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March 16-17, 2019

43rd Kalamazoo Living History Show™
March 17-18, 2018

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 43rd annual Kalamazoo Living History Show™.  The juried, nationally recognized show is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 17-18 2018, 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 43rd Annual Kalamazoo Living History Show™ Announced

“The Battle of Fallen Timbers 225th Anniversary Commemoration”

About the Theme

The 1783 treaty signed between Great Britain and the new United States to end the American Revolution gave the U.S. paper title to a vast tract of land Northwest of the Ohio. Subsequent attempts to establish control of the region led to the destruction of two American armies at the hands of a great Native alliance. President Washington then selected General Anthony Wayne to create a new American army from the ground up. In 1794, Wayne’s Legion scored this country’s first post – revolutionary military victory at the Battle of Fallen Timbers.

The 2018 Kalamazoo Living History Show proudly welcomes members of the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Preservation Commission as featured presenters to share their expertise on that event as we approach its 225th anniversary.

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 Battle of Fallen Timbers
225th Anniversary Commemoration

ROOM B
Schedule of Events

Saturday, March 17th Sunday, March 18th
10:00

"Native American Stories"

Presenter: Weeya Smith

9:30

"Native American Stories"

Presenter: Weeya Smith

11:15

"Forgotten Fortress - the Story of Fort Miamis"

Presenter: David Westrick

10:45

"Undaunted Treason - the Rise and Fall of General James Wikinson"

Presenter: Gary Foreman

12:30

"Undaunted Treason - the Rise and Fall of General James Wikinson"

Presenter: Gary Foreman

12:00

"Native Americans at the Battle of Fallen Timbers"

Presenter: Jamie J. Oxendine

1:45

"Native Americans at the Battle of Fallen Timbers"

Presenter: Jamie J. Oxendine

1:15

"Reenactor Peril!"
Test your history knowledge at this quiz show!

3:00

"Bound Away - One Woman's Journey As an Indentured Servant"

Presenter: Carol "Maggie" Jarboe

3:00

Forgotten Fortress - the Story of Fort Miamis"

Presenter: David Westrick

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 “Rootin’ Rootin’ Rodeo Ropin!” All activities are FREE.

Activities are designed for children 12 years and younger. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Enjoy music played by Rick and Hillary Wagner of Jim's Red Pants in Room A!

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

Ouiatenon Voyageur Brigade Display

Members of the Ouiatenon Voyageur Brigade will have an educational fur trading display set up in Room C. Come on in and learn about the culture and lifestyles of the voyageur, the canoemen who transported furs and trade goods between Canada and “New France.”

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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