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Who are the Dirty Blue Shirts?

Dirty Blue Shirts strengthens the relationship between the past and the future through museum-quality programming and material culture.
We serve New England and surrounding states.
Uncovering history is dirty work! The Dirty Blue Shirts is an experiential history collective of living historians, scholars, and artists based from Eastern Connecticut. Its members worked together on the front lines of a maritime museum, both aloft on tall ships and on land as historic roleplayers. Now they bring customized, museum quality programming to historic sites throughout New England, offering presentations & workshops on environmental history, blacksmithing, fiber arts, woodworking, historical dress, original & traditional music, immigrant history, theatre, and of course maritime culture & history. From Revolution to Prohibition: their passion is bringing American history to life. Whether in plain clothes or period attire, research and authenticity are at the heart of everything the Shirts do.

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