Civil War reenactors Paul and Denise Bourget will present Making History Alive: The Work of Historical Reenactors. Living historians and reenactors do not simply buy and wear costumes that resemble the period. Reenacting requires a great deal of research, dedication, and hard work, particularly when returning to one of the country’s most difficult periods.
Admission to the Valley Talk is free, but registration is required. Guests can register online here.
Paul Bourget, CPA, is the owner of Bourget & Associates, with more than 45 years of public accounting and consulting experience. He was the editor, researcher, and co-writer of Towers of Faith and Family, a history of Woonsocket’s St. Ann’s parish, and was the founding president of St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center. He currently serves as the Past President of the Museum of Work & Culture’s Preservation Foundation, Trustee of the RIC Foundation, Past Grand Knight of the Woonsocket Council 113 of the Knights of Columbus, and Chairman of the Woonsocket School Committee. Paul and his wife Denise live in Woonsocket, RI.
Bourget is an avid American Civil War enthusiast. As a member of the Federal Generals Corps, based in Pennsylvania, Bourget has been an active living historian, portraying Bvt. Major General George Sears Greene for the past 13 years at many major reenactments. While portraying General Greene, Bourget has given presentations on various aspects of the Civil War at various schools, colleges, museums, and historical societies.
Other Valley Talks will include:
March 3: Historian Pierre Lavoie takes a fresh look at how early 20th-century Francophone celebrities helped shape the collective identities of Francophones in Quebec and New England.
The Museum’s 2024 Valley Talks series is presented by Amica Insurance, with additional support from the Museum of Work & Culture Preservation Foundation and the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park.