2019 Show
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March 16-17, 2019

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44th Kalamazoo Living History Show™
March 16-17, 2019

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 44th annual Kalamazoo Living History Show™.  The juried, nationally recognized show is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17, 2019, 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 44th Annual Kalamazoo Living History Show™ Announced

“A Kind of Continual Miracle” - Benjamin Franklin

Agriculture, from the Native "3-Sisters" production technique to modern mechanized farming, is inextricably woven into Americna history. The tools and methods related to the production, transportation, distribution and storage of agricultural products are as important as the rifle, knife and tomahawk to the story of this country. Thomas Jefferson said that "agriculture is our wisest pursuit... and in the end, contributes the most to real wealth, good morals and happiness."

With words that ring as true today as they did almost 300 years ago, Jefferson observed that "If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny." Farming and gardening, wisely done, can indeed add much to our individual health and independence.

The 2019 Kalamazoo Living History Show takes a look at historic agriculture, from Native food production methods abd historic farm techniques to the modern "Farm to Table" movement. We hope you'll join us as we plow some fertile new ground!

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.


March 16-17, 2019

Saturday 9-5

Sunday 9-4

ADMISSION AT THE DOOR:
Single Day - $7.00
Weekend Pass - $10.00

Children 12 and Under Admitted Free When Accompanied By An Adult

Kalamazoo County Expo Center
Kalamazoo County Fair Ground
2900 Lake Street, Kalamazoo Mi.
I-94, Exit 80, North

WELCOME

Dealers • Collectors • Educators • History Buffs
Historical Reenactors • Related Crafts Persons

Interior Decorators • General Public

Persons Attending Show In Pre-1890 Clothing Will Be Eligible For Door Prize


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The largest, nationally recognized, juried show in the Midwest devoted to pre-1890 original or reproduction living history supplies, accouterments and related crafts.  More than 10,000 historical re-enactors from pre-Revolutionary through the Civil War, history buffs, collectors, and the general public from 18 states and Canada come together for a festive weekend to buy, sell and trade.  The event attracts over 270 of the finest craftspeople and dealers of living history supplies and related crafts from throughout the United States. 

The Kalamazoo Living History Show was created in 1976 to bring history alive and entertain as well as expose the general public to some of the most fascinating times in our history.  Each year the focus of the show changes allowing various historical reenactment groups, organizations and individuals, dressed in period clothing, the opportunity to host the show and share their knowledge and enthusiasm of history with all of us.

Anyone attending the show in pre-1890 style clothing will be eligible for a drawing on a door prize.