Members of Rising Sun's Historical Preservation Commission had one week to switch wars.
Typically, the group reenacts Civil War era events. Scout Pack 28 needed some lessons regarding Betsy Ross and the creation of the American flag to earn a badge. So Brad Lovelace, one of the scout parents, wrote a script entitled "History of the American Flag" and invited the HPC to bring it to life.
Peggy Lovelace, a scout parent, played the role of Betsy Ross. Ann Delp portrayed Mary Pickersgill. Cheri Mumey served as the narrator. Ron Jaggers portrayed General George Washington. Bill Meehan was a ship owner. Uncle George Ross was played by Tom Mumey.
The audience, about eight scouts, plus their siblings and parents, asked questions post-performance.
The plot of the play was when General Washington asked Betsy Ross to make the flag - one with 13 stars and 13 stripes. "We've never done this and we had a week to prepare," said Cheri Mumey.
Jaggers said that since the performance was during Halloween season, it was easy for his wife to find a white General Washington style wig. Jaggers had some prior experience with the Revolutionary era. He did a performance at the local library a few years ago.
"It's not too far of a stretch," said Meehan.
"The purpose of this is to teach about the flag, not the Civil War or the Revolution," said Tom Mumey. Mumey also provided personal recollections of when Alaska and Hawaii were added to the United States.
Since the HPC members helped the scouts, the scouts may soon reciprocate. The HPC parade float wagon needs painted and the scouts may do the work.
Cheri Mummy said that now that the group knows they can do it, they may do more living history presentations from the Revolutionary War era. "We could reach more people," she said.