This weekend the Kalamazoo Living History Show will celebrate its fortieth year. As in recent years, the owner, Leslie Martin Conwell, is anticipating over 10,000 in attendance. Over 270 artists, craftsmen, exhibitors, and vendors of ware will set up at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center on the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds 2900 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan. The show is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday March 21 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2015. Admission is $7 for one day or $10 for both days and free for children 12 and under when with a parent.
Whether you are a Living History participant, antique collector, steampunk, or just like fun, historical collectibles, the Kalamazoo Living History Show, the largest, indoor living history event east of the Mississippi, is an event that is well worth the trip with hundreds of booths to shop for crafts, art, clothes, jewelry, books and other pre-1890 living history supplies.
There will be hundreds of folks dressed for the period from Native Americans and frontiersmen and women to military men from the Civil War and earlier.
This year the show’s theme is “Rangers Lead the Way – The American Ranger Tradition” and the featured speaker will be Lieutenant Colonel Danny Davis, Ph.D. Retired. Lieutenant Colonel Davis will speak on the rich history of the American Ranger from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War and beyond. Tim and Terry Todish will be presenting on “wilderness Warriors of the French and Indian War.”
Additionally the Bush Native American Drum and Dance and the SouthEastern WaterSpider Drum groups will be performing traditional Native American music and dance. So you don’t need a modified DeLorean to drop back in time a century or two this weekend and check out the beautiful costumes, crafts, and cultural exhibits at the Kalamazoo Living History show!