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March 20-21, 2021

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. 

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.

ROOM B
Schedule of Events

Saturday, March 21st Sunday, March 22nd
9:30

"Native American Stories"

Presenter - Weeya Smith

9:30

"Native American Stories"

Presenter - Weeya Smith

10:30

"Amazing Journey"

Presenter - Robert Griffing

10:30

"Mark Catesby & William Bartram"

Presenter - Ken Scott

11:30

"Mark Catesby & William Bartram"

Presenter - Ken Scott

11:30

"Amazing Journey"

Presenter - Robert Griffing

12:30

"The Prince, the Artist, and the Cowboy"

Presenter - Michael Dotson

12:30

"The Prince, the Artist, and the Cowboy"

Presenter - Michael Dotson

1:30

"The Meaning & Uses of Wampum"

Presenter - Susan Minor

1:30

"Painting on the Frontier"

Presenter - Mike Yazel

2:30

"Painting on the Frontier"

Presenter - Mike Yazel

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

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

GEORGE WINTER EXHIBIT

Several paintings by frontier artist George Winter will be on exhibit in Room C. The exhibit will be closed during the program times below. Programs will last approximately 45 minutes.

Saturday
2:30- “The Art of George Winter” Presented by Kelly Lippe

Sunday
11:00- “The Meaning and Uses of Wampum” Presented by Susan Minor
  2:00-“The Art of George Winter” Presented by Kelly Lippe

 

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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