Hardcore, n. A flavor of reenactor so obsessed with authenticity that he seems more interested in being right than in history. He is easily identified in one or more of the following ways: he has commitment issues, never staying with one group for too long; believes that putting his health at risk makes him more authentic; thinks the way he reenacts is the best and only way; judges other reenactors’ character by their stitch count; able to use research as a weapon instead of a tool; he is bitchy about other men’s clothes.

Essentially, except for the weapons discussions, the hardcore reenactor sounds a lot like a drag queen.

About T.H. Gray

T.H. Gray is the self-appointed court jester and Dr. Demento for the history museum field. A lifelong museum professional and reenactor, he is a graduate of the prestigious Peale-Barnum Public History Museum Studies Program. Until 2011, when the AHS hired him away, he was on staff at the Benjamin Dover Memorial Museum & Swimming Pool ("Our History is All Wet!"). He remembers when museums were still about history, science, and art. BTW, all of these posts say they are by T.H. Gray because he can't turn off the byline. Credit, when due, is given. View all posts by T.H. Gray

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