As we move forward into 2008 we do so with much
prayer and the expectation of
this being an important preparatory year as we begin taking significant steps
forward toward "the next level" of the
We Make History vision of safe,
uplifting, family-friendly, family-based and family-focused education utilizing inspiring
aspects of our national, cultural and spiritual history.
At the beginning of 2007 the WMH Family was asked to begin
praying as we looked toward the future. 2007 was to be a year of prayer and
contemplation and so it has been. For the past several months in particular,
through prayer and "wise counsel" from persons in the financial, legal and
pastoral arenas we have received guidance and come to some clear conclusions
regarding moving forward.
A very clear and obvious direction involved "pruning and strengthening".
"Pruning" meant cutting off any activities or connections that are not central
to our mission, don't fit with our vision, do not meet our high standards or
simply don't "bear fruit" to justify the time or expense involved. It also
meant eliminating any connections - even peripheral ones - that had us
potentially "unequally yoked" to people or situations in opposition to our
values. We believe in taking "the higher road"!
"Strengthening" involved focusing on and expanding activities at the core of
the mission of We Make History, of continuing to shine a light and serve
families with historic, educational activities that are safe and
family-friendly and which actually help us to be better people, living at a
higher level in our own time. Families are at the very heart of our mission!
Just as we have "pruned off" any activities that were not up to our
standards or were not meeting our goals of
serving families in a positive environment - even so we will be ADDING new
opportunities to get out and serve and uplift families around the state - and
across the country - in a variety of ways.
Strengthening has also involved forming a new non-profit organization that
will be a better fit for us as we move into the future and into the next level
of We Make History. In 2008 we will be taking big steps forward
organizationally including fundraising and beginning to look and pray
seriously regarding potential locations for our
Center for Heritage, Education
& The Arts.
Also in 2008 we begin expansion to the East
Coast and taking a
group of fifty of the We Make History Family to
Virginia where we will
participate in the reenactment of the Battle of Chancellorsville, tour
Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown and hold the
Old Virginia Ball - our first
historic Ball on the East Coast - before pressing on to speaking engagements
and local community service.
We Make History Virginia
With the success of our "Valley Campaign", a series of
community service related educational events, we also step up to raise funds
for an "armory" of historic uniforms, clothing and accoutrements so that we
may better serve families through interactive and inspirational education.
These things will take time and our time commitment to
increase significantly. Your prayers &
support are much appreciated as we move
Our focused commitment to families and to supporting parents in positive
Exciting things are ahead!
your humble servant
to be blessed
We Make History
P.O. Box 12874
Scottsdale, AZ 85267
Lord Scott supplies
answers to Frequently Asked
Questions regarding We Make History
Q: What was the inspiration
behind founding “We Make History”?
A: The vision for We
Make History was and is rather dramatic. In an instant of time I saw the
opportunity to create and bring to reality a multi-faceted, multi-layered
vision that uniquely addressed passionate concerns while utilizing my own
background, knowledge and experience and which in time could bring great
benefit to many.
Education: To reconnect
people to their heritage; stirring up a love, interest in and awareness of
history that would translate over in meaningful positive ways into their
everyday lives, pursuits, relationships, responsibilities and view of the world around them.
Values: Giving and
Serving are not only basic Christian practices but basic Christian values as
well. We are all expected to make the best use of the gifts and talents we
have received to do some good in this world. One way for us is to support
families with wholesome, multi-generational social opportunities which would
both directly and indirectly introduce them to or further them in the social
mores, etiquette, expectations, behaviour, practices, mindset and character of
ladies and gentlemen in a context of joy, hospitality, generosity, warmth and
encouragement. (We often speak of the "We Make History Family". And so
The Higher Road: To
raise the bar on our present culture and actually impact and change our
society for the better through education, values and the restoration of better
aspects of our social heritage.
I’ve had a love of
history as long as I’ve been able to read, and experience in acting, speech
and public presentations that dates back to childhood as well. In addition I
have a long and diverse background in creating, pioneering, directing,
managing, organizing, and promoting. I very much enjoy forming an idea and crafting it into
a multifaceted work of art that will provide all the depth of beauty to be
discovered in a full immersion experience for those involved.
