One of the most rewarding things that I do as a historical fiction author is speak about the Revolutionary War in elementary and middle school classrooms. It gives me the opportunity to connect with kids on a personal level and then tell them about my books. I present a program called “Revolutionary War in a Trunk,” and at the end dress a couple of students in period clothing.
Today I had the privilege to join four of my SAR Compatriots at our local Intermediate School (5th grade). We spoke to about a hundred students and their teacher generously agreed to send home order forms for my student books.
I sold a couple of books, and definitely had some more interest from other students. There’s nothing quite like making that personal connection.
Here is a snapshot of me with one of the students.
This past Saturday author Geoff Baggett served at the Master of Ceremonies at the Sons of the American Revolution “Patriot’s Day” celebration in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Over fifty men of the SAR joined together to commemorate the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord … the “shot heard round the world,” … and to honor the seventy-one Patriots named on the commemorative monolith at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West.
Here’s a photo of Geoff beside the monument … he’s sporting his brand new Continental Army uniform in the French “lottery coat” style. This uniform is in honor of his 5th Great-Grandfather, Richard Priddy, who was Quartermaster Sergeant for the 1st Virginia Regiment at Valley Forge. He received one of these beautiful French-made coats in the Spring of 1778 while on duty at Valley Forge.