Living pieces of history: SCA History Night at Pennsic

By Sgt. Azrael ben Shemhazai

Hard as it may be to believe, we’re coming up on 40 years since the backyard party at Berkeley May 1, 1966, that marks the founding of the Society for Creative Anachronism. And in that time, just as in the Real Middle Ages, we in the Current Middle Ages have developed an impressive treasure trove of history, stories and adventures. And along with those stories we have our relics — real, physical evidence of days gone by.

To commemorate this upcoming Ruby Anniversary, the Middle Kingdom Historian’s Office will be sponsoring the First Annual SCA History Night at Pennsic XXXIV. Date and time have yet to be determined, though we’re expecting it to be in the evening sometime in the middle of War Week.

We invite participants and interested parties from all over the Known World to bring themselves, their stories, and their relics of times gone by so that we might all revel in our shared heritage. Attendees can expect spirited discussions and memories of the old days, a slide show/photo display of early Midrealm events, and a display of various items of interest.

This will also mark the first public display of the Middle Kingdom Reliquary, a semi-permanent traveling exhibit of great relics from the Midrealm’s collective past, whether they be carpet armor and freon helms from another age of fighting or legendary artifacts such as the sword carved from solid wood Duke Moonwulf carried to his first event.

It is our hope that this gathering inspires similar reliquaries and interest in SCA history around the Known World — and if it goes over well, you can certainly expect a Second Annual History Night at Pennsic XXXIV, right at the peak of the Society’s 40th Anniversary jubilee!

Lady Meliora Leuedai de Ardescote, Midrealm Historian, and Sgt. Azrael ben Shemhazai, Curator of the Reliquary, will be seeking out Midrealm relics at various events over the summer and beyond. Scrolls, armor, weapons, regalia, or any other significant elements of days past – all are welcome! And if there’s a story attached to the relic, so much the better. Lady Meliora will be at Baron Wars, Rose Tourney and Border War, and Azrael will be at Border Raids and Simple Day.

If you have something you wish to loan to the Reliquary, have any general questions about the project or the History Night, or wish to offer your services (we’ll be needing relic holders and displays, after all!) to this project, please contact Azrael at ppogue@nuvo.net or Meliora at sandymsmith@gmail.com.

Much more information and specifics will be forthcoming as the History Night and Reliquary concepts grow, so please watch this space for future developments!

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