2020 Show

Future Shows

March 20-21, 2021

[Download the 2020 show brochure]


The show consulted with the Expo Center and our vendors about the status of the show for 2021. The Expo Center is currently not able to host events due to COVID 19, and it is uncertain how long this will be the case. The show was offered alternative dates in July 2021 that weren’t currently booked at the Expo Center. We consulted with show vendors via Zoom and email to get their input. The overwhelming majority opinion of the vendors was to focus on doing the show in March 2022.

The show will not be held until a vaccine is widely available to all and social distancing protocols allow a large show to take place with minimal impact on the show, vendors, and the public. Looking ahead, it looks like restrictions will be in place until at least summer. Most of the logistics of the Expo Center layout and mapping are out of the show's control and the Expo Center’s control. It is subject to government and board of health regulations and restrictions.

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our visitors and vendors. Therefore, after consulting with the Expo Center and show vendors and getting their input, the decision has been made that there will be no show in 2021. We will see you all March 19-20, 2022!

Rick Conwell and Leslie Martin Conwell
Kalamazoo Living History Show owners

45th Kalamazoo Living History Show™
March 21-22, 2020

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 21-22, 2020, 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 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. 

Program Theme of the 45th 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.

*George Winter, 1829

Native American Cultural Presentations 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 presentations are eloquent expressions of vibrant, contemporary cultures.

Program times will be posted on our website several weeks prior to the show.

Contact Information

For 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.

March 21-22, 2020

Saturday 9-5

Sunday 9-4

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


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

Fluer du le

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.