Andy Volpe: Art & History
Living History Presentations



About Andy

Living History




















Here are the current offerings:

(Roman Dude)







Late Medieval / Early Renaissance Artist
(Medieval Artist)



18th Century Printing Arts -

Coming Soon...



A history of my history programs:

I have been giving public presentations since 2002, and visiting Schools, Colleges, Libraries since 2004.

As of October 2011, I am available "Full Time" to come to schools, colleges, universities, academies, libraries, round tables - You name it, I'd be happy to give a program!  I am insured with the Living History Association. (see link at bottom of page)

This started at Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts. I had originally been employed at the museum for their "OverKnight" program, and started to give Arms and Armor auditorium presentations for the Cub and Boy Scouts who came to the museum.  I quickly fell in love with giving historical presentations.

One day, the museum along with co-worker and friend David Naugle approached me with the concept of giving a Roman program, wearing the armor and everything.  Before I knew it, my program became one of the most popular at the Museum, at one time affectionately known as "Roman Dude", as well as a demonstrator with the Higgins Armory Sword Guild and with other reenacting groups.  My Roman program, including members of Legion III Cyrenaica since 2006, continued to be one of the biggest draws to the museum. Thousands of visitors have seen my presentations over the years. Thank you!

December 2013 saw the closing of Higgins and over 83 years a unique fixture in the United States.  Thank you all who came and enjoyed and supported the museum and its programming. A significant portion of the arms and armor collection, now referred to as the John Woodman Higgins collection, has been moved to and being put on display at Worcester Art Museum.  The popular living history weekend programming at Higgins is now establishing itself at WAM, So please come see the programs and help show your support!

All of my school programs should be considered for grades 6-12 to Adult.  Please note both Roman programs are age appropriate as "PG-13" due to content, and are compatible and flexible with school and state curricula.

To book a program, contact me at my email (palusbuteo AT hotmail DOT com), phone (508 344  5764) or see my Contact page. Be sure to check my FAQ page to answer questions.  Please email me directly for pricing and availability.

Media Articles:

Roman Legionary:

"A Soldier's Tale: Roman legionnarie visits Holden" (TelegramTowns, Holden/Paxton/Princeton/Rutland 2/25/10).  I have been seen in the WT&G a couple of times over the years, notably through events at Higgins Armory Museum.

Medieval Artist program and artwork:

"Medieval Times at V Organic Cafe":  (Worcester Magazine, April 2013)

"Living (Art) History" (Artizen Magazine #2-4 May 2011).

 "Artist of Many Seasons: Medieval Art topic at Senior Center" (TelegramTowns, Holden/Paxton/Princeton/Rutland, 2/3/11).

Group memberships:

Legion III Cyrenaica (New England area - Also includes Auxiliary units Coh. I Pannoniorum, Coh. II Nabetea Sagittaria)

Legion XX Valeria Victrix (Maryland / Washington D.C. area; Associate Member)

Company of the Wolfe Argent (1470's Burgundian soldiers; New Hampshire / New England)

Salem Light Infantry / Salem Zouaves (Co. J, 8th Reg. Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, ca. 1861)

~ Also portrays Salem Trayn'd Band, Massachusetts Militia "Pike & Shot" ca. 1630's)

The Printing Office of Edes and Gill (Intaglio printer, Engraver, Limner, 1770's)

Phoenix Swords (Swordfights, Stage Acts, Fire Shows, Tomfoolery)

Higgins Armory Sword Guild (Active member and demonstrator 2001 - 2008,  Studied fencing manuals from 1300's - 1860's). Ceased functions with Higgins closure.

Other Memberships and Organizations:

Living History Association

North Shore Arts Council, Inc. (part of NEFA / MCC)

The History List



Contact Andy:
Palusbuteo AT hotmail DOT com
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