Join the Northwest Colonial Reenactors Association
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Welcome to the NCRA,
The NCRA welcomes interested families and individuals. We attempt to recreate authentic personnas of the colonial period as accurately as possible.
Contact Treasurer; Hilda Tjoelker, 360-988-0404, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Full members have a voice in association matters and can hold office.
Frequently Asked Membership Questions
What is the NCRA all about?
The NCRA is recreated by a group of dedicated historians with a love of history who which to represent the life and times of the common man as accurately as possible. The association recreates the entire Revolutionary War scene for members of the public through encampments, battlefield reenactments, self education, immersion, and preservation events.
Where are you located or headquartered? Do you have meetings?
The majority of the associations membership is spread all over Washington State, Oregon, and Idaho. We have our annual meeting and election of officers at the "Colonial Encampment" each year, normally held south of Olympia Washington.
What type of activities do you participate in?
•Educational: "Professional development" for living history interpreters. These events are focused on educating us as interpreters, rather than the general public. They often take the form of workshops, "schools", firelock shoots, and authenticity contests.
•Immersion: These are non-public events held in areas that are as free of modern intrusion as possible and complete use of "first person" is expected. Picket posts, marches, encampments, and winter quarters are just a few examples of the types of scenarios these events encompass.
How do I get outfitted? How much does it cost?
Uniforms and equipment were made by hand in the 18th century and fitted by regimental tailors to be "tight without constraint". For those with a some skill with a needle, or at least the willingness to try, patterns and material lists are also available to make your own clothing and equipment. A good kit takes a year or more to piece together, and it is something we all consistently tweak over the years. Costs vary, depending on how much you are able to do on your own and how much you pay someone else to do for you. Recruits should expect to eventually spend about $1,500 within the first two years of joining getting everything they need. This is not inexpensive, but recognize that most of this cost is associated with the purchase of a $700 musket, and virtually all the expenses come only in the initial "start up".
Who can join? Are there any age requirements?
The NCRA welcomes all units and individuals. To carry a musket a member must be 14 years of age. For reasons of safety, no one under 12 years of age is allowed on the field as a "combatant". Women and children often followed the armies for protection or out of entrepreneurial desires.
Are there minimum participation requirements? Membership is open to all regardless of gender, religion, or ethnic background. Minor children must have a responsible adult sponsor who is a member in good standing in the Regiment, and who will assume responsibility for that minor at events.
Members will select a persona and acquire clothing and equipment from the apparel and equipment list as appropriate for the member’s chosen persona. All members are required to follow the established guidelines for equipment and clothing. Clothing and equipment should reflect that which was the norm for that period and region.