Getting It Right, Right Away!

Progressive, Campaigner, and Hard-Core Reenactors!

 Is authenticity important to you? Do anachronisms in camp drive you crazy? Do you wish you could stop farbiness in your unit before it starts?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then we can help. With our new POTENTIAL AUTHENTICITY TEST (PAT), we give you the tools to ensure your unit remains unblemished by farbs.

PAT is a simple test given to promising recruits which will help you gauge their potential authenticity level. It does not waste time measuring a person’s knowledge, enthusiasm, or dedication. Rather, PAT gauges the only truly important authenticity asset: money.

Just answer the following questions (please use annual totals):

Portfolio
A Income…………………………………………………………………………………..$____
B Value of Current Portfolio……………………………………………………….$____
(including savings, investments, retirement, etc).   
 
Expenses
C Mortgage/Rent………………………………………………………………………$____
D Utilities………………………………………………………………………………….$____
E Car Payment(s)………………………………………………………………………$____
F Insurance (total of car, life, health, and homeowners/renters)…..$____
 

NOTE: food expenses are not included because hunger can be accurate

G Alimony (you are a reenactor after all)……………………………………$____
H Dependent(s) Support…………………………………………………………….$____
(include child support, tuition etc. BTW, we don’t care how many kids you have, only how much they cost you)
I If You Reenact Other Period(s)/Unit(s), Total Expenses……………..$____
J Expenses For All Non-Reenacting Hobbies………………………………..$____
 
Bonus
K Do you:
    Sew?  Y   N
    Knit?  Y   N
    Woodwork  Y   N
    Blacksmith?  Y   N
L Are you willing to give up reenacting other units and non-reenacting hobbies to increase your potential authenticity with us?  Y   N

1 Add Portfolio……………………………………………………Total $____

2 Add Expenses…………………………………………………..Total $____

3 Subtract Line 2 from Line 1………………………………..Total $____

4 If willing to give up other hobbies, add lines I & J…Total $____

5 Total Available Funds……………………………………….Total $____

Scoring               

PAT is customizable, so you can use it however your unit sees fit. You can either set your baseline as a percentage of a person’s overall portfolio or identify a minimum available amount per year (for example, the recruit must have at least $5,000 annually available to be considered a member). The first is a little more forgiving, while the latter offers tighter quality control. If you choose (and their work meets your standards), you can also add the value of their bonus skills to offset their lack of funds. And remember: if they are willing to give up their other hobbies, you must add that back in to their total available funds.

Now you can screen out the whiners, like those who complain when they have to replace all their clothing because the research says the wool should be one ounce heavier. It’s so easy, we can’t believe no one has thought of this before.

Good luck and remember to PAT ’em down before they can cause trouble!

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About T.H. Gray

T.H. Gray is the self-appointed court jester and Dr. Demento for the history museum field. A lifelong museum professional and reenactor, he is a graduate of the prestigious Peale-Barnum Public History Museum Studies Program. Until 2011, when the AHS hired him away, he was on staff at the Benjamin Dover Memorial Museum & Swimming Pool ("Our History is All Wet!"). He remembers when museums were still about history, science, and art. BTW, all of these posts say they are by T.H. Gray because he can't turn off the byline. Credit, when due, is given. View all posts by T.H. Gray

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