An engaging dialogue about the Fort Smith site, about the understanding of American frontier history, and ultimately, about how historical events and perceptions are adapted for current popular consumption.
--Illinois State University News
An interesting case study with good insights into some of the challenges that relying on cultural heritage tourism entails.
--Arkansas Historical Quarterly
Contributes meaningfully to the ongoing discussion of how Americans display and consume their complicated past.
--Journal of Southern History
Drops the "protective cloak of heritage" from the thousands of historical sites that profit from celebrating American manifest destiny. . . . From start to finish, Maher pairs the frontier complex and reality in ways that move beyond myth busting and instead ties both to changes in national discourse and the development of the tourist economy in the West.
--American Indian Quarterly
A fascinating and finely detailed examination of the construction and perpetuation of . . . the "frontier complex" at the Fort Smith, Arkansas historic site.
--Western Historical Quarterly
Warns of the dangers of reformulating frontier history into “mythic” tales that carry forth historical inaccuracies and varieties of power inequality. . . . One can only wish for makers and consumers of frontier heritage tourism to also take Mythic Frontiers to heart.
--Journal of American Folklore
An engaging and welcome addition to the field.
--Journal of Anthropological Research
Maher convincingly shows that elements of the frontier complex are enacted in the process of developing the interpretation of a heritage site as well as through watching western movies, playing cowboy and Indian, reenacting the past through living history events, and simply visiting a heritage site. . . . An important contribution to cultural heritage studies.
--Journal of Folklore Research