The idea first came to Shelley Hendry's husband after he attended a historical presentation acted out on the life of John Adams. He loved the idea; he and his wife had seen period performers at places such as Williamsburg, Virginia. The couple enjoyed reading biographies and history. Thus, the Hendrys began preparing and presenting "living history." However, after eight years in this venture, Jim Hendry discovered he had cancer. Shelley shares about her husband's peaceful passing and how she told him she would continue with their children the Living History presentations he had begun.