Meet the Past at Living History Performance
Texarkana, USA – Join the Texarkana Museums System in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I with a special event at the P. J. Ahern Home beginning at 1 p.m. on April 22. Admission is free, but seating is limited.
“The Great War: American Soldiers, Tactics, and Technology” is a living history performance depicting the experiences of Arkansas’s “Doughboys” during World War I. This presentation will be enacted by veteran living historian Lt. Col. Kent J. Goff, founder and president of the Mississippi Valley Educational Programs. Colonel Goff is eminently qualified to perform this role as he graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with the class of 1987, later graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College, and then earned a master’s degree in history from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. What, one may ask, is living history?
“Living history is the art of teaching history through the detailed knowledge and skills of an interpreter who takes on the role of a historical character,” explains historian Dr. Thomas W. Cutrer, a member of the Texarkana Museums System Board of Directors. “The living historian, like any other actor, takes on the complete persona of his subject, expressing the political, social, economic, and religious views of his subject, thus making learning enjoyable and entertaining.”
Items from the Texarkana Museums System’s military collections will also be on display during the event. Uniforms, gear, photographs, and documents all pertaining to World War I soldiers from the ArkLaTex will be on display during and after the event. Visitors can view the items as part of the special living history event or may view them as part of a regular guided tour of the Ahern Home. Tour times are Tuesday-Saturday: 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:25 p.m. Sunday: 2:30 p.m. and 4:25 p.m.
This interactive event begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 at the P. J. Ahern Home, 403 Laurel Street, Texarkana, Arkansas. Event admission is free. Tours of the P. J. Ahern Home are $5 per person. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, visit us on Facebook or call 903-793-4831