To promote awareness of, and interest in, the history of the colonial period, and in its values, goals, and traditions of the community, state, and nation.
The Colonial Living History Alliance was formed in November of 2004 to fill a percieved gap in the Living History/Reenactment community. Estimates vary slightly, but in the 1750's, there was an estimated English population of 1.2 million people. At it's height, only about 20 to 30 thousand, or roughly about 2.5% of the population, were directly involved in the military. What about the other 97 percent?
They were the Farmers, Shopkeepers, Tavernkeepers, Midwives and other civillians that continued to go about their daily lives, in spite of the European power struggles going on around them.
In most Living History organizations, the primary focus is on Military units. The founders of the CLHA recognized this and decided it was time for an organization whose primary focus was on civillian life, and so the CLHA was born.