Put all this together with a passion to
reconnect people to our heritage, a longstanding affinity for formal social
events, enjoyment of dance, experience with fashion, knowledge of historic
clothing, study of culture, and participation and associations with living
homeschoolers, educators, dance enthusiasts and other inspirational people – and
perhaps you’ll see that for me We Make History was a natural!
Q: What's in the name?
A: “Living history” holds immense potential
as an educational tool and I believe in the unique contribution of historic dance and
other social events to help us all in learning about and thus perhaps recovering
wonderful aspects of our heritage, engendering respect, teaching good manners,
raising people to a higher cultural standard and providing wholesome
entertainment. I truly believe that by meeting the sudden and great hunger in
our society to be reconnected to their heritage and to a higher level of
culture, that by recreating history we actually have the ability to make
history, to change our society for the better. Thus "We Make History"!
Q: What sorts of activities are
We Make History provides a full and well rounded
season of historic activities each year. In a typical season we host seven
historic Balls, organize two historical reenactment events, hold historic style picnics, and
are frequently involved in seminars, workshops, dramatic portrayals, speeches, public appearances
and other educational and social activities.
A large milepost in the development of
Make History has been our annual
the first of which was held in November 2003. As a public celebration of our heritage featuring diverse military
and civilian interpretations of the people and events of American history
ranging from the Colonial era to the Vietnam era this event has quickly proven to
be an immensely successful educational tool and is already the largest multi-era living history event in The
In 2006 we began the
Battle of Winchester, a unique
full-immersion Civil War experience with all participants (both soldiers and
civilians) acting in "first-person" mode and remaining in character as
spectators are drawn into the experience as citizens of the town of Winchester,
Virginia during the Spring of
Historical reenacting groups such
as George Washington's Army,
The Society of Early America,
1The 1st Virginia Volunteer Infantry
and The 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry
have been formed by We Make History to encourage and include those who desire a positive
experience in "living history" in a family friendly context. In 2008
we have begun our "Valley Campaign" of community service in which we are taking
our living history groups "on the road" to provide interactive education for
Arizona families in their own communities.
We also begin to step forward with
our dream of building
a Center for Heritage, Education and the Arts. This facility will include a
formal historic ballroom, educational space, 18th and 19th century living
history villages with numerous buildings and exhibits, an area for hands on
agricultural history, a great open space for battle reenacting, a theatre, gift
shop and more!
During a typical year we join in supportively for a number of
cultural, social, educational, charitable and historical events and Lord Scott often receives inquiries regarding being master of ceremonies,
giving a speech or doing a dramatic portrayal for charity fundraisers, formal events, holiday
events and patriotic gatherings. Our annual 18th century picnic in Prescott is
always enjoyable as are We Make History "family gatherings," our annual
Christmas Party, outings to classical music and theatrical productions,
participation in 4th of July and Veterans' Day parades, dramatic presentations,
seminars, workshops and much, much more!
We are justly renowned for our formal
dance events and cover quite a bit of historical territory, ranging from
Elizabethan and Jacobean to
Colonial and Georgian to Regency and Victorian in the eras covered. Most focus on the dance, fashion
and culture of a specific period such as the
Prejudice Ball, Victorian
Christmas Ball or our annual Civil War
Ball. Our most elegant Grand Ball of the year is
Ball which focuses on the Baroque and Georgian periods of the 18th century.
George Washington's Birthday Ball welcomes Americans of all time
periods. Our annual summer events, the rollicking
Buccaneers' Ball and the lively Scottish oriented
Highland Ball each have their own unique flavor as well.
In the Spring of 2007 our Jamestown Ball celebrated the 400th anniversary of
the birth of America and in September of 2007 we began putting southern Arizona
on our historic dance map with the Tucson Barn Dance.
Now in 2008 We Make History expands to the East Coast with our
Old Virginia Ball - the 50th Ball
in the history of We Make History!
