Chicago festival brings together reenactors from many eras

At a hotel in Arlington Heights, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, SCA members joined reenactors from other times from Roman to mid-20th century at Reenactor Fest: A Convention for the Ages. Chicago's Beacon News reporter Mike Dahaney has the story.

While many Americans stayed home to watch the Superbowl, others gathered to watch colonial ladies and gentlemen dance, or to examine replica (or authentic) weapons carried by World War I "doughboys", or to learn what it was like to be a member of the English Coldstream Guard.

The quoted number for SCA membership of 126,000 is wildly inaccurate, but overall the article paints a favorable picture of historical reenactment as a hobby. The event, which was open to the public as a way to showcase (and recruit for) living history groups, is planned to become an annual occurrence.

Reenactor Fest was the brainchild of Mike Boller, an enthusiastic World War II reenactor.