Isn't that an oxymoron?
Living hostory, or re-enacting, is a hobby that keeps the past alive. Folks from all backgrounds (economic, educational, age, etc.) get together and learn about a particular era, share knowledge, dress in funny clothes, and do their best to act like they're actually living that era.
I've been re-enacting since 1988. I first relived the middle ages, then the American Civil War, and now the American Revolution. I was mildly interrested in history when I began, and I'm still no history buff, but the glory of re-enacting is that you can bring in whatever you are interrested in! For me, my love in this hobby is music, both the role of a musician in an army and the songs people sang at the time.
Revolutionary War..........Civil War..........Music