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  • Over 10,000 expected for Kalamazoo’s 40th year of Living History

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    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.

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    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 them 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!

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  • Civil unrest over takes a quiet village at Charlton Park, Michigan

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    2014 © by Janice Graczyk
    2014 © by Janice Graczyk

    Today, July 19, 2014, the Civil War returned to Charlton Park in Hastings, Michigan.  The annual Civil War muster is set in beautiful Charlton park where 18th century buildings have been moved and it provides a beautiful, historically accurate village for the Civil War reenactors to stage battles and demonstrations of Civil War tactics, strategies, and medicine.

    2014 © by Janice Graczyk
    2014 © by Janice Graczyk

    Today the scenario involved a quiet, southern village whose peace was interupted by an invasion of Yankees.  Canons roared and rifles flared causing the peaceful villagers to flee in terror as the troops came marching in from the east and the cavalry rode in from the west to face them off in the initial confrotation.  More troops marched in from both sides and the town square became a battle ground.

    2014 © by Janice Graczyk
    2014 © by Janice Graczyk

    Many soldiers fell today from the vicious fighting but at the end both sides rose again to fight tomorrow as another day in a Civil War Valhalla.  After the northern soldiers marched and rode past the cheering crowd the troops from Dixie formed rank and fired a volley and then charged the crowd to give them the feel of the battle.  Fortunately they stopped at the road and didn’t continue to the relief of the spectators.

    2014 © by Janice Graczyk
    2014 © by Janice Graczyk

    After the battle there was a demonstration of field medicine with the Dr. performing an amputation of one of the soldiers legs for the viewing pleasure of the audience.  Dr. J. J. Bandit, aka “The Butcher”, explained the medical theory of the time.  They believed that infection was a part of the healing process.  The thick, white pus was a sign a wound would heal properly.  Alternately, the thin, green issue was a sign that a would would likely result in the the soldiers death.  Fortunately, in this case, the soldier’s leg grew back in time for another demonstration.

    2014 © by Janice Graczyk
    2014 © by Janice Graczyk

    At the moment the Gas & Steam Barn Dance is just starting.  At 9 p.m. there is an evening lantern walk where the tours will be starting from the barn dance and will procede through different stations in the village where those in the tour will witness the comanders discussing tactics for tomorrows battles and will visit the injured and dying in the infirmery.

    2014 © by Janice Graczyk
    2014 © by Janice Graczyk

    The show will return tomorrow at 9 a.m. with the opening of suttlers row for all to shop for antiques, reproductions, and lots of high quality, hand made goods.  If you are in the Southern Michigan area head on over for the Civil War Reenactment in Hastings or stop by the Olde World Village and visit as the BlackRock Medieval Summerfest continues their show and drop by and visit with The Weird Review‘s very own Lillian Fox as she puts in a presence at another, otherwhen.

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