Evacuation (Black Fri)Day

Yo waddup my peasants? It’s ur gurl with another post this week. I know, I’m spoiling you!

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I uploaded a blog post I had been saving last week and was waiting on a few photos so it got delayed, but now I can finally tell you guys what went down last weekend. I literally have no breaks, there’s always something happening. The busy season is fast approaching which means tons and tons of Christmas concerts!

So last weekend, I went to Federal Hall with the Hearts of Oak to Federal Hall to commemorate Evacuation Day, which usually falls on Black Friday so I didn’t get any shopping done in stores. That’s okay, though, since I was doing what I love: talking to the public about history wearing ridiculous outfits!

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Photo by Cathy Dennis “May the odds be ever in your favor, peasants!”

Evacuation Day was once a big holiday in New York because on November 25th of 1783, the last of the British army put everything in a box to the left and– well– evacuated leaving General Knox to clean up their mess and to welcome General Washington into Manhattan. The British were salty af, so they left behind several little presents for the Americans to clean up, including greased flagpoles with British flags still atop, so the Americans sorta turned it into a challenge/game/whatever until one sailor climbed atop with wooden cleats and removed the flag… And there was much rejoicing for the next several days.

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After the first one, Evacuation Day became a massive holiday where people would throw massive parties, raise flags, and partied pretty hard. The massive spending on this holiday had to even be capped in 1809 and as we approached the middle of the 19th century, the holiday’s influence waned as more and more of the original witnesses died off. The enthusiasm and budget for Evacuation Day was eventually replaced with Thanksgiving, but it still remained fairly popular in New York until 1883 when the centennial finally gave the day its last hurrah before it fizzled out.

To commemorate Evacuation Day at Federal Hall, the Hearts of Oak appeared in full force to remind people of New York’s role in the Revolution. They braved the cold weather and marched through the financial district with fife and drum.

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Photo by Cathy Dennis
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Photo by Cathy Dennis
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Photo by Cathy Dennis. The ants go marching one by one Hurrah, hurrah…

While they were out in the cold doing men things, I was overlooking the balcony ready to address the peasants and tell them that the blue hair isn’t a phase!

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Photo by Lindsey Loves History. I feel like I truly embrace being a villain in this pic.
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Photo by Lindsey Loves History “when will they understand that the blue hair isn’t a phase!?”

Once they thawed out, we did a presentation on the Hearts of Oak; they drilled while I provided my stellar commentary– and when I say “stellar,” I mean “dumb girl who actually knows what she’s talking about” commentary.

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Photo by Andrea Torres Macscott. #baewatch
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Photo by Andrea Torres Macsott
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Photo by Andrea Torres Macscott
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Photo by Andrea Torres MacScott

Anyway, short post is short, I just wanted to get it out so that I can remain up to date on my blog. I don’t want to fall behind because I have so many ideas and not enough time to write about them!! I have a gown to make for Kelly I’ll be blogging about, an 1865 dress, and a jacket I’m working on, so hopefully I can blog about those sooner rather than later. Okay, I’m out peasants! I love you!

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