This blog was conceived on a whim.
It begin in an art history class when I was but a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed undergrad at Case Western Reserve University, located in Cleveland, Ohio. The class, "Art and Architecture in the time of Washington and Jefferson," was taught by Dr. Henry Adams, whose rather laissez-faire approach to papers suited me. His instructions were simple: a fifteen page paper on the art and/or architecture of eighteenth-century America that had the potential to be compiled into a book on the subject.
An avid living history enthusiast, I decided to write about fifteen living history sites located in the original thirteen colonies, plus Maine and Florida, with one page dedicated to each. Researching the sites naturally lead to my wanting to visit them in person, which I was able to do after expanding my little paper into a full-blown Senior Capstone Project. My writings on the five sites that were ultimately selected and traveled to (Historic Square, the Frontier Culture Museum, Mystic Seaport, Slater Mill, and Redcoats & Rebels at Old Sturbridge Village) are up on this blog.
I enjoyed visiting and writing about historic sites so much that after graduation I began doing so for our local, all-volunteer based newspaper, the Westlake/Bay Village Observer; many of those articles are also available on Black Cat White Rabbit.
The blog is named after my own black cat, Grim, who is usually close by while I write, and the "white rabbit" of living history museums that I followed down this rabbit hole.
The living history museum is an experience that is both tactile and visual, immersive and two dimensional, and offers the same opportunities for education and cultural edification as those concerned primarily with art and natural history.
As such, the living history museum deserves to be considered as an equal to these museums, and persons interested in art, architecture, and objects from the past should feel just as confident visiting them as they do those art and natural history museums.