The Ray Prosteen Memorial Reenacting Event Calendar FAQ

What is the Ray Prosteen Memorial Reenacting Event Calendar?
How do I post an event to this calendar?
How are events organized in this calendar?
What is an Immersion Event?
What is a Semi-Immersion Event?
What is a Living History?
What is a Battle Reenactment?
What is a March?
What is a Conference?
What is a Parade?

What is the Ray Prosteen Memorial Reenacting Event Calendar?

It is simply a listing of 19th and early 20th Century (1800 to 1920) events involving individuals who portray civilians and soldiers from that period. This calendar is intended to document reenacting events to support better communication and coordination within the reenacting community.

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How do I post an event to this calendar?

To add your reenacting event (1800 to 1920) to this calendar, send an email to events@rayprosteencalendar.info and send the following event information: 1) Event Name; 2) Event Dates; 3) Time Period; 4) Event Type; and 5) Point of Contact Email, If you have a Website or Forum URL that will be gladly accepted and posted.

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How are events organized in this calendar?

The events are organized by the time period they portray and by the primary type of activity planned.

The categories for time period are available as segregated calendars linked for the following periods: War of 1812 (1805-1825); Expansion (1825-1850); Civil War (1850-1870); Indian Wars (1870-1890); Spanish-American War (1890-1905); and World War I (1905-1925).

The activity categories are identified by colors and the description of each category are linked in this list: 1) Immersion; 2) Semi-Immersion; 3) Living History; 4) Battle Reenactment; 5) Marches; 6) Conferences; and 7) Parades.

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What is an Immersion Event?

An Immersion event is where the primary focus is on the participants being fully immersed in the time period and the activity. To qualify as an Immersion event, there must be no planned interaction with the public. Immersion events can be static or moving. A recent example of a moving immersion event is the "Bummers" event that occurred in Georgia in October 2009. An example of a static Immersion event is "Rise of the First" that occurred at Fort Snelling, MN in April 2011

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What is a Semi-Immersion Event?

A Semi-Immersion event is where the primary focus is on the participants being immersed in the time period and activity, however due to site requirements there is either probable or planned interaction with public or spectators. These can be static or moving and may be integrated in another event. An example of a static Semi-Immersion event is the series of "Secession" events held at Historic Westville in Lumpkin, GA in 2008, 2010 and 2012 where the town was populated by reenactors immersed in their first person portayals, however there was unplanned and planned interaction with the spectators. An example of a moving Semi-Immersion event would be the Murray's Brigade Campaigner Adjunct to the Blue-Gray Alliance Gettysburg Reenactment in 2013 where a group of 400+ Federal Reenactors immersed themselves in performing as a Brigade on Campaign and coordinated with the larger event.

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What is a Living History?

A Living History is an event where the primary focus is providing a historical portrayal for spectators. In most cases these are static events in designated areas.

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What is a Battle Reenactment?

A Battle Reenactment is an event where there is planned engagements between opposing forces and the primary purpose is to provide spectators the opportunity to witness the engagement and the to view the reenactors in their camps.

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What is a March?

A March is an event where the primary purpose is for the participants to march a specific distance or route. This may be done for reasons ranging from Historic Preservation, through battlefield studies, to pure and simple exercise. An example of this is the series of Remembrance Day Preservation Marches where the purpose is to march the battlefield of Gettysburg and remember the sacrifice of the soldiers and civilians on the field.

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What is a Conference?

There are several different Historical Conferences covering many different subjects in Historical Interpretation and Reenacting. In general conferences are gatherings where a particular subject or subject area is discussed in detail and activites planned to further the education of Historical Interpreters or Reenactors.

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What is a Parade?

I would like to think this is self explanatory. But for the sake of completeness and clarity, a Parade is an event where the primary purpose is to march for spectators. The annual Gettysburg Remembrance Day Parade coordinated by the Sons of Union Veterans and the Sons of Confederate Veterans is an example.

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