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March 21-22, 2020

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 176-17 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

“A Kind of Continual Miracle” - Benjamin Franklin

Agriculture, from the Native "3-Sisters" production technique to modern mechanized farming, is inextricably woven into American 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. The 2019 Kalamazoo Living History Show takes a look at historic agriculture, from early colonial food production methods and historic farm techniques to the modern "Farm to Table" movementand heritage breeds of animals. We are also proud to welcome Hassan Davis, an authority on York of the Lewis and Clark Expedition!

ROOM B
Schedule of Events

Saturday, March 16th Sunday, March 17th
9:30

"Discover York - Black Explorer of the Lewis & Clark Expedition"

Presenter: Hassan Davis

9:30

"Solar Power Down on the Farm"

Presenter: Jim Slining

10:30

"American Food Security - A Changing Definition"

Presenters: Debra A. Reid, PhD. and Jim Slining

10:30

"Discover York - Black Explorer of the Lewis & Clark Expedition"

Presenter: Hassan Davis

11:30

"The Tools that Built American Barns"

Presenter: Michael Yazel

11:30

"When Nature's Vegetables become 'Weeds' - Foraging to Supplement Food Supplies"

Presenter: Debra A. Reid, PhD

12:30

"Raising Heritage Breed Poultry"

Presenter: Lauren Reed

12:30

"American Food Security - A Changing Definition"

Presenters: Debra A. Reid, PhD. and Jim Slining

1:30

"Solar Power Down on the Farm"

Presenter: Jim Slining

1:30

"The Tools that Built American Barns"

Presenter: Michael Yazel

2:30

"When Nature's Vegetables become 'Weeds' - Foraging to Supplement Food Supplies"

Presenter: Debra A. Reid, PhD

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

CHILDRENS’ ACTIVITIES

Many ongoing activities will be provided for children all day, each day, including bead stringing, fur trading, coloring, “Spur Stompin’ Stampede,” 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

The Making of “Maggie Delaney: Her Story”

Carol Jarboe portrays Maggie Delaney, an Irish indentured servant who gains passage to the new world, only to lose her family in the process.  Carol and Frank Jarboe have teamed up with the folks at Townsends to film the telling of this story. Rick and Hillary Wagner of Jim’s Red Pants wrote an album of music inspired by the tale. Come hear about this new video!

Saturday- 12:30 p.m

Enjoy Fife and Drum music of the 1812 era, played by

1st Regiment Volunteers, Corp of Music

Saturday- 2:30 p.m

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

Saturday
11:00- “Native American Stories” Weeya Smith
2:00- “Eating Local, Farm to Fork, and Super Bowl Chef- Agritourism Today”- Lauren Reed
3:30- “Stepping into the Unknown with Meriwether Lewis” Skip Jackson as Meriwether Lewis

Sunday
11:00- “Insurance for Living History- How Modern Day Issues Impact Events”- Leslie Martin Conwell
12:30- “Native American Stories”- Weeya Smith
2:00- “Stepping into the Unknown with Meriwether Lewis” - Skip Jackson as Meriwether Lewis


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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