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Civil War Fades as an Attraction

Museums and sites seek broader audience

(Newser) - Museums and historical sites are making changes to appeal to a broader audience in the face of declining interest in the Civil War. Data from the National Park Service shows that its five major Civil War battlefield parks drew 3.1 million visitors in 2018, down from about 10.2... More »

Washington May Not Be Able to Recross the Delaware

Low water levels may keep re-enactors stuck on shore

(Newser) - The annual re-enactment of George Washington's daring 1776 crossing of the Delaware River draws large crowds of families and history fans to both sides of the river in Pennsylvania and New Jersey each year on Christmas. But the re-enactors may be kept out of the water this year unless... More »

Want to Play Napoleon? So Do These Guys—Bad

Two actors vie for coveted role in Waterloo reenactment

(Newser) - France no longer has an emperor, but tell that to Frank Samson and Mark Schneider. The Frenchman and American, respectively, are vying for the role of Napoleon in a massive 200th-anniversary reenactment of the battle of Waterloo—and neither will take defeat lying down, the Wall Street Journal reports. "... More »

Buckshot Wrecks Tall Ships' Battle Reenactment

Crew member accidentally loads cannon with live ammo, not blanks

(Newser) - A pair of tall ships staged a mock battle Saturday night that could have used a little more "mock" and a little less "battle." Their cannons were supposed to be using blanks, which somehow got lost in execution when an Amazing Grace crew member accidentally loaded one... More »

Reenactors Take on Vietnam War

Despite controversy, re-created conflict gets warm reception

(Newser) - Revolutionary and Civil War reenactments are a familiar sight—but now, one of the most controversial wars in US history is in reruns, the AP reports. Houston, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania have all hosted Vietnam war reenactments. “We do it to honor these guys and to tell them, 'You weren't... More »

Street Theater Sparks New Showdown at OK Corral

(Newser) - The Old West town of Tombstone, Ariz.—scene of the shootout at the OK Corral—is still swarming with gunmen. Actors, to be sure, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t bitter rivalries. Since a professional troupe rolled into town and started drawing tourists from the main drag... More »

PSA Re-enacts Rihanna Beating

Activist organization launches new campaign

(Newser) - Rihanna’s alleged assault by Chris Brown is re-enacted in a new PSA, AP reports. Actors play out the scene while a narrator reads details from the police affidavit. “There was no need to sensationalize things. It was bad enough,” says the CEO of, adding that... More »

Spector Jurors Try Out Victim’s Chair

Panel role plays in field trip to producer’s mansion

(Newser) - Jurors in Phil Spector’s murder trial got the full re-enactment experience in a trip to the record producer’s house yesterday, slumping back and playing dead in a replica of the chair where actress Lana Clarkson died. The field trippers asked permission to explore the case’s fine points... More »

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