The Early Modern Muster of Arms (EMMA) is the Midwest's only 16th-17th century immersive living history event.
Set during the golden age of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth: 1570-1620, all nationalities & impressions are welcome to join us in exploring the military tactics, foodways and social culture of this pivotal era in history. Military, civilian & even families are encouraged to attend.
EMMA focuses on the 3 vertices of living history: Accuracy, Interaction & Enjoyment. Participants are encouraged to strive for a high level of historical accuracy in their clothing & kit, encouraged to interact with both other participants & the public using first-person interpretation & above all else, are encouraged to enjoy themselves as we explore life in the 16th & 17th centuries.
Friday - Registration Day: Participants arrive for set-up & socialization. Check-in opