Gordon Jones (Director
of Collections and Exhibitions, Atlanta History Center, and
Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts, Emory University)
"Little Families:" Civil War
Reenactment Groups and the Making of Historical Memory
Wednesday, October 10th, 2001, 3:00 p.m.
Far from its public face of vast encampments and
sweeping battles, Civil War reenacting is first and foremost
a local and small group activity. The building blocks of the
hobby are the small local organizations, known as units,
usually comprised of ten to thirty members closely tied to one
another by bonds of family, friendship, and (sometimes) common
socio-economic backgrounds. These units become as reenactors
often say little families. It is here within
the little family that most decisions about individual reenactors'
involvement including the events they attend and the
extent of their period impressions are contemplated,
debated, and decided within a miniature democracy. Likewise,
individual conceptions of authenticity and history are either
subsumed by group consensus or ultimately expelled from the
group -- often at great emotional cost. If historical memory
is indeed generated from below, then these little families have
become one of the dynamos.
The MARIAL Center
Emory West, 4th Floor, Room 415E
Open to the public
Refreshments will be served
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DIRECTIONS TO THE MARIAL CENTER
The MARIAL Center is located on the 4th floor
of the main building of Emory's Briarcliff Campus, 1256 Briarcliff
Rd. There is ample parking close to the building. Alternatively,
you may take the Emory shuttle (Route A). The shuttle leaves
every 20 minutes from the main campus and is a 5- to 10-minute
ride. Route A shuttle stops are located at the corner of Asbury
Circle and Pierce Drive, along Pierce Drive, and in front of
the Administration Building. For the shortest travel time, board
the shuttle in front of the B. Jones Center.
Please tell the receptionist at the front window
that you are here for the MARIAL Center lecture.