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From the Publisher"These ten essays cover various types of historical enactments by live performers. Theatrical re-creations of the past must negotiate a balance between education and entertainment, as several essays show. 'Authenticity' is a constant concern for presenters. In this connection, Catherine Hughes opens the volume with an essay that factors in the audience's relation to historical verisimilitude. The essays that follow examine the goals, process, and audience impact of specific living-history projects. Leigh Clemons explores hobbyist reenactments of events in the Texas Revolution. Richard Poole rethinks issues connected with the play he wrote for a Sioux City, Iowa, commemoration of Sergeant Floyd's role in the Lewis and Clark expedition. Kimberly Tony Korol-Evans recounts an amusing collision between solidly researched Tudor cooking by Maryland Renaissance Festival enactors and a reality food show for television. Aili McGill traces an evolving approach to museum theater over several years at Conner Prairie, Indiana. Concluding essays by theater scholars Magelssen (Bowling Green State Univ.) and Justice-Malloy (Univ. of Mississippi) bring action-adventure flavor to the collection. The most successful essays allow readers to draw their own conclusions about specific performance approaches and their possible effects on the historical record. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers."