In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

History comes to life at the USS KIDD’s annual Living History Weekend

Reenactors from across the south are coming to the USS KIDD Veterans Museum to represent multiple services, branches and nationalities.

You probably drive past this ship in downtown all the time. But, have you ever wondered what life was like aboard it?

“The thing that always takes so much for my mind to wrap around about serving on the ship isn’t necessarily the war itself. It’s being on that ship during a storm,” said James Castle Roberts III.

Roberts is the events coordinator at the USS KIDD Veterans Museum. He adds that it wasn’t always smoothing sailing for a naval destroyer like the USS Kidd –  especially at battle or in the whipping waters.

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“Imagining being on that ship when waves are rocking you back and forth is pretty in-comprehendible to me,” said Roberts.

But, you don’t have to just imagine what it was like. This weekend, you can see history come to life when reenactors take over the museum at the third annual Living History Weekend. Visitors can ask the reenactors questions and learn about what it took to operate the ship.

“It’s really nice that we have this here, as a vessel of history. So that we can look into another world that we can’t ever experience in our lifetime,” said Josh Adams.

Adams visits the museum often because he likes to step back in time. He also likes that the museum brings on new events and exhibits.  

“It’s good to bring something that is not in the mainstream to the mainstream, so people can learn about an important part of history and what people had to suffer through.”

Interpreters of all services, branches and nationalities will stand throughout the ship and museum during the event. These history buffs come from across the south to help you to step back in time. You can expect to see many reenactors from the WWII era, and even, an 18th century leather maker.

Experience the living history on Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1. Doors open at 10:00 am and close at 4:00 pm on both days. Also, know that the museum is closed on Monday for Labor Day, so get your history lesson in early.

Guests pay regular admission at the door for the event. That’s $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and veterans and $8 for kids aged between five and 12. Of course, children under four years old get in for free. 

And here’s a little sneak peak of what to expect from this weekend’s action: 

Chief teaches us about damage control aboard the ship.
Seaman Davis unrolls the hose to prepare for a possible fire.
Photos are welcome during the interactive demos.
A few visitors and I enjoyed the demonstration.