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LE 85EME REGIMENT DE SAINTONGE/4TH MIDDLESEX MILITIA REGIMENT OF FOOT, INC. aims to enlighten and entertain audiences of all ages through historically accurate portrayals of the life experiences of the everyday people who experienced the events of the American Revolution; enabling an understanding of the past that allows for deeper understandings of the lessons learned and their applicability to current affairs.
Formed in 1979 , the recreated Regiment of Saintonge participated in events across the globe celebrating the bicentennial of the American Revolution, and was recognized for its Esprit de Corps at the commemoration of the Siege of Yorktown in 1981. Since then, the goal of enthusiastically representing the lesser known experiences of the formative years of the United States has driven our educational and original scholarly research programs. Immersive programs allow individuals and families to re-live for themselves a life impacted by a localized rebellion turned global war; classroom and educational sessions focus on making real-world connections to the past; curriculum development efforts work to integrate history across all subject areas; youth-oriented afterschool and weekend events offer age-targeted exposure on a wide scale, providing opportunity for hands-on interaction. Efforts towards advancing academic knowledge and making it more widely available include decades of original research based on previously undiscovered period documents, transcriptions and translations of manuscripts, and a collaborative network with researchers and institutions around the world.