Episode #17 Old Timey Casting with Guy W. Gane

You aGuy Ganell know that I love fashion…I talk about it all the time on my various other social outlets (sometimes I even post a pic!). This is why I am happy to have Guy on the show. We have the love for fashion in common…and he also really digs historical style, both military and civilian…so much so that he has created a company that specializes in casting for television and film period pieces. His credits include everything from The Field of Lost Shoes to House of Cards. Cool right – listen up to find out how this whole thing works.

We discuss:

  • How Guy casts historical films and television shows
  • Some of his past work and what he has in production right now
  • Recreating authentic looks
  • Clothing research methodology
  • Military and civilian style over the centuries
  • Social media and how it enriches historical research

Guy has a number of Instagram accounts that he curates, which you can find HERE, HERE, and HERE. He is also on Facebook and if you really want to check out his work, visit the Old Time Casting web page.  One of my favorite parts of this show is the rapid fire segment, because we talk about The Godfather and one of our favorite books, Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam by Stephen W. Sears. Trust me – this one is worth the time spent reading. And if you would rather listen to you book – you’ll want to check out my sponsor Audible for a FREE 30 day trial featuring tons of great audio books for your iPhone or whatever.

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Episode #16 Beyond the Irish Brigade with Damian Shiels

DamianOh yes…if you ever wanted to know  about the Irish in the United States during the 19th century I’ve got your guy. Archeologist and historian Damian Shiels has done a tremendous amount of work on Irish immigration and Irish involvement in the American Civil War. He is the author of The Irish in the American Civil War and most recently, The Forgotten Irish: Irish Emigrant Experiences in America.

Seriously – it turns out there is a lot more to the Irish in 19th century American culture (and Irish throughout the world, for that matter) than the famous Irish Brigade. We touch on quite a bit of what they were doing – you’ll want to listen up to be sure.

We discuss:

  • Damian’s work as an archeologist (stay tuned for another show on this…)
  • Developing a comprehensive narrative of the emigrant experience through the use of pension records
  • The Irish commitment to the Union (and Confederate too) cause.
  • Slavery and emancipation
  • And of course…the Irish Brigade

You will be able to meet Damian in person in Washington DC at a book signing slated for March, 2017. For now you can connect with him on Twitter and on his blog, Irish in the American Civil War.

Listen to this show…I mean it. Damian has some great advice for students and recommends that we all read Massacre in Memphis: The Race Riot that Shook the Nation One Year After the Civil War by Stephen V. Ash. If you would like a free audio version of the book,  visit this show’s sponsor at Audible.

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Music by Advent Chamber Orchestra is licensed under Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/