The Guild of St. George, Inc.

Teaching History Through Interactive Theater

Research

The Guild of St. George’s dedication to historical accuracy begins with an extensive research program.  The Guild of St. George is honored to be the caretaker of two significant libraries: the Living History Center Library, collected over many decades by Ron and Phyllis Patterson, and the Lumley Library, collected by Donna Moran.  Many individual members have amassed impressive libraries and some have become specialists in specific aspects of history.  In addition, the guild has established relationships with the curator of manuscripts at the Huntington Library and with historians at Hampton Court Palace in London.  These resources allow the Guild of St. George to identify and appropriate the details of history that animate and sustain our presentations.


Training

One fundamental activity of the guild is an in-depth educational program available to anyone who is interested in a thorough understanding of the past.  This internal education program includes monthly lectures on some aspect of history, classes in historic dancing and singing, workshops and individual instruction on period clothing design and construction, and other classes and workshops.  These are offered for free or for a nominal materials charge to anyone who is interested in participating.  Included in the program are interactive theatrical events designed to further this education by allowing guild members to actually experience life in the past first-hand.  This includes history immersion events and time travel experiences, with or without an audience.  The scope and seriousness of this educational program is a hallmark of the Guild of St. George.


Scenarios

Whenever possible, the Guild of St. George establishes a specific time and place for our events.  This allows the guild to select characters, costumes, locations, and items of conversation, either scripted or improvised, based on historic reality.  It also creates an internally consistent representation of the past that promotes our audience’s suspension of disbelief.