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Kalamazoo Living History Show

Anachronistic Accoutrements Abound at the Kalamazoo Living History Show

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 36th Annual Kalamazoo Living History Show.  The attendees in anachronistic costumes wandered the halls of the fairgrounds, attended history seminars and other panels, bought, sold, traded, identified and appraised antiques and replicas, and generally had fun in Kalamazoo, Michigan.


The theme of this years show was, “War Drums, Intrigue, Prophecy, and Trembling Earth Enemies Born Again for the War of 1812.”   The seminars focussed on the battles of Tippecanoe, Fort Wayne, and Fort Recovery with discussion of the Colonial American, British, and Native American aspects of the battles and how they related to the War of 1812.

Wares being bought, sold, and traded included cloth and leather goods, hatchets, axes, and knives, black powder rifles and related products, beads, books, blankets and many other items.

For more photos check out my Kalamazoo Living History Gallery.

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Readers Comments (2)

  1. Whaaaa???

    Did I miss a belly dancer???

    I had fun but a belly dancer would have topped it off nicely!

  2. John, thanks for taking such great photos of the show! I love them! Hope you had fun wandering through pirates, War of 1812 soldiers, knights in chain mail, Native reenactors, and French Belly Dancers (you’ll have to get a picture of her sometime)! We are a group of people who truly love history, and love to dress up in fun period clothing. I hope you can come visit us next March 17-18, 2012!

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