Jay Anderson

“Living History Reader – volume 1: Museums”

Living History Reader is the first collection of seminal articles about conducting living history. Written by museum interpreters and enthusiasts, the articles are thought-provoking, readable, and collectively present a cross-section of the best writing about historical simulation. Some of the articles are wordy, some critical of living history, and some overly glowing with praise about living history. This is the "Volume 1", unfortunately with no forth coming 2nd volume, which would have been quite needed, as many of the museums and organizations mentioned have evolved greatly since this book was compiled.

 

Book details

Title: “Living History Reader – volume 1: Museums”

Author: Jay Anderson

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Page Count: 240

Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc

Publish Date: October 1991

“Time Machines: The World of Living History”

Anderson writes about people who use living history as a way to "expiration" with the past, as a research tool, and of course, for pleasure. Although the book is a bit dated by now, nevertheless it surely represents an excellent introduction to the culture of living history and the motivations that many practitioners feel. Jay Anderson provides a very valuable look into the world of living history, museums, and reenacting by analyzing the different aspects of living history and how and why it is used. The book turns to be quite readable and very interesting as it analyzes the different types of living history, its functions and why people participate in it. Besides Jay Anderson writes the book from a personal and intimate perspective, adding in his own living history experiences, thus making the book more personal, insightful, and enjoyable to read.

 

 

 

 

 

Book details

Title: “Time Machines: The World of Living History”

Author: Jay Anderson

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Page Count: 217

Publisher: Amer Assn for State & Local

Publication Date: July 1984

“The Living History Sourcebook“

Book details

Title: “The Living History Sourcebook“

Author: Jay Anderson

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Page Count: 469

Publisher: Amer Assn for State & Local

Publication Date: October 1985

about the Author

Jay Anderson is Professor of History at the Utah State University and a real authority in matter Living History and Reenactment. Jay Anderson is known as "the Father of Living History", being a pioneer in the field, and is very qualified in what he has to say. He was the very first person to write seriously about Living History and re-enacting provides an interesting, more rounded view of the world of living history. Since then everyone writing about living history/reenacting inevitably cites Anderson's book.

 

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