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He attended Kettering University (Flint) and the Center for Creative Studies (Detroit).
spent more than twelve years researching the life of Pauline Cushman.
Civil War Preservation
What To Preserve? - By Bill ChristenCivil War PreservationCivil War News
...By Bill Christen
...Bill Christen is a retired automotive engineer who has taken up substitute elementary school teaching, among other things, since then.
Among the "other things," he
is the author of Pauline Cushman:Spy of the Cumberland (Edinborough Press) and has several other period projects in progress. He is publisher of The Watchdog, a quarterly journal focusing on the material and social culture of the third quarter of the 19th century.
-Craig L. Barry, is the author of "The Civil War Musket: A Handbook for Historical Accuracy, Lock, Stock, & Barrel" and was the co-editor of the Watchdog Civil War Quarterly (with Bill Christen) from 2003-2008.
He is also a member of the Book Review Staff of the "Civil War News".
Gone to soldiers
But Bill Christen, editor and publisher of The Watchdog, a quarterly journal for reenactors, puts the number between 20,000 and 25,000.
Most of them, he
says, are white males between the ages of 35 and 55, though the hobby is becoming more diverse, with several all-black units currently forming.
Though reenacting is still popular, Christen
says, participation has dropped from its peak of about 30,000, 15 years ago.He
attributes the decline in part to decreased energy as participants grow older, but also to the times."There's a real war going on," he
says, "and some people might think twice about playing soldier."
Formerly an automotive engineer for General Motors
for thirty-six years (retired in 2001), Bill now works as a substitute teacher (K-12) in Michigan.He attended Kettering University (Flint) and the Center for Creative Studies (Detroit).Bill spent more than twelve years researching the life of Pauline Cushman.