Your observations are probably correct. If younger people and non whites avoid Civil War reenacting, this could bring down the number of reenactors. I would guess some units do find finding younger members while some units are less successful.I find this to be an important topic, even though it is far from my pervue. This year during the Gettysburg anniversary, the Sacred Trust lectures have been eliminated. To understand the scope for this loss, we only need to note that a huge supply of our discussion videos come from this source. A source of outreach for our hobby (the Civil War in a larger sense) has been extinguished. I wonder if this sort of contraction makes its way to the reenacting ranks. Is there any connection? (More of a rhetorical musing on my part) When one does view these lectures, the demographic is shockingly.....White, in both hair color and ethnicity. Are reeinactors breaking this barrier? Anyhow, thanks for this discussion.
Playing at wars still in living memory is just too weird. Playing at ancient wars or at least those gone from living memory seems far less insensitive and has a sense of fantasy missing from playing at being in the Waffen SS.It is posable that younger people are switching to World War Two and Vietnam.
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