SCA: "We play very, very hard"

History came alive recently at the El Paso Museum of History when members of the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism hosted a living history event featuring combat, calligraphy and poetry. (photo) David Burge of the El Paso Times has the story.

"Just on the fighting part alone, you can experience a great deal of entertainment," SCA member Roy Conrad said. "We play very, very hard. We love it when people ask questions. We spend a lot of time on our equipment and our skills." Combat wasn't the only skill on display at the demo, however. Members presented classes on calligraphy and poetry as well.

Sue Taylor, senior education curator at the El Paso Museum of History, said events like this make history come alive. "Our job is to promote history; it's not a dead subject," she said. "It's one thing to read about it; it's another to see it up close and personal."