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Reenacting History - Living Out History For Fun and Discovery


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Where is it that most of us learn about history? For many it is just a class we have to take in school to graduate. For others it is in their blood and they are history buffs. Many are content to learn from books or History TV. Then there are others who for one reason or another are drawn to a simpler and more exciting way of life. These are the folks who get involved and love reenacting history and discover the rewards and challenges of those who lived in earlier days.

Reenacting is a hobby where the people who participate live out history as they portray the people of the past. It may be as early pioneers, civil war battles, the Medieval period, or even World War I and II periods. You can find re-enactors in all the time periods of history.

Fleshing out history as you reenact it is one of the greatest learning tools you will ever experience. Whether you are actively involved in reenactment attire or just going to be a spectator at a reenactment such as are held in Mackinaw City, MI or Gettysburg, PA you will discover what it was like to live in the past.

Those who take part in living out history dress in authentic reenactment clothing and costumes. They do very accurate research in the time period that they find most interesting for them to pursue. There is no arm chair quarterbacking when it comes to being involved in reenacting history. You will feel what it is like to have lived in the time period you have chosen. A re-enactor will wear the clothing of the times and eat the food of the day. You will cook on open fires (depending on the era) with dated cookware. None of this Teflon coated stuff but real cast iron pots and pans or even your helmet if you are into WWII.

Alistair Hammell, is a free lance writer about reenactment attire and history. You can visit his website at


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