My family and I recently went to Pennsylvania to the Strasburg Railroad and Train Museum. We had a grand time riding the train and walking through the museum. It also happened to be the same day as thier annual World War 2 reenactment called the Trains and Troops event. I was ex-tactic when I found this out!!!! :) Apparently this event is held every year the first weekend in November. I definitely plan on attending again next year decked out in 40's attire. I did not bring my homemade 40's swing dress to wear, but I was wearing an 80's dress that mimicked the 40's silhouette So that was good and exciting to look a little bit the part. :)
|Troops and civilians alike walked around the museum and rode on the trains in real authentic steam engine locomotives.|
|Inside the museum there were various reenacting groups set up with different jeeps and period weapons/40's everyday items like radio's and wearing authentic uniforms and civilian attire.|
|One of the many steam engines in the museum.|
|Women talking about different scarves,masks, and hats made for te troops during the war.|
They even had this period radio above playing swing music! It made me want to start dancing with my imaginary guy friends. ;)
|All of the period gloves, hat, masks, and scarves ladies made during the war.|
|I loved all the antique luggage. It makes me happy for some reason! :)|
They had uniforms, weapons, and other memorabilia for different wars, such as Vietnam, Korea, and Desert Shield Desert Storm, and World War 2.
Above you can see a uniform display for Desert Shield Desert Storm, which was occurring the year I was born and my Daddy was doing his duty overseas in that war. He was able to come home and be with my Mom when I was born, but then he had to go back right away. I am thankful for his service to his country and to the many men and women who have done the same. They all have a special place in my heart and life and I will always have the utmost respect for the military.
A Veteran above is telling these children about his service during the war. I guess I should have gone up to him and asked him about his table. I was very glad he was there telling the next generation about his life though.
There were World war 2 and even Civil War reenactors inside the museum telling about the different wars. It was fascinating to be on the other side of things as a spectator and not a reenactor. :) I loved it! But I miss being on the other side of the fence as a reenactor, next month I will be reenacting again. I can't wait!
We were able to walk on the walkway above the museum and see everything from up top. It was a cool perspective for pictures.
I talked with one of these lovely ladies from the Paper Dolls Womens Unit. I am excited to contact them and maybe start doing ladies world war 2 events. I am so so excited! I still can't believe it was by providence we happened to be in town the same weekend of the World War 2 event. I squealed with glee when I found out! :)
Last but not least, a group came to the event with a tractor trailer that they have turned into a woman's 1940's city apartment on wheels. So they had a little kitchen, bed room, bath room, and parlor all set up like in the 40's. It was pretty amazing! I loved meeting the women from the group and talking with them as well. I met Elisabeth below after she stopped me and introduced herself in the museum. She said she has been a reader for a while and recognized me from my blog. It made my day for sure! :) A shout out to you Elisabeth for being brave and starting the conversation. I definitely wanted to talk to you and your friends and I am so glad I got to. :)
Oh and a side note, fine if you don't like me anymore or don't want to read my blog because of this picture, but hey I like it. :)