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a dilema

Fri Nov 15, 2013 05:49

Guys - as an "aging" reenactor and historian, I am facing one of life's quandaries, I have lots of fun green stuff, but am finding less time to show it off, and less energy to invest in the shows. It sucks, and that takes the fun out of what has been a great hobby.

My primary focus has always been on the 10th Mountain Division in all of it's aspects. I came into it through the weapons (like so many of us) and got into the medical side because there were some specialized Mountain items for the medical troops. And because of my prior vocation, I have always had a fondness for the Chaplains corps. Unfortunately, I cannot be all or do all any longer. So here is my quandary...

Do I divest myself of my medical collection - which has grown into a Bn Aid Station in size - and give up what has been a fun and interesting side trip? Do I dispense with the Chaplain's gear, even though it has been a special part of my work over the years? Do I cut back on the Mountain stuff, which is how I am best known in the outside world? Do I peddle off the weapons, which is the piece that brought me into the hobby in the first place? I can no longer do it all. I have sold my cargo van, so I must make some decisions in the coming months...

For those of you who have done something similar, please share your thoughts & regrets.

Dave
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Re: a dilema

Fri Nov 15, 2013 19:51

Hi Dave,

In my humble point of view I do not see why aging should cut you from what have been and still are your passions for years.

You're best known as a "mountain" specialist, as the pillar of your interests is there a different way -than shows or reenacting- through which you can share information and knowledge with the young or less young collectors ? I think about an Internet site showing items, equipments and any other data about the Tenth Mountain Division in WW2. You've been the webmaster of the association, you certainly have the knowledge to create such a site. I think this will be a great fun !

Talking about reenacting, it is perhaps possible to make your "age" and passion going together with Chaplain reenacting ?

This is a bit difficult to talk about your questioning from miles away and not knowing you well, anayway I stay available as I'm sure many here will be.

Carry on ! I'm sure you have still plenty to offer :wink:

Regards
Fred

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Re: a dilema

Thu Nov 28, 2013 18:10

Fred et al

Thanks for the comments. With a new medic in my neck of the woods, I think I will focus on making my Bn Aid Station into a loan-able exhibit that others can borrow - this should keep it in use (which is my ultimate goal). I'm going to finish the restoration of the med chests, then will see if I can fund a trailer to haul it all. It should get more use if it can be quickly hauled & set up. In the process, I'll document what I own & share with the forum.

I think I'll maintain the Chaplain's exhibit as my personal mission, and can set up with the Aid Station or on it's own. It's distinctive and lets me keep my ties to my calling. I'm lucky as I get to help the Chaplain's school with exhibits and history stuff. It's small enough to keep.

The Mountain stuff has to stay as well, as I have so many ties there, but I am going to thin down this collection significantly. The regular GI stuff will have to go away, unless it supports one of the above displays - so I guess I need to start sorting green stuff.

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David J. Little

President, Tenth Mountain Division Living History Display Group
Secretary, Tenth Mountain Division Foundation
Board Member, Tenth Mountain Resource Center
Past Webmaster, National Association of the Tenth Mountain Division

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