Remembering the Dream: Collecting the Oral History of the SCA

Lady Lile Dubh inghean ui Mordha, of the East Kingdom, plans to chronicle the SCA's history by collecting stories.

It was Pennsic 25, my very first, that I wound up at a bardic circle on the edges of a wake for someone named Shadowmaker. Who was this person? I wondered.

In the years since then I have become very aware of the long and wonderful history of the Society for Creative Anachronism. I have sat and listened around campfires to the stories, the songs and the poems that people have made about people and events in the SCA. I have laughed and I have cried.

It is not enough, however, to tell these tales around campfires. History, our oral history, needs to be preserved in a more concrete way.

To this end I have set up an email drop for anyone who wishes to contribute a story from their neck of the Known World, be it something that happened two minutes ago, or something that happened at the First Tournament in 1966. Send me the funny bits about the new-made peer who did something stupid on his or her way out of court. Send me the "No **it, there I was" story about your best day on the listfield. Send me the sad stories about people who are no longer with us. Send me the stories of chivalry and courtesy when you least expected it. Send me the story about how your group got its name. Send me the story about the event where everything went wrong and people still had a good time. Eventually these will be organized into books and hopefully published for all SCAdians, present and future.

I am hoping to have the first of these books put together by our 40 year anniversary.

Please email: scastories@yahoo.com. Email text or MS Word attachments are preferred, or, request an address to send me a recording to transcribe.

In Service to the Dream for all SCAdians,
Lady Lile Dubh inghean ui Mordha
Residing in the Crown Province of Ostgardr Kingdom of the East