This provides details on my work on PBS project in “experiential history.” To see the stringent rules under which we had to live, explore The Laws. For background on the overall project, About the Series is the place to go.
On the Colony, Danny is a freeman; as the oldest freeman, he is head of the freemen’s household.
Photo of the entire male crew learning to row (I’m in the back center rowing my heart out):
Training to row with the guys on the Colonial House team.
The Colonial House cast training in Plymouth before we all went Colonial.
A few weeks after we landed in Machias, Maine.
My Story line
Danny is a single man from Bristol, a sailor who has traveled throughout much of the known world. When in Bristol, he captivates and inspires large crowds of adults and children alike, as he tells his stories of the distant lands and wonders he has seen. Some of these tales have even been written down and published by a local printer.
On the ship looking at what I’m leaving behind.
The Freeman, The minster and a family member.
Styling and profiling Colonial House style.
Shipboard life can be hard work, but it gives Dan a chance to fulfill his quest for knowledge and adventure. On board, he has learned a variety of skills, including drawing and map making. This may prove useful, as he will be able to improve upon the few existing maps of the Colony. He has sailed to Virginia and New England before, so he has been recruited in the hope that his knowledge will be useful.
“As I expected, the project solidified my love for this country, as a American of African descent whose ancestors shed their blood in this soil for a better life for me. It also confirmed my appreciation of the ideals for the men and women who were here originally and who came from other lands to create this great diamond in the rough that we have today. I better understand that democracy is not guaranteed, and that my participation is required to keep and enhance it; for me this is one of the greatest gifts of the project.”
Here’s an audio listen of Danny Tisdale stressing the importance of paying back the Company here.
Danny is available for special Colonial House presentations and can be contacted here.