The Canton of The Three Hills is the local Kalamazoo branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism, an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe.
All local SCA groups, like us, are chapters of the Society for Creative Anachronism, an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. The Society's main page has many resources including a great Newcomer's page.
Our Canton has weekly fighting practices, monthly business meetings, and other activities. See the Practices and Meetings button in the Main Menu for more information.
The way our structure works is that Three Hills is a canton. Cantons are of part of a Barony, in our case, the Barony of Andelcrag. Andelcrag is part of a region called Pentamere, which is most of western Michigan. Pentamere is part of the Middle Kingdom or Midrealm, and Midrealm is part of the Society for Creative Anachronism.
Canton Business Meetings are held the first Monday evening of each month and
Canton Fight Practice and A&S gatherings are held every Monday evening starting at 6:30pm
and are held at Father Bart's Hall
in the back of Saint Mary's Catholic Church. For any last minute changes or cancellations,
please check here or on our Facebook Page.
Saint Mary's Catholic Church
939 Charlotte Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
Blazon: Sable, on a pile inverted throughout argent between two lightning bolts in chevron inverted Or a laurel wreath vert
A History of the Barony of Andelcrag, arranged by Baronial reigns, documentation based on the SCA Online Armorial or the Midrealm Order of Precedence, except where noted. I have included this history on our Canton web site because the histories of Three Hills and Andelcrag are very intermingled.- Rowan.
"This was taken on the Quad at Kalamazoo College, the first event in what would become the Canton of the Three Hills.
In the fall of 1971, the Homecoming theme was on the Middle Ages, so a few students at K who had been exposed to the SCA elsewhere, organized a small tournament on the Quad in conjunction with Homecoming. Some in attendance later began classes at Western Michigan University. Kalamazoo College and Western's West Campus are each located on large hills in the city of Kalamazoo
One of Kalamazoo's noted features is the State Hospital Water Tower, located at the top of Oakland hill. When the baby group was deciding on a name for themselves, they realized they had the perfect solution: Canton of Three Hills. The First Hill represented our founding location, Kalamazoo College. The Second Hill represented the bulk of the students at Western Michigan University. The Third Hill represented the State Hospital, where we all figured we'd end up someday. It was also a way cool landmark, what other SCA group had a medieval looking Tower in it? NONE, in 1971.
Thus, the Canton of Three Hills' name is based on Kalamazoo's geographical features and its mental institution."
-Mistress Siobhan O'Neill
1975- Oct 4, Algorik of Valkarth becomes founding Baron of Andelcrag
1981- Name Canton of the Three Hills registered
1984- Name Andelcrag, Barony of registered
1986- Device for Andelcrag, Barony of registered- Sable, on a pile inverted throughout argent between two lightning bolts in chevron inverted Or a laurel wreath vert.
1989- Name for Canton of Rimsholt resgistered
1989- Device for Canton of Rimsholt resgisteed- Purpure, a fir tree couped within a laurel wreath within a bordure embattled, all argent.
1990- Feb 17, Karl Aerdigwidder von Zauberberg called Fum, becomes Baron of
1990- Device for Canton of the Three Hills registered- Per fess azure and vert, a fess dancetty ('dancetty' changed to 'indented' in 1991) in chief Or, in chief a laurel wreath vert, fimbriated Or.
1993- Name for Order of the Salient Hart registered
1996- Sep 21, Benedict of Beverly and Emma de Winter become Baron and Baroness of
1997- Badge for Order of the Guardant Ram registered- Per chevron sable and argent a brown ram's head caboshed proper armed Or.
1997- Name for Order of the Guardant Ram registered
1997- Badge for (Defender of Andelcrag?) registered- Or, two lightning bolts in saltire sable.
1998- Name for Canton of Dun Traigh registered
1998- Device for Canton of Dun Traigh registered- Per bend wavy Or and azure, a tower sable issuing a flame gules, and a laurel wreath Or.
1999- Name for Canton of Three Walls registered
2000- Sep 16, Thorfinn Grimkelsson and Brighid ni Caernaigh become Baron and
2000- Badge for Order of the Salient Hart registered- (Fieldless) A hart courant azure.
2002- Device for Canton of Three Walls registered- Per fess vert and sable, a fess bretessed between a chalice and a laurel wreath Or.
2004- Name for Canton of Westmere registered
2010- Feb 13, Logan Na'ealgaith and Zaynab Yasmine become Baron and Baroness of
2014- Jan, First Bolt, an informal Baronial award, given at Winter Revel
2014- Feb 15, Collette de Valois and Antonia Lavinia Maria Toscano become Baroness and Baroness of Andlecrag
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