Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Help Light the Way: Looking for Latern Bearers for Shadows of the Past

Does history get you excited? Does historical reenactment get you even more excited!? Then come join us on Saturday, August 15 and take part in our 'Shadows of the Past' historical reenactment program.

One moment you're a hired hand working for the Longmire's, leading groups of adventurous travelers to the "healing springs" of Longmire Meadow. The next you're a seasoned park ranger, leading tourists through the woods of the new and recently established Mount Rainier National Park. Walk through nearly half a century of history as we take visitors on a travel through time (and space).

You'll help lead groups of visitors along the Trail of the Shadows, where they will come into contact with famous figures from Mount Rainier's storied past. Learn what life was like in the past from the people who lived it.

One group walk lasts about 90 minutes, and the walks start at 8:30, 8:50, 9:10, 9:30. Don't worry, we only have you participate in one walk. We meet outside the Longmire General Store around 8:00, where we will quickly complete the required paperwork and familiarize everyone with the lantern operations. Each Lantern Bearer is assigned one walk, and multiple Lantern Bearers are assigned to each walk.

You don't need previous experience with leading groups, and you are not required or even preferred to participate in the historical reenactment part of the night. Costumes are not needed. All we need you to do is come with an open mind and a willingness to help.

If you're interested in volunteering for this event, you can contact Nick Abel at Nicholas_Abel@partner.nps.gov or by phone at 360-569-2211 x3385.

We would love to see you there!

"We are the lantern bearers, my friend; for us to keep something burning, to carry what light we can forward into the darkness and the wind."

-The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff

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