Over a number of seasons of love and labor we have grown these
Balls to the point that the largest involve as many as 300 people with probably three
quarters of that number in some level of historic attire. Our
We Make History
family ranges from children to seniors but at our Balls teens and twenties
make up the largest generational component. At present all planned dance events are geared toward all levels of experience but perhaps in the future
might hold a smaller event aimed at those with a desire for greater historical
depth. At such an
event we would be striving for an experience of greater immersion through
such means as required historic style clothing, historic personas and
greater attention to the details of
etiquette. Be that as it may, the main focus of
History has been and shall continue to be an inclusive one which gladly welcomes
and embraces the newcomer while providing enjoyment for the veteran as well.
Regarding the Balls....
Q: Why historic dance?
A: It is amazing and encouraging to reflect upon the comments I receive which
indicate that so much good is being accomplished for diverse people in diverse
ways through these historic dance events. I've been told of marriages
strengthened, families united and young persons inspired to seek higher
standards. Historical reenactors have an opportunity to practice their hobby and
educate others. Homeschooling families find a social activity which is
wholesome, educational and enjoyed by all ages. High school and college students
discover that history can be quite interesting and that there is something truly
appealing about the formality, grace, civility and respect which are part of an
historic Ball. Married couples who want a night out dancing together are given a positive experience which I have been told by
many has helped to strengthen relationships. Singles who enjoy dance but don't
want to be "hit on" find an atmosphere of respect and chivalry.
Historic dance gives us an opportunity to learn about the people, manners, and
thinking of the past and perhaps experience the joy of recovering aspects of our
wonderful (but often ignored or forgotten) cultural heritage. Historic dance is clean fun, good
exercise and we believe a valuable asset in learning proper attitudes toward
other ladies and gentlemen, particularly members of the opposite sex. Young (as
well as older) persons are put in a framework of looking upon the other gender
not as mere objects but as real persons worthy of grace, respect and honorable
treatment. Since historic dances were multi-generational events, they are
wonderful family activities and a good tool for connecting age groups who might
otherwise have little interaction with one another. Historic dance also gives
the opportunity for all of us to polish our manners. The pleasant, cheerful
formality of such an evening stands as an enjoyable contrast to what is often
experienced in our modern culture at large. Last but not least, historic dance
makes people happy.
If you would like to witness a room full of joyful, smiling faces attend a “We
Make History” historic Ball!
Q: Must I be an experienced dancer to attend?
A: While some among us have years of experience with various dance forms, many are novices or complete newcomers who are really enjoying the learning
process. The dances we do are mostly quite simple and easy to learn. We
typically hold a practice before each Ball and our dance masters (“callers”) do
a good job of explaining the figures (steps) throughout the evening as well.
Also keep in mind that most of what we do are simple, social (group oriented)
dances such as reels, quadrilles, circle dances, cotillions (mixers), marches
and historic American, English, Scottish and French “country dances.” We haven’t had
anyone yet who wasn’t able to join right in, and learning as a group really is a
great deal of fun!
Q: What ages may attend and join in the dancing?
A: Historically, young people began joining in adult social events such as
dances in their early teens. All ages from thirteen on up are welcome to join in
the dancing at our events. From experience we have found that our ancestors knew
what they were doing and for reasons of safety and respect for all attending we
follow their historic practice. Ten to twelve year olds may join in if they are mature enough (and of sufficient height) to confidently interact
and thus we allow such at parental discretion.
Q: Will you ever organize events specifically for younger children?
A: As mentioned, it seems that our ancestors knew what they were doing when they
generally considered the early teens as the acceptable age to begin joining in
Balls and other adult social activities. But I am looking into the possibility
of holding civility classes and then a "Children's Ball" especially for those
from six to twelve years old. The purpose would be to instruct in dance, general good manners,
dance etiquette and respect for the opposite gender. Historically, young
children from good families did receive such instruction for many years so that
when they were finally of an age (and height) to be admitted to the ballroom,
both their dancing and social skills were well polished and ready.
