This year my family and I were able to participate in a great living history event to honor the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans (which was fought on January 8th, 1815). We drove south through Nashville (where Andrew Jackson and many of his troops came from) and got to a recreated battlefield after two days on the road. My wife and one-year old son rode with me, and generally had a great time. We met up with other folks from our reenactment group, which recreates Captain Daniel Cushing's Company of the Second United States Regiment of Artillery, who hail from the Toledo, Ohio area.
Now, for those of you who are not familiar with living history events, for a big historical reenactment like this there can be politics at play. Often there are many different groups and organizations seeking to sponsor or host parallel events. New Orleans was no different. The National Park Service maintains the actual battlefield site (or what has not been trimmed off by the Mississippi River Levy and various industrial neighbors), and does not permit "opposing line tacticals", or battles in other words, on its sites. They hosted a living history encampment and invited reenactors to participate in ceremonies and demonstrations during the week, which culminated with events on the actual anniversary of the battle on Thursday.
A different set of non-government groups, led by the Louisiana Living History Association and the Seventh United States Infantry Living History organization, acquired a disused piece of land only a couple miles from the historical battlefield, in the New Orleans suburb of Chalmette. They had only recently cleared the land-- a boggy thicket-- and reconstructed a wood and dirt entrenchment similar to that which Jackson's men would have used. Since it was a private site, they were of course able to have battle reenactments on a suitable scale-- their aim was one sixth of the historical battle.