events of April 19, 1775 ©

Abigail Whitney and her family witnessed British soldiers march by their home on the Bay Road in Concord, Massachusetts, in search of ammunition and supplies early in the morning on the 19th of April 1775. How would you feel and what would you do if you had been there? Learn how the men, women, militia, and fife and drum of Concord and surrounding towns played a key role that infamous day. Abigail remained strong but worried as her husband was with fellow patriots at Concord’s North Bridge and one of her children went missing. Hear about Abigail’s adventures that day to keep her children safe, why the soldiers were particularly interested in searching her home, and what the outcome was for the family, the town of Concord, and the nation.

Abigail by Gail

            Colonial life for an ordinary family living during extraordinary times.