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Pennsic 40 History Display

So I should have written about this a while back, but better late than never.

2011 was the 40th Pennsic War, and since I help out the EK Historian, I decided to do a history display at Pennsic.  Since much of my time is spent working on my thesis, I was not able to dedicate as much time as I would have liked to the history display.  Even so, I think it came together pretty well.

The main things that I put together were a timeline of Pennsic, all 40 years, and a current map of the Known World that people could stick pins in where they are from.  The map I talked about in previous posts, and I got a lot of people stopping by to put pins in.  By the end of the display, I had every kingdom represented, except for Gleann Abhann, although I know there were people at Pennsic from that kingdom.  The timeline I was still working on as I was packing for Pennsic.  It should be noted that my husband is amazing, and he did a lot of the last minute gluing.  My husband doesn’t come to Pennsic (yet), but I sure put the poor man to work helping me get ready.

In addition, I had a number of old Pennsic newspapers, newsletters, photos, and maps.  Some people brought by additional items to display as well (photos, maps, old site tokens, etc.).  I was able to fill a pretty decent amount of space with the display, and it ran a good chunk of the length of the barn.

I was pretty worried that no one would stop by or have any interest in the display, but I had a steady stream of people stopping by all day.  It made my day when people came by and said they had been sent there by friends to see the display.  I also made a blank book and asked people to write down their favorite Pennsic memories and stories, and I got some great stories.  At some point, I will transcribe the stories and post them.

It was also pretty windy during the display, so I spent the first chunk of time having to rearrange things and come up with better ways to secure them.  I had brought some weights, but not enough for the kind of wind that we had that day.  Overall, I had a great time, and I am glad that I did it.  I hope people enjoyed the display

The Pennsic 40 History Display

The Pennsic 40 History Display

The history display from the other side

Pennsic 40 Timeline

The Known World Map with Pins at the Pennsic 40 History Display

2 comments to Pennsic 40 History Display

  • Hrefna Ulfvarinnsdottir

    I am so sorry that I missed this display. I took over as the Kingdom Historian for AEthelmearc In Janaury 2012. I am working a special project right now. Is the timeline accessible on line somewhere? I’d love to see it. Thanks.

  • Greetings. I am currently the EK Historian, and I will be putting together a project for A.S.50. The timeline isn’t available anywhere online, and I know there are some mistakes in it. I would be happy to email you a copy, especially if you can help me track down the mistakes. Send an email to historian AT eastkingdom DOT org If you ever want to discuss the history of our two groups, feel free to contact me.

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