An Introduction to the Society for Creative Anachronism

The SCA was founded in 1966 and is incorporated as a nonprofit educational and research organization. Our primary focus is re-creating the best aspects of Western Europe before the 17th century. However, research and re-creation of other cultures is common.

We re-create all facets of life in the Middle Ages: Archery, wood-working, metalwork, armor making, dance and performing arts, weaving, cooking, embroidery and calligraphy and illumination are only a few of the crafts we engage in. Combat is safely recreated using rattan weapons and body armor.

The SCA is based on the landed nobility of the European Middle Ages. Their dress and music, their literature and sports, and above all, the chivalric ideals of their period. All serve to unify our events and activities. Our regional and local organization sets aside the modern pattern of elected representatives to give us a sense of what it was like to live in the world of court and castle, so that our studies can go beyond literature and artifacts into the emotional reality of former times.