Don’t just read history, live it!

We are the Society for Creative Anachronisms (SCA) shire that covers all of central South Dakota.  The SCA  is a practical history society, recreating the arts and skills of pre-17th century Europe. While dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, you can experience tournaments, royal courts, feasts, and dancing. You also have the opportunity to learn and practice ancient arts and skills — calligraphy, cooking, armoring, metalworking, carpentry, and needlework (to name just a few) — within an all-ages social group. The SCA is a great place to make friends and learn new skills. Find out more at

Upcoming Events

Saturday, December 9th starting at Noon at Adam’s house – A&S hangout
Arts and Sciences and food at Adam ‘s place. We’re going to sew and make other pretty things for the holidays.

Questions? Need directions? Contact Dawson Lewis at or 605-222-9530

Frequently Asked Questions
1) What type of fabric should I use? 
A flat bedsheet from Hospice works well.  If you are buying fabric get cotton or cotton-polyester.  Avoid material that shines or stretches.
2) Any particular colors that are more realistic? 
Avoid any patterns and all neon colors.  The best colors are medium to dark blues, greens, browns, greys, yellows, and reds.
3) What kind of accessories would work? 
Simple bracelets, stone necklaces, wood or stone brooches.  Avoid anything that looks like plastic or is on a small, modern chain.

We have other get togethers throughout the month. Keep up to date by joining the Shire Facebook group.

What is the SCA like?

Want to get some more views of the SCA? Here are some great articles that will give you a glimpse into the best of what the SCA can offer.

Check out this article at Gamer-XP written by an SCA member it will help you get the proverbial “big picture”.

This blog article was written by someone who is not an SCA member. It captures the magic of a day at an SCA event.

A 5 minute article from NBC news about Pennsic in 2012.

Finally, here is a wonderful and long article about Pennsic – the largest of all SCA events. Pennsic is the Superbowl, Lollapalooza, Burning Man, and State Fair of the SCA all rolled into one glorious two week package.

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