Q: How authentic are attendees in terms of looking like a person from another
A: We congratulate ourselves that through loving care, encouragement and sound
instruction our number of people who own historic style attire has grown over
several years from perhaps a dozen to hundreds. Some attendees have become quite knowledgeable
and have invested untold hours
and thousands of dollars to obtain extensive wardrobes with high levels of authenticity.
Others are new to reenacting and just beginning to get outfitted. (Thus we have
people from the full range of the "learning curve" and at varying degrees of
authenticity.) Some sew from copies of actual historic patterns, some from
adaptations of historic patterns and some from modern patterns with a historic
flair. Some alter modern clothing to look “historic.” Some have clothing made by
businesses or seamstresses who are skilled with historic reproductions. Some
rent costumes. Some come in modern attire, tuxes or suits and ties for gentlemen
and evening gowns or “prom dresses” for ladies. Many first attended in modern clothing
or rented costumes, thoroughly enjoyed themselves and have been inspired
to become more authentic since. All of these are welcome!
Note: Modern casual wear is inappropriate. Those dressing in modern clothing
should choose formal or at least semi-formal evening attire.
Q: Where does everyone obtain their
beautiful historic attire?
This is one of the questions we are
most commonly asked. When we first began holding historic balls there weren't
more than a few of us who possessed historic attire. But we have been blessed to
help literally hundreds of people onto the path of the deeper experience of
history that comes through learning about and wearing appropriate historic
fashions. Those in modern formal attire - though welcome - are now a distinct
minority as so many enjoy being part of a beautiful historic assembly.
But for their first Ball or two many do
arrive in modern evening wear or in rented costumes. That is fine. And there are
costume shops we can recommend for the neophyte. But most move on to owning
their own historic reproduction attire - whether made themselves or purchased
from quality suppliers. We hold workshops from time to time to teach historic
fashion and have some very helpful articles posted on our website which mat be
accessed from the We Make History
main page. At these workshops we discuss appropriate fashions for different
people in different roles at different times, go into background information as
to various influences on the fashions of different periods and also discuss very
practical matters such as the best patterns for certain items and helpful sewing
tips. Twice per year we also hold an "historic fabric tour" where we take a
group on a tour of fabric history and discuss the best uses of various fabrics
available today for use in historical contexts and applications relating to
Q: Why must those in modern attire be
dressed at a formal or semi-formal level in order to attend?
A: There are several reasons for this and
they are important to us. (1) An historic ball is a beautiful spectacle with many
people resplendent in gorgeous period attire which they have made considerable
investment in. To put someone in the midst in modern casual attire is
unpleasant, disrespectful, jarring to the eye and disturbing to the beauty of
the scene. (2) One of our primary motivations behind these events is to inspire
and raise people to a higher level of culture. It is our opinion that the
laissez faire attitude toward attire and appearance which has pervaded society
since the sixties has contributed to various aspects of social decline. The
clothes we wear can help to lift us (and others) up or to pull ourselves (and
others) down. We have heard from many people of all ages of their experience
that the very fact of being dressed well at the Balls and seeing others who are
the same is a major factor in inspiring an aspiration to "best behavior" and
engendering a greater respect for one's self and others. Though we occasionally
hold a more casual "Country Ball" such as the
Tucson Barn Dance, and just for fun
a creative/imaginative offering such as the
Buccaneers' Ball most of our dance events are indeed "Grand
Balls" and thus are more formal in nature.
Q: Is it necessary to portray a historic person and stay “in character” in order
A: No, it is by no means necessary though those who would like to do so are
encouraged. Those who are willing may choose a historical person to portray or
may create a character who would have been “typical” of the times. Be sure to do
your homework so that you may converse and interact “in character”. (I realize
that this could potentially create some non-historical situations (such as Grant
and Lee at the same Ball or Marie Antoinette and Josephine Bonaparte engaged in
conversation) but chalk it up to good, creative, educational fun.) Also keep in
mind that we are endeavoring to recreate pleasant social events attended by
ladies and gentlemen. While portrayals of various social and economic
backgrounds are welcome (after all President Jackson was known to have
frontiersmen in attendance at White House events and French Republicans of the
1790s weren’t always what one might term a “belle assemblée”) yet portrayals of
immoral or unethical characters such as gunslingers, prostitutes, "saloon
girls", criminals or
others who would have generally been unacceptable to decent people would be
inappropriate. The host of the event would be the final arbiter if such a case
were ever to develop.
We attract a very gracious, higher class
group of ladies and gentlemen to our events. All are
expected to behave with the manners, decorum, tastefulness, grace and gratitude
appropriate to gentility and it has been our experience so far that such has
always been the case.
However, if there were ever a circumstance when harassment, threats or other
obnoxious behavior were displayed such a person would be told to leave. The same
would apply to anyone exhibiting the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
Their use as well as the use of tobacco products is not permitted during these
cannot be worn nor may historic footwear have exposed nails. No one wants to
scratch a floor! Likewise, the
small-minded, petty person with a desire to criticize rather than uplift, to
tear down rather than build, to complain and whine rather than show thanks and
gratitude, would be best to go elsewhere. Without grace, respect and good
manners one has no claim to authenticity within the setting of an historic Ball.
Q: Have you considered extra instruction to help people get better acquainted
with historic dance and fashion?
A: Most Balls have a social hour and often some dance practice scheduled just prior to the
main event. I encourage all to take advantage of such opportunities. But we
really do tend to keep to the simpler forms of the various eras we portray and
the response I’ve gotten from many people has been something like “The dances
really turned out to be very simple to learn and we are so busy we wouldn’t have
had time to come for an extra lesson anyway.”
Occasionally we hold a "School of The Reenactor." It has been a great
success. In one workshop we focus on how to research and develop a historic
persona and in another we introduce basic acting skills and techniques. Historic
dance, period clothing, etiquette and music as well as themes such as general
historical background and culture of the era are topics which have been
Regarding Battle & Historical Reenacting....
Q: Why the reenactment of battles and
historic military life?
The answer to this is three-fold.
If done well military reenacting gives
us the opportunity to honour those who have gone before us, who sacrificed so
much to bequeath to us the heritage we share and all the blessings which come
This is in itself two-fold. We have a
focus and commitment to service, to sharing our knowledge and what we have
learned with the public. The examples go on and on of persons of all ages who
have become excited and interested in history through interacting with the
Make History family. Education is also a personal goal as we all continue to
learn of those who have gone before us and then share the knowledge gained
through our portrayals.
Learning of the noble character,
aspirations, motivations and actions of so many who went before us gives us
encouragement, tools and respect to carry forward in our day to day lives. For
men in particular battle reenacting gives a sense of standing literally shoulder
to shoulder in a common cause. The lessons of teamwork, leadership, loyalty and
commitment which we find in history can be given a greater sense of poignancy,
of reality when experienced on the "battlefield" which can translate well into
real life in the real world. In our very individualistic society We Make
History's military reenacting groups give men a rare opportunity to experience,
ponder and put some of these lessons into effect in their own lives. Personal
character development is the result.
Q: What military oriented reenacting
groups does We Make History offer?
Currently these are
George Washington's Army, the 1st Virginia Volunteer Infantry
and the new 1st Minnesota Infantry.
George Washington's Army
of the American Revolution incorporates several elements of of the American "Continental Army" including regulars of the Continental Line,
militia and riflemen. The 1st Virginia
Volunteer Infantry recreates a "gentlemen's regiment" of the War Between the
States and has traveled as far as Virginia to participate as part of the
"Stonewall Brigade" at the Battle of Manassas and to take part in
Jackson's Flank Attack at Chancellorsville. From these experiences the
1st Virginia has won national
recognition and an unprecedented award on the East Coast. The
1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry is
the newest addition to our list of in-house family-oriented reenacting groups
and recreates one of the Union's most distinguished regiments. A number of us also
in Scottish events as Jacobite forces. If interested in participating in one of
these fine groups please
Q: Are there roles for civilians as
Certainly! When representing a time
period such as the American Revolution or the War Between the States we
enthusiastically welcome and include diverse civilian representation of men,
women and children of all ages. Our civilians are not a sideshow. They are
central to our educational mission!
Q: We have heard (or experienced) that
some reenacting groups or events are either unsafe or not a wholesome
environment for families. Is this true?
Unfortunately this is sometimes true.
Most We Make History activities are "in house" and we are able to determine
and hold to high standards. But when considering involvement in "outside" events
We Make History is very
careful regarding what we participate in and who we participate with. We will
NOT compromise the safety or values of the
We Make History family. Thus there
are certain events and groups we choose not to be involved with. Period.
Attending WMH Events...
Q: Where are We Make History events located and where do people attend from?
We Make History is active throughout
Arizona and now in Virginia
as well. Our Balls are held in the Phoenix area, Prescott,
Flagstaff and Tucson. The
American Heritage Festival takes place
each year in Queen Creek, Arizona. The We Make History family attends from all
over Arizona and from many other states as well.
And ... We are now in the initial
phases of expansion to the East Coast. Say hello to
We Make History Virginia!
Q: What about attendance and passes for
We Make History events?
A: We have many times been asked how such a wonderful event can be organized and
produced and yet the price remain so low. Some have even encouraged us
to raise the prices. The answer is that the events are not done out of a profit
motive but are a labor of love with the goal of providing an enjoyable,
educational, inspirational and beneficial historic experience for all attending.
These events are designed to be memorable occasions.
We do try to keep the cost as low as possible, yet we must cover expenses and
also convey a sense of value - of presenting something special. Though these events
are not put on primarily for profit, a great deal of time and expense is invested to
create, publicize and organize an event which will be enjoyed and long
remembered. Much is
involved and invested that the public will never see nor be aware of. Expenses
need to be recouped. Our typical advance adult request for a Ball never goes higher than
twenty five dollars. For the American Heritage
Festival the cost ranges from seven to
ten dollars. Consider that a movie, popcorn and a coke at a theater can quickly add up
to near twenty dollars and perhaps you’ll understand why we think our events are an
excellent value for a tremendous and memorable experience! Nevertheless, a
person or family desiring to attend who honestly can’t afford the price won’t be
turned away if they will only contact us at least two weeks in advance so that
appropriate arrangements may be made. We also occasionally need extra volunteers
who are willing to help at an event and this is another way that something
amenable can be worked out.
(As a consequence of consulting with numerous organizers, reading email notices I
receive and scanning events listings, I have discovered that nationally, formal
historic balls (not informal practice sessions or workshops) which do not
include a dinner, have ticket donations ranging from $20.00 to $200.00. Only
very rarely are discounted prices offered for
students/children such as we do. We Make History not only offers more historic
dance events per annum than any other group, society or organization in the
country but we are welcoming, family-friendly and go to great lengths to help
educate and prepare our people. Yet withal, ours are among the most inexpensive
events in the nation though visitors from across the country have often attested
that the experience we provide is superb. I will continue in my endeavor to keep
events both high quality and affordable.
Our historic dance events are becoming more and more popular (especially among teens,
twenties and families) and often fill up – sometimes weeks in advance. The
number of passes for each Ball is limited and there are no reservations. They
are available on a first come, first serve basis. Special rates are nearly
offered to students under 21 and discounts are often available for large
families and for groups of twenty or
more who make arrangements and purchase in advance. "At door" passes (when
available) are always at a higher amount than those acquired in advance.
Q: Are any other types of events or activities being considered?
A: Yes! Another area I am beginning to consider is that of producing films
and/or larger dramatic presentations with historic themes. These could be
incredible educational tools and good, positive entertainment as well. I also
suspect that there is a great deal of untapped talent among our We Make History
family; talent that I would be very pleased
to help identify and develop.
We look forward to having you join us at an historic Ball,
historical reenactment, or other
"We Make History" historic event.
Q: How do you like white linen?
A: Very well! The finer and brighter the better.
Your friend, servant & benefactor
in a good & noble cause,
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