Modern Society

Areas of interest in the modern political, legal, economic, and technological worlds, where such items bear directly on the living history community

Ansteorra Firefighter Displays Tribute in NYC Museum

A hand-tooled, leather tribute created by Lord Mordane Garrett (Scot Wengland) is on display at the New York City Firefighters' Museum. Lord Mordane's work was commissioned by the Oklahoma City Fire Department as a tribute to a delegation of New York firefighters who helped with rescue in the Oklahoma City bombing and were subsequently killed in the September 11 bombing of the World Trade Center.

Reenactor Injured in Restaging of Battle of Northampton

British reenactor Kieran Robb was injured recently during a living history restaging of the 1460 Battle of Northampton. Robb was struck in the face and was reported in critical condition.

SCA Charitable Activity Database Created

Master Adam Stedefast, Deputy Society Seneschal, has announced that he will be creating a database to track charitable activity within the SCA. The deadline to report is July 31, 2005.

"Deed of Arms" at Pennsic to help fight children's leukemia

Lord Gilebert le braceeur de Dijon, a warrior in the Middle Kingdom, has announced a week-long "Deed of Arms" to raise funds to fight children's leukemia.

Stone Soup

Remember the children's tale about a neighborhood meal built around a pot of boiling water and a rock? Chiffon Staebler of Knight Ridder Newspapers looks at modern versions of the story and SCA practioners of it as well as the geological consequences of boiling rocks.

French Magazine Claims Turin Shroud a Fake

In its July 2005 issue, Science et Vie explains how an artist used medieval techiques to recreate the image on the cloth.

Quest for Cure for Children's Leukemia at Pennsic

Lord Gilbert le braceeur de Dijon has announced that he will do battle in a quest to end children's leukemia at the coming Pennsic War.

Librarian Roundtable at Pennsic

Jadwiga Zajaczkowa has announced that there will be a Librarians Roundtable at this year's Pennsic War.

Smithsonian Offering Celtic Series

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. is offering a summer series of concerts, films and lectures with a Celtic theme. The series runs June-July 2005.

Cellphone Tower Damages Japanese Burial Site

The construction of a cellphone tower near Osaka, Japan has seriously damaged a previsouly undisturbed sixth century tomb.

Young SCAdian Teaches Class to Middle Schoolers

Wulfric and Mihrimah of the Shire of Rockwall in Northshield report on a class taught recently by their daughter Aine for a Wisconsin middle school.

Roodee Highlights Roman Festival

A Roman Roodee, which includes chariot races and gladiator fights, has become a popular feature of Chester, England's Roman Festival. The event takes place June 25-26, 2005.

English DNA May Solve American Mystery

Is a skeleton found at colonial Jamestown, Virginia that of the colony's founder Capt. Bartholomew Gosnold? Scientists hope to solve the mystery by studying English DNA.

Ancient Britain Remapped

Ordnance Survey of Southampton, England, is set to release a new historical map of ancient Britain, complete with place names, roads and landmarks.

Pierpoint Morgan Library Digitalization Project

The Pierpont Morgan Library has released a massive collection of medieval manuscripts in digital form on its CORSAIR website.

Houston museum features "Middle Earth" exhibit

An article in the Galveston Daily News about the Middle Earth museum exhibit also talks about how SCAdians often have more than a passing interest in the works of Tolkien.

"Da Vinci Code" Banned from Westminster Abbey

Producers of the film version of Dan Brown's bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code have hit another roadblock. Officials of London's Westminster Abbey have refused to allow the production crew to film there.

Barenaked Shakespeare

Celeste Headlee of Detroit Public Radio reports on the Canadian rock group Barenaked Ladies' familiarity with the songs of William Shakespeare.

Minstrel Takes Beating to Help Orphans

An SCA member in Drachenwald (Europe) has announced his intention to fight one thousand fights at Pennsic War this year to help the Žirafka Orphanage in the Czech Republic. He has named this "The Fight for Kids Challenge".

Robert the Thunderous, Northshield Strongman

Isabella reports that Bigg Matt, known in the SCA as Viscount Robert the Thunderous, has been invited to compete in Pro-Nationals of the Strongman competition.

Graduate Student Researching Masters Thesis on the Pennsic War

Aelfwynn Leoflaede dohtor, a graduate student in Geography at Syracuse University, is looking for gentles attending the Pennsic War to complete a survey which will be used for her Masters Degree thesis.

"Spamalot" wins Tony Award for Best Musical, other categories

This just in... The broadway production Spamalot, based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail has won the 2005 Tony Award for "Best Musical," as well as garnering other honors.

Duct Tape Material of Choice for the Prom

Duck Brand Duct Tape has once again sponsored "Stuck at Prom," a duct tape promwear contest. The winners will receive scholarships.

"Tristan and Isolde" to be Released in February 2006

Producer Ridley Scott's dream project Tristan and Isolde, starring James Franco, Sophia Myles, and Rufus Sewell, has been scheduled for release in February 2006.

"Star Wars" fans injured emulating "lightsaber" sword fighting

In London, two fans of the Star Wars movie series tried to emulate combat with "lightsabers" and were critically injured in the process.

Incipient Shire of Wyndhame Seeks Help with Ren Faire Demo

Laird Stuart Joseph reports that the Incipient Shire of Wyndhame will be participating in the Vermont Renaissance Festival in Guilford, Vermont this summer and needs volunteers to help with crafts, fighting and fencing.

National Herb Garden Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The National Herb Garden in Washington, D.C. kicked off a six-month long celebration of its 25th anniversary May 21, 2005.

Google offers searching options

Not satisfied with boring, old language interface for your internet searching? Google offers a variety of interesting search language options such as Elmer Fudd.

Middle Eastern dancing gains popularity among Europeans

Once upon a time, almost all belly dancers were Middle Eastern, but now the art form is catching on in Europe, and some European-born dancers are bringing the dance full-circle by performing in the Middle East.

Ireland Okays Highway Near Hill of Tara

Overruling the protests of environmentalists and historians, the Irish government has approved construction of a highway that passing near the Hill of Tara, a popular meeting point for Irish kings and chieftains from pre-Christian times until the 11th century.