One of the reflection activities our team thought of prior to beginning our work at Gorman Heritage Farm was to spend a “Day Living in the 1800s”. The purpose of this reflection was for our team to see what it may have been like to live at Gorman Heritage Farm during the time when it was first started.
The rules were simple – you had to give up all electronics, have no water besides an outside pump, no showers, no kitchen electronics, all light switches were taped, no camera usage (hence why this post has one photo), and no use of vehicles. We simply had to find a way to get through the day and night. The event started at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday April 27 lasted until Thursday, April 28, 12:00 p.m.
It was interesting to see how our team interacted with no electronics or lights present. There were people singing songs in the dark, playing Jenga (dangerous) and dribbling balls indoors or counting dollar bills. The following day we spent some time reflecting on how much our culture is use to and relies on electronics for communication as well as security. We could only imagine how it was for Jim and Dorothy Gorman, who were those who last lived in the farmhouse. And even before them I can't imagine how it was to create the house with the use of no power tools. This reflection is something that we plan on doing again in the future and see how our interpretations change on that which we think is important and give value too.