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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 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

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

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,,

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