Helpful Links

Here is a link to our NCRA Facebook Page –


Here is the email address of our member Roger Gary who publishes our newsletter (it’s a really fantastic newsletter by the way) –;


Here is a link to the Facebook page of another local 18th Century reenactment group –  The 2nd Connecticut Regiment of Militia –


Here is a link to the Facebook page of our friends at The Northwest Colonial Festival in Sequim Washington –


And here is a link to the Facebook page of some Redcoat reenactors – The 7th Co’y Brigade of Gaurds –


Here are some links to online stores selling reproduction colonial items –
(Please note that your best deals on such items are normally obtained from fellow reenactors at events, or from 18th century gun shows, or from eBay)

Here is a link to Roger Gary’s friend the colonial shoemaker:

“Historical Leather Works”

Clay & Jamie Laundry

Ph. (406) 287-9324 or (406) 853-9468 or

They make the fine colonial shoes and boots and will give a 10% discount to NCRA members.  The shoes are guaranteed to fit.  They also make period saddles.


Here are some links providing interesting information –


Hello again, I’m Wylin Tjoelker, your colonial Parson/Chaplin and I would like to share with you a list of books which will help you to understand the views, the vision, and the passion of the people living in the colonial time period which we represent.

First of all, if you really want to know what made these people tick, you need to avail yourself of a Bible.  Even the few non-religious people of that time had an uncanny ability to quote it off the cuff.  Just before the American Revolution, the entire country had experienced an astounding reality called “The Great Awakening.”  That singular event is key to understanding the source of the courage that enlivened the colonists and inspired them to actually risk all to resist tyranny.

So, you might assume, ok, I’ll go the authentic route and attain a reprint of the 1611 King James Bible.  That’s good, but if you want to understand the colonists even more, try to get a reprint of the 1560 Geneva Bible, complete with it’s side notes about the people’s responsibility to resit tyranny.  In truth, the American Revolution was a hugely significant step in a centuries-long struggle for freedom.

The mass majority of the population of the colonies at the time, from the most uneducated frontiersman, to the most highly-educated founder, was highly conversant in Bible speak.  It was used as the main textbook in the schools at the time, and the other textbooks were stuffed full of Bible verses as well.

Among the highly educated, the Greek and Roman classics were also read.  George Washington was particularly fond of a poem by Cato.  They were also influenced by political, social, and economic treatises by their European semi-contemporaries.

Here are a couple of books that I have found to help put this era into perspective:

Forged in Faith by Rod Gragg

God of Liberty by Thomas S. Kidd


Here is a link to a website specializing in the religious foundations of our war for independence – David Barton’s WallBuilders:

Here is a link to their online book store:

Here is a link to the sermon I read that Sunday morning at our NCRA 2015 Colonial Encampment:

Here is a link to an important article dealing with the American founders religious motivations in our war for independence:


Here are some of the best books that can be found that provide photographs and illustrations of original colonial clothing and equipment:

Collector’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution by C. Neumann and Frank J. Kravic

Don Troiani’s Soldiers of the American Revolution by Don Troiani and James L. Kochan

The Revolutionary Soldier 1775-1783 by C. Keith Wilber

Sketch Book 76 by Robert l. Klinger and Richard A. Wilder

And here are some gems that my wife Hilda has found particularly helpful as a colonial seamstress:

Tidings From the 18th Century by Beth Gilgun

Whatever Shall I Wear? by Mara Riley



Hello, I’m Wylin Tjoelker NCRA Secretary, photographer and webmaster.  I portray a colonial parson and militia chaplin.  By popular request from some who had attended my “Prelude to the American Revolution” talk at our recent Colonial Encampment of July 2016 and at the church service during the Northwest Colonial Festival of August 2016, I include below a link to the latest text of that talk:

The Roots of the Revolution
















































































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