The Life & Opinions of Taylor Stoermer

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The quality of @brooksbrothers endures: a Civil War, Union infantry officer’s coat in the @huguenotstreet collections. (at Historic Huguenot Street)

The quality of @brooksbrothers endures: a Civil War, Union infantry officer’s coat in the @huguenotstreet collections. (at Historic Huguenot Street)

The result of having seen #DeadPoetsSociety one too many times, methinks. #thepowerfulplaygoeson #waltwhitman #publichistory #history #glam #museums (at Historic Huguenot Street)

The result of having seen #DeadPoetsSociety one too many times, methinks. #thepowerfulplaygoeson #waltwhitman #publichistory #history #glam #museums (at Historic Huguenot Street)

Here’s looking at you, kid. The gravestone of Louis Bevier in the cemetery of one of the oldest churches in Ulster County, NY.  A Huguenot legatee in the midst of Dutch descendants, Louis died in September 1772, the subject of a British king. (at Marbletown, NY)

Here’s looking at you, kid. The gravestone of Louis Bevier in the cemetery of one of the oldest churches in Ulster County, NY. A Huguenot legatee in the midst of Dutch descendants, Louis died in September 1772, the subject of a British king. (at Marbletown, NY)

18th-century Bevier house. Home to the Ulster County Historical Society, in Marbletown, NY. #hrv #museums  (at Marbletown, NY)

18th-century Bevier house. Home to the Ulster County Historical Society, in Marbletown, NY. #hrv #museums (at Marbletown, NY)

Hanging in my new office: A charming painting of Historic Huguenot Street, ca1978. (at Historic Huguenot Street)

Hanging in my new office: A charming painting of Historic Huguenot Street, ca1978. (at Historic Huguenot Street)

Such a useful book for novice and experienced history writers alike, I bought a copy for every one of my students a few years ago.

Such a useful book for novice and experienced history writers alike, I bought a copy for every one of my students a few years ago.

George Washington, the Comte de Grasse, and I having an informal (and kind of quiet) confab as I bid farewell to Yorktown. (at Riverwalk Landing)

George Washington, the Comte de Grasse, and I having an informal (and kind of quiet) confab as I bid farewell to Yorktown. (at Riverwalk Landing)

17th-century London street? Only sort of. It’s the museum at Jamestown Settlement’s attempt to create an immersive experience when challenged by a weak artifact collection (IMHO—lots of period stuff does not equal a coherent collection) but buoyed by imagination and solid history. It works to frame the guest experience, so when they get to the recreated Indian and English villages, they have a context for interaction. Lots to learn about public history practice here. (at Jamestown Settlement)

17th-century London street? Only sort of. It’s the museum at Jamestown Settlement’s attempt to create an immersive experience when challenged by a weak artifact collection (IMHO—lots of period stuff does not equal a coherent collection) but buoyed by imagination and solid history. It works to frame the guest experience, so when they get to the recreated Indian and English villages, they have a context for interaction. Lots to learn about public history practice here. (at Jamestown Settlement)

No, doesn’t look a whole lot like Christmas @colonialwmsburg but the Randolph ducks seem just fine in the rain in front of Providence Hall.    (at Providence hall)

No, doesn’t look a whole lot like Christmas @colonialwmsburg but the Randolph ducks seem just fine in the rain in front of Providence Hall. (at Providence hall)

The most interesting wreath I’ve had on my door in three years of Williamsburg Christmas decorations.  Therefore, it is no coincidence—and should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me—that I had absolutely nothing to do with it. (at The Nelson-Galt Office)

The most interesting wreath I’ve had on my door in three years of Williamsburg Christmas decorations. Therefore, it is no coincidence—and should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me—that I had absolutely nothing to do with it. (at The Nelson-Galt Office)