Some of you may remember our old newsletter, the Renegader.
I just scanned in the old copies of our Seminole reenactor newsletters from 1991-1999. If any of my friends want a copy, mail me a blank cd disk, and an envelope with enough postage to mail it back to you. I am only making this offer to people I know—sorry, no strangers. That is because it has my old address where my Dad still lives all over those issues, and I do not want anyone bothering him.
I would say that was probably our golden age of Seminole war reenacting, by sharing so much information. Reconstructing these newsletters for scanning was not an easy task. I have moved six times since 1999, and various issues were scattered in various boxes of no organization whatsoever. Amazingly, I have been able to reconstruct every issue except one; and the parts I am missing from that one issue are probably unimportant—either event flyers or a reprint from a previous issue.
The Renegader newsletter was started out by David Mott in 1991. I was in the Army in Arizona at the time, but still keeping track of the events in Florida while doing finger-woven sashes in the barracks.
The following year, I got out of the Army and moved back home, and got a job at Orange County in downtown Orlando in 1993. The downtown job was the most miserable job I ever had, but only two blocks away from the Orlando library, which is a gold mine for research. The library was started in the early 1900s by someone who enjoyed Florida history and would collect everything available at the time. The result is a Florida room with documents and books dating back to territorial days. On the floor with the genealogy collection is also one of the best I have ever seen for historic microfilm and county histories. So I spent many lunch hours in the library researching.
David Mott was starting a new career and new family after a couple years, and found little time to do the newsletter. Since Rick Obermeyer and myself supplied most of the material for the newsletter, David was relieved to hand over the reigns to us. We had a lot of fun doing the newsletter for a few years.
By 1999 I was running out of things to print for the newsletter, and the only one who was writing anything for it. I had changed the name from Renegader to Nenne Hofune, because I felt that the Seminoles were not renegades; they were fighting for their home and what they believed in. Nenne Hofune is Muskogee language for “Ancient Road,” or “Traditional Path.” (Words in the language cover categories and are not very specific.)
By the end of 1999 I was told that my job with Orange County was being abolished. By early 2000 I had moved up to Alabama and no longer had access to a great resource library. Jason Wolz and David Mott were starting up the Southeastern Cultural Society, and started a newsletter with that. Unfortunately it fizzled for a number of reasons. One would have been the $20 a year membership. Since I was only making about $6 an hour in Alabama, the $20 was something I really could not afford, and apparently neither could others. Another reason was that the internet was coming into common use, and we were able to share information and photos for free, so who needed to pay the $20? Unfortunately I do not have any of those other newsletters that have survived in my files.
On May 11th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
I was careful to keep a set in a single 3-ring binder, so I can provide a photocopy of whatever issue you are missing. Let me know which one it is, remind me of a mailing address, and respond to me directly at email@example.com You need to have a complete set, too! Also, I have a complete set of the newsletter that the soldier types produced. - Rick O.
Rick, the only one I have incomplete is Nenne Hofune, Vol. II, number 1, Summer 1998. I think I must have took it apart to create other issues, or used parts from past issues and put them back when I was finished. So if you have a complete copy you could send me, that would be great. I kept the first five years neatly in folders, but got sloppy or disorganized the last couple years. Chris