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About Instructor Matthew Waisner:
My name is Matthew Waisner and I have loved history as far back as I can remember. I started reenacting history as well as educating others regarding history in 1996. I began with The American Civil War and have since branched out to the Colonial Period including Life in the Backcountry, The American Revolution, and the turn of the 19th century. I am always looking for new time periods and ways of making history leap off the page! History is fun and should be made fun. History is a compass! Without it we do not know where we have been and where we are going.
I graduated from Mars Hill University with a BA in History. Following graduation, I took a position at Historic Latta Planation as an interpreter and over time became the event coordinator, educator, and site director. In the 11 years I spent there I worked on creating and running events, running camps, creating and performing education programs, conducting house tours, and coordinating and working with volunteers. Since leaving Latta Plantation I have created History Alive which takes history programs and camps to schools, parks, events, and more. My programs are for all ages and are interactive. They play on your senses: taste, touch, smell, hear, and feel so that you truly experience history and leave with an appreciation and understanding of what those that went before us went through and experienced. For a brief moment you are transported back into time.