Historical reenactment is really what launched me on my study of heritage tourism, American culture and mythology, and most of the other work I'm doing now. After a chance encounter with Civil War reenactors in Gettysburg in 1989, I found I couldn't stop wondering what they were doing and why. Eventually I joined up (translation: did a two-year participant-observation research project as part of my M.A. degree) and spent a couple of seasons marching around portraying a Yankee fifer boy named Horace. The rest, as they say, is history - or at least it's words about history.

Click on the picture for a PDF version of my 1997 master's thesis,
"Being the Elephant: The American Civil War Reenacted".
(The file is about 9 MB, so it may take some time to load.)
Click here for a link to an ethnographic report I wrote in 1999
for the National Park Service on Revolutionary War reenactment activities
in U.S. national parks.

Other reenactor-related scholarship and links