The SCA 50 Year Celebration has begun in the Barony of Sternfeld, Middle Kingdom!

Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann, Baroness of the Debatable Lands, is there and sends us photos of the SCA History display. Each kingdom has a display area with items from banners and crowns to clothing and armor. Let’s begin at the beginning…

First event flyer

The flyer for the first SCA event, organized by (now-Countess) Diana Listmaker.

1967 event flyer

A sample flyer for the first year’s events. This one dates from March, 1967

Diana Listmaker's first tunic

Gown worn by Diana Listmaker at the first tournament. She notes that it was made of flannel because she expected to need it for only one tournament, and then use it as a nightgown afterward.

Very old armor

Examples of very early SCA armor.

early TIS

Early issues of Tournaments Illuminated

old helmets

Early SCA helmets and a cap of maintenance.

The slideshow below has photos of the historic displays of each participating kingdom.

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There is also a display of historical scrolls. Here are the ones sent by Æthelmearc.

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Various artisans have made works in celebration of the SCA’s 50th anniversary. Perhaps the most impressive is an embroidered history of the entire Society in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry, created by Lady Jadwiga Wlodzislawska of the Middle Kingdom.  Years in the making,  the completed tapestry is on display at the SCA 50 Year event in the photo below, or you can get an up close look at the tapestry on Lady Jadwiga’s website.

50 Year Bayeux tapestry history

Other artisans have also rendered SCA history in beautiful ways, as shown in the photos below.

Check back over the coming week for more news from the SCA 50 Year Celebration!