Old Times There are not Forgotten:    Civil War Re-enactors and the Creation of Heritage Ashley E. Bowen, April 23, 2009
<ul><li>Literature </li></ul><ul><li>Ethnography </li></ul><ul><li>Media </li></ul>
Figure 1.  Relationship between History, Heritage, and Social Memory.
“ Sulzer reviews G.A.R.” from the Library of Congress’ Flickr Stream.  No known Copyright restrictions. 1913 reunions & gu...
<ul><li>42-years old </li></ul><ul><li>White, Male  </li></ul><ul><li>Married </li></ul><ul><li>College Degree </li></ul><...
Authenticity: Combines material accuracy and credibility Stitch counters, hard-cores, and living historians
Sutlers: merchants selling period items “ Farby:” far be it from authentic,    used as an insult
Simulation & Imagination
Drill at the 14th TN/CMF Winter Camp
Figure 1.  Relationship between History, Heritage, and Social Memory. Authenticity
Screen shot from  South Park ’s “Red Badge of Gayness” <ul><li>Hillbillies </li></ul><ul><li>Racists </li></ul>
<ul><li>History buff v. re-enactor media </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship to 19th century </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship to ...
<ul><li>Community history </li></ul><ul><li>Physicality </li></ul><ul><li>Fun </li></ul>
Questions? Thank you
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This is the presentation component of my thesis project on Civil War re-enactors.

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  • Welcome. I studied Civil War re-enactors, by some estimates one of the most popular hobbies in the united states-- a few estimates say there are nearly 400,000 participants. Yet, the hobby remains unexplored by academics and unfamiliar to many Americans.
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    1. 1. Old Times There are not Forgotten: Civil War Re-enactors and the Creation of Heritage Ashley E. Bowen, April 23, 2009
    2. 2. <ul><li>Literature </li></ul><ul><li>Ethnography </li></ul><ul><li>Media </li></ul>
    3. 3. Figure 1. Relationship between History, Heritage, and Social Memory.
    4. 4. “ Sulzer reviews G.A.R.” from the Library of Congress’ Flickr Stream. No known Copyright restrictions. 1913 reunions & gun club culture
    5. 5. <ul><li>42-years old </li></ul><ul><li>White, Male </li></ul><ul><li>Married </li></ul><ul><li>College Degree </li></ul><ul><li>Not a Veteran </li></ul><ul><li>Lives in a Union State </li></ul>
    6. 6. Authenticity: Combines material accuracy and credibility Stitch counters, hard-cores, and living historians
    7. 7. Sutlers: merchants selling period items “ Farby:” far be it from authentic, used as an insult
    8. 8. Simulation & Imagination
    9. 9. Drill at the 14th TN/CMF Winter Camp
    10. 10. Figure 1. Relationship between History, Heritage, and Social Memory. Authenticity
    11. 11. Screen shot from South Park ’s “Red Badge of Gayness” <ul><li>Hillbillies </li></ul><ul><li>Racists </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>History buff v. re-enactor media </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship to 19th century </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship to popular culture & current events </li></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>Community history </li></ul><ul><li>Physicality </li></ul><ul><li>Fun </li></ul>
    14. 14. Questions? Thank you

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