The popular annual historical convention Reenactor Fest has teamed up with Osprey Publishing, W. Britain and Casemate Publishing to bring Chicagoland a more dynamic and exciting convention—Military History Fest! Whether you are a historical reenactor, a wargamer, a toy soldier collector, a military antiques enthusiast or just a history buff in general, Military History Fest has something for you! Escape the cold winter air and plot a course to the beautiful Westin Chicago North Shore hotel in Wheeling, IL. Inside you’ll find a 10,000 square foot dealer hall packed with everything from books and toy soldiers to full historical costumes and rare original military relics. You will also experience our timeline of historical displays manned by hundreds of authentically costumed reenactors, covering everything from the Roman Empire to WWII.
A variety of seminars and events during the weekend will be geared-toward Civil War reenacting and sutlery:
On Friday the 18th there will be a “Generals News Conference” with Civil War Generals Grant Lee and Custer
On Saturday the 19th Grant and Lee will reminisce on the last year of the war, telling tales from the Wilderness to Appomattox
William Schmidtke will present a two-part seminar on Civil War small arms
Ron Kirchgessner will set up a Civil War medical display and give talks on the subject
Audrey Scanlan-Teller will speak about women who passed as male in order to fight on the front lines and the historical precedence of this choice
David Wiedenkeller will offer a short presentation of his Civil War naval officer impression
Civil War clothing, kit, and wares will be for sale from Allan’s Laurel Hill Sutlery and Castle Keep
Military History Fest isn’t just for Dad! There are kids programs throughout the day, live music and entertainment, and what’s best is they get in FREE if they are 15 and under! There’s even more for Mom! The dealer hall is loaded with historical dresses, hats, patterns, accessories, jewelry and the “finer things” you just don’t encounter every day.
The fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down. This 3 day celebration hosts amazing parties each night, including the Grand Ball on Saturday evening. Discounted tickets and room rates are available on the website at www.militaryhistoryfest.com. Come for the day or for all three – but don’t miss it!