William Sheets, considered one of the top coordinators in the state for Historic Timeline, has agreed to help the Clay County Historical Society and the 1st Indiana Cavalry this year.
Sheets says he has heard many re-enactors express their desire to attend this year's event. These include a wide range of actors including Native Americans, French troops from the 1760's, Mountain Men, American Revolutionists from the War of 1812, Riverboat Pirates and many World War II troops. The latter of these include American and European troops, Pacific and French paratroopers, Russian and German re-enactors.
There is a possibility that the Riverboat Pirates will also do boat races along the reservoir and raid the camps along the shore.
Bill Sheets and his wife Jan participated in a Historic Timeline in Lawrenceburg during their Centennial. Sheets is very personable and knows an enormous number of people. Each year he plans and coordinates the History Fest for the Indiana Historic Society in Indianapolis, the ground forces for the Mount Comfort Air Show and numerous other shows all over the state.
He also portrays three different time periods including the French and Indian War, the War of 1812 and World War II. During the year, his wife says, he participates around 30 weekends a year in one form or another. "I know," she says, "because I have a lot of unfinished projects at home."
Sheets also does a first-person portrayal of Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett. He does these professionally from time to time and has agreed to do Davy Crockett for the school students this year.
Sheets often works with Gary Foreman of Sun Products with the History Channel. He has helped on such programs as Frontier Heroes, Legions of the Old West, Decisive Battles, Hunter Heroes, and Alamo: Price of Freedom. He also had a movie appearance in "The Last of the Mohicans."
Jan Sheets says they really like all of the reenacting. In fact, she usually participates in the re-enactments. During the interview, the two of them were participating as World War II actors for the Indiana State University Ernie Pyle tribute during which Andy Rooney appeared at Hulman Civic Center.
She was outfitted as a USO showgirl. She says she likes to travel across the country and comments that they could probably travel across the entire United States and have a place to stay at a friend's house whom they had met while doing the reenactments.
Bill and Jan Sheets both concur that the biggest reason they do what they do is to bring history alive to educate the students and the public and to never let the deeds and sacrifices of the country's ancestors be forgotten.
This year's events will be Friday-Sunday at Craig Park.