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Historical reenacting is a great hobby!! And here on reenactor.Net, you will find information about historical reenacting all around the world. Now, you're probably thinking "You mean like the Civil War stuff?" Well, sort of... ANY time period you can think of is reenacted today and we cover them all! So look through the site and maybe you'll find something that interests you enough to get in to it. The links are broken down into what we call "Time/Areas" or simply "T/A's." Each of the T/A's are run by an Assistant Webmaster who is active in that period and holds a great love for it.

Not only will you find links to individual unit websites, but also those of overall "parent" organizations. Eventually, each T/A will include a reading list and overall links to other sites which pertain to that period of time.

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We have had a "portal" system here at reenactor.Net now for a couple of years. We did it to make things easier on us and better for you. We have two main pages: this page, is the older html style, the Portal main is here, but don't worry, all link shere go to the new area pages and it works. We kept this so the search engines can find us and both look much the same. It's always a work in progress but we think this has made r.Net a better place for all -- easier to use and easier for us to maintain.

So, please DO log-in and let us know how we're doing, give us your suggestions and such -- just don't get too spastic with us until it's all done. And yes, we will still have google ads :-0 They pay us some money and thus allow us to work on r.Net MORE, rather than less... Sorry... at least they will be targeted on our fine reenacting content (well, we're trying there, for the most part they DO have stuff related the pages, but occasionally,  google does throw something weird). Anyway, at least they're not some mortgage re-fi bandit, gambling or dating site ads.

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I've wanted to do Forums for awhile now, but it was either too much coding, or I would have to use someone else's system (i.e. ezboard or somethingmeaning we had no control over how it was run) or just whatever . I am happy to say I've found something that set up well and is expandable. There is very little there yet, but there will be soon. And, if you're signed up for one time period, you're a member in them all. This works well if you do more than one time period or are just interested in what's going on in reenacting. It's anice place on the webnot some place for a flame war.

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What is "Reenacting?"

Napoleonic Times"Reenacting" or "living history" is a hobby where the participants try to portray people of the past. Some people just have a hard time conceiving of this, they ask "DO they pay you?" NO! "How do you know who wins or who dies?" Some battles are scripted out as to the end, some are called "tacticals" and may have judges or rules as to what happens. Some events are just "living history" (as they are so called), these usually being set up for the public. Many reenactments aren't even done for the public, but instead for us, the reenactors. WWI and WWII events are usually of this type.

"I still don't get it!" Probably the best explanation I have ever heard was this: Imagine your most favourite movie. Imagine being able to "step into" that movie – that's a lot like reenacting. And no, we don't have a script, or anything like that. Our actions are usually just us trying to live in that time period.

If you like history, you'll probably like reenacting – one thing to remember though, you WILL feel what it was like. This is not like sitting in an arm chair and reading or watching a movie. In reenacting, you will feel the dirt, the sweat, the wool clothing :-0 (yep, wool – surprisingly comfortable!). You'll learn what period shoes felt like. How the gear was carried; what was comfortable and what wasn't. Often you'll get to try period recipes for foods you've never even thought of. The Romans for example, loved to combine tastes that to us, in the modern world would be (and are) considered weird – pancakes with pepper come to mind. However, when you try these foods, you'll find they aren't bad, just different. Often different in a good way (WWI turnip jam was NOT in a good way though ).

So look around, pick something that interests you and jump on in – the water's fine!

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Visit Marsh's historical reenactor's BookstoreVisit Marsh's reenactor Bookstore! (also, we have book areas in each time/area... We are working hard to consolidate this all). If you are looking for books, music CD's or videos about any particular time period, please visit reenactor.Net's on-line store. What does this mean? Do we have a store... Can you come in and yell at us -- nope, it means we are an "Associate" of! Each of our Time/Areas has (or will have--only a one or two don't have a reading list) a Reading list with links to books at Amazon. This is one of the ways you can help keep reenactor.Net going--the pittance we receive from Amazon when you buy a book through us!

Anyway, soon we'll have this all redone again, Amazon has come up w/ a newer, better way to help us build our web bookstore. Sometimes it's hard to find books in a time period we don't do, so... if we don't have something that YOU beleive we should, TELL US! :-) If you have any questions about our On-Line Store, please view its F.A.Q. page.

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The Journey is 83 year old, first time author, Jeanne Spencer’s extraordinary chronicle of her 57 year marriage to the late Charles Spencer. They married shortly before America’s entry into World War II, which Spencer fought as an 8th Air Force bombardier. Horribly wounded on a mission against Bremen, Germany on November 26, 1943 Spencer was awarded the Nations second highest award for Military valor the Distinguished Service Cross. After spending 2 years undergoing extensive plastic surgery both in England and at a U.S. Army hospital near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Lt. Spencer was discharged from military service in 1946.

The Journey tells all this, together with the couple’s remarkable post war story, as they settled in Jeanne’s native Kansas, raised 2 sons, and served God through Chuck’s Vocation as a Baptist minister and Chaplain of the Kansas State Soldiers Home near Dodge City. After Chuck’s death in 1998, Jeanne has continued to live in Dodge City. Where she still plays the organ at the First Baptist church every Sunday, teaches an adult Sunday school class, and makes clothes for the children, of needy families.

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