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March 19-20, 2022

46th Kalamazoo Living History Show™
March 19-20, 2022

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 45th annual Kalamazoo Living History Show™.  The juried, nationally recognized show is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20, 2022, at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds, 2900 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan.   The show attracts many 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 cultural programs, and 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. 

Theme of the 46th Annual Kalamazoo Living History Show

“The Painter Embodies Forth ... All the Heart Feels”*
- Artists and Naturalists on the American Frontier

Artists and naturalists shaped the world’s perception of the early American frontier. Without photography or electronic communications, the pencil and brush of frontier artists were indispensable in recording the indigenous peoples, plants and animals of this continent.

We owe a great debt to artists such as George Catlin and George Winter for their sensitive work with the Native people of North America, as well as naturalists like John and William Bartram and Thomas Say, who described and collected the exotic fauna and flora. Join the Kalamazoo Living History Show™ as we examine their roles in documenting and describing early America.

ROOM B
Schedule of Events

Saturday, March 19th Sunday, March 20th
9:30

 

9:30

"The Meaning & Uses of Wampum"

Presenter - Susan Minor

10:30

"The Prince, the Artist, & the Cowboy"

Presenters - Michael Dotson

10:30

"Mark Catesby & William Bartram"

Presenter - Ken Scott

11:30

"Mark Catesby & William Bartram"

Presenter - Ken Scott

11:30

"Glass Trader Beads: An Overview of Common Types and Uses in the 18th Century"

Presenter - Ward Oles

12:30

"Glass Trader Beads: An Overview of Common Types and Uses in the 18th Century"

Presenter - Ward Oles

12:30

"The Prince, the Artist, & the Cowboy"

Presenters - Michael Dotson

1:30

"Their Bearing is Noble & Proud"

Presenter - James F. O'Neil

1:30

"Their Bearing is Noble & Proud"

Presenter - James F. O'Neil

2:30

"The Meaning & Uses of Wampum"

Presenter - Susan Minor

2:30

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

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

Room A

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

In loving memory of staff member Jennifer Hardwick

Jennifer

July 30, 1976-January 24, 2022

CHILDRENS’ ACTIVITIES

Many ongoing activities will be provided for children all day, each day, including bead stringing, fur trading, coloring, and Lincoln Logs! All activities are FREE.

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

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- 12:30 p.m.
Anishinabé Kwé – Native American Women

Saturday- 1:30 p.m., Sunday- 11:30 a.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- 2:30 p.m., Sunday- 2:30 p.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.


For more information about the Kalamazoo Living History Show™, contact Leslie Martin Conwell, P.O. Box 2214, West Lafayette, IN 47996, telephone 765.201.5019, kalamazoolivinghistoryshow@gmail.com, www.KalamazooShow.com.

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