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March 17-18, 2018

42nd Kalamazoo Living History Show™
March 18-19, 2017

More than 10,000 historical re-enactors, history enthusiasts, collectors and the general public from the United States and Canada are expected to attend the 42nd annual Kalamazoo Living History Show™.  The juried, nationally recognized show is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 18-19 2017, at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds, 2900 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan.   The show attracts over 270 of the finest artisans and vendors of pre-1890 living history supplies and related crafts from throughout the United States and Canada.  Other highlights include children’s activities, Native American dancing and singing, and many artisans who will demonstrate their crafts. 

The Kalamazoo Living History Show™ is open to the general public Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Admission is $7.00 for a single day adult pass; $10.00 for a weekend adult pass.  Children 12 years of age and under admitted free when accompanied by a parent. 

Those interested in being a vendor at the show are invited to contact kalamazoolivinghistoryshow@gmail.com for an application.

Theme of the 42nd Annual Kalamazoo Living History Show™ Announced

“The Feminine Frontier: Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History”

About the Theme

An old saying is that behind every great man there is a woman. From Helen of Troy to Annie Oakley, the contributions of great women have often been overshadowed or overlooked in the annals of time.

This year, the 42nd annual Kalamazoo Living History Show™ offers a chance to meet a select few of these great women, as we explore a range of historical and modern women from indentured servants of colonial times, Native women, to present day historical business owners, shooting sports officials, and event organizers.

Native American Drumming and Dance a Highlight of the Show

Members of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi Indians, the Bush Native American Drum and Dance tell the story of their People through their outstanding drumming, singing, and dancing.  Also featured will be SouthEastern WaterSpider Drum. These groups perform at many powwows, and their music and dance are eloquent representations of vibrant cultures.

The Feminine Frontier:
Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History*

ROOM B
Schedule of Events

Saturday, March 18th Sunday, March 19th
10:00

"Sacagawea - The Woman and the Myth"

Presenter: Michael E. Dotson

9:30

"Bound Away - One Woman's Journey As an Indentured Servant"

Presenter: Carol "Maggie" Jarboe

11:15

"Journey of Jewelry and Accoutrements 1750-1865"

Presenter: Suzanne Brodnix Hoelscher

10:45

"All Kidding Aside - A Brief Look Into the Elegant Art of Riding Aside"

Presenter: Annie Metz Faulkner

12:30

"All Kidding Aside - A Brief Look Into the Elegant Art of Riding Aside"

Presenter: Annie Metz Faulkner

12:00

"Mrs. Lydia B. Bacon - Wife, Traveler, and Prisoner"

Presenter: Andrea Logsdon

1:45

"Lewis and Clark, Sacagawea, and the Discovery Family"

Presenter: Peyton C. "Bud" Clark

1:15

"Reenactor Peril!"
Test your history knowledge at this quiz show!

3:00

"Bound Away - One Woman's Journey As an Indentured Servant"

Presenter: Carol "Maggie" Jarboe

3:00

"Journey of Jewelry and Accoutrements 1750-1865"

Presenter: Suzanne Brodnix Hoelscher

The Kalamazoo Living History Show™ would like to thank the presenters for sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm with all of us!

* Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Room A

Need a place to sit and rest?
Go to Room A and relax, while enjoying concessions

CHILDRENS’ ACTIVITIES

Many ongoing activities will be provided for children all day, each day, including bead stringing, fur trading, coloring, “Spur Stompin’ Stampede,” and “Rootin’ Rootin’ Rodeo Ropin!” All activities are FREE.

Activities are designed for children 12 years and younger. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Enjoy music played by Rick and Hillary Wagner of Jim's Red Pants in Room A!

PERIOD CHURCH SERVICE

Sunday- 1:30 p.m. - Led by Parson John of Parson John’s Living History

NATIVE AMERICAN DRUMMING AND DANCING

Saturday- 11:30 a.m., Sunday- 2:30 p.m.
SouthEastern WaterSpider Drum

SouthEastern WaterSpider is a Native American Drum group dedicated to the culture of the Woodland American Indian tribes of the Northeast and Southeast United States.

Saturday- 1:30 p.m., Sunday- 11:30 a.m.
Bush Native American Drum and Dance

Members of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi, the Bush Native American Drum and Dance tell the story of their People through their drumming, singing, and dancing.

Room C

LECTURES & LEARNING

We welcome members of the Ohio River Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation as speakers on the Lewis and Clark Expedition!

Saturday

10:30- "Mrs. Lydia B. Bacon - Wife, Traveler, and Prisoner" - Andrea Logsdon

12:30- "Native American Stories"- Weeya Wakee Smith

2:00- "Buckskins, Guns, and Sharp Pointy Thingees - A Modern Woman's Career in Living History" - Leslie Martin Conwell

Sunday

10:30- "Sacagawea - The Woman and the Myth" - Michael E. Dotson

11:30- "Native American Stories"- Weeya Wakee Smith

12:30- "Buckskins, Guns, and Sharp Pointy Thingees - A Modern Woman's Career in Living History" - Leslie Martin Conwell

2:00- "Lewis and Clark, Sacagawea, and the Discovery Family" Presenter: Peyton C. "Bud" Clark

For more information about the Kalamazoo Living History Show™, contact Leslie Martin Conwell, P.O. Box 2214, West Lafayette, IN 47996, telephone 765.563.6792, kalamazoolivinghistoryshow@gmail.com, www.KalamazooShow.com.

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