History isn’t just something in a boring book. It’s how we got here. The long and winding path humanity walked down that led us to right now. If you’ve ever been curious about the Middle Ages or the Renaissance, ever wondered what it was like to live during that time, ever dreamed of knights, kings, queens, and noble deeds…then you might just belong with us. We are the Society for Creative Anachronism, and we make history come alive. The SCA is an international organization devoted to the research and re-creation of pre-seventeenth century skills, arts, combat, and culture. We don’t just dress up and call each other “milord” and “milady.” We spend our weekends living in a shared world where chivalry, honor, and the pageantry of royalty are real things you can see and touch and experience for yourself. We do combat, we dance, we sing, we create art, we serve; we build a little refuge from the stresses and conflicts of the modern era based on nobility, honor, and respect for one another. Rank and titles in the SCA are earned entirely within the Society, not granted based on who you are in the modern world. If this sounds like a place you might want to be, come and check us out.

The SCA is divided into regional groups we call “kingdoms,” each led by Royal Sovereigns who have achieved those titles through their own merit. Iowa (except for the Quad Cities area), Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and the Fayatteville area of Arkansas comprise the Kingdom of Calontir. Within Calontir there are a number of local groups such as baronies, shires, and cantons. Iowa itself supports a Barony in Des Moines, a Canton in the Ames area, and a number of Shires around the state. For a weekend event near you, browse the Kingdom Calendar. We’re excited that you’re interested in the SCA, and we can’t wait to meet you at an event. As Shakespeare wrote, “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” You may be a Peer of the Realm or even of Royal Blood: join us and find your own path to destiny!

Upcoming Events

There are many activities and events hosted by the local chapters of the Society for Creative Anachronism in Iowa and the local region in the next few months.  New members are always welcome at events and meetings around the state.

Local Meetings, Classes and Fighter Practices

Local meetings are held around the state hosted by the various local chapters of the SCA.  These are open to the public and guests are welcome to check out and attend our meetings to learn more about our hobby.

You are not required to wear historic costumes at our local meetings even when our members do.  It is generally advised to attend a fighter practice or archery practice to learn about the requirements to participate before joining in.  But our fighter and archery marshals are always ready to welcome more members

To find out where your closest local meeting is just contact us for more information and we can put you in contact with the group.

Winter Event Update

Twelfth Night – Omaha, NE – Jan. 5, 2019

After the family gatherings are done and the New Year is rung in, Twelfth Night is a good SCA event to start off your year.  It is held in Omaha, NE, so it is an easy drive for many of the SCA members in Iowa.  Held at Westside Community Schools Community Conference Center, it is a one day event featuring fighting, meetings, court and other activities.  There are often merchants and Arts and Science competitions. 

For more information follow the link on the Kingdom calendar or go here – https://lonelytower.org/event/twelfth-night-2019/

Winter Coronation – Wichita, KS – Jan. 12, 2019

Coronations are held twice each year.  They are the events where the current King and Queen step down and the current prince and princess are crowned to become the new king and queen to serve for six months. This coronation is a very long drive for many of our SCA Iowa members.

These events tent to be grand shows of ceremony and display.  People will commonly wear their nicer historic costumes and bring items of heraldic display.

This is a single day event where people arrive in the morning, attend the morning court, take classes, look at the displays and talk to people during the day, attend afternoon court and then leave site in the late afternoon.

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask us and we can try to find you the information you need.

Some of the Members of the SCA in Iowawill instead be at the public library in Cedar Rapids at a recruitmentopportunity and Demo.  Feel free to comeand talk to us at the Library and learn more about the SCA.  

Winter War Maneuvers – Lincoln, NE – Jan. 26, 2019

Winter War Maneuvers is held each year near Lincoln NE to provide fighters a chance to practice large group fighting during the cold months of winter.

This is a single day event where peoplearrive in the morning, fight during the day and then leave site in the lateafternoon. If you have any other questions, feel free toask us and we can try to find you the information you need.

Clothiers Seminar – Kansas City, MO – Feb. 2, 2019

Clothiers Seminar is a symposium with classes running all day covering various topics of clothing and costuming. These classes can cover all ranges of skill, cultures and time periods.  Some of the classes may be lecture based others could be hands on projects.  Most of the classes have no fee to attend beyond the site fee (about $15 for non-members.)

There is a lunch inn followed by a parade of historic costumes.

This is a single day event where people arrive in the morning, take classes, look at the displays and talk to people during the day, generally attend court and then leave site in the late afternoon.

If you have any other questions, feelfree to ask us and we can try to find you the information you need.

Queen’s Prize Tournament – St. Joseph, MO – Feb. 9, 2019

Castle Bridge Event Center, 8403 B Highway 59 South, Saint Joseph, MO 64504

Queens Prize Tournament is one of the big opportunities for the people in our Kingdom to show off the things they make and do.  The easiest way to explain it to new members is that it is like an old style science fair where people can display and talk about their latest projects.  This means people can walk around and talk to different people working on different things.  you can see what they are doing, learn about different areas of the Arts and Sciences being explored in the Kingdom and talk directly to the people doing the exploring.

You will see entries made by people of all ages and all skill levels.  Many members of the SCA in Iowa will participate and many more will travel the short distance down to Saint Joseph, MO to see all the different things people come up with.  Queens Prize is a great first event for new members who like to learn about history by making and doing. If you would like to learn more about attending Queens Prize, ask your local group members or contact us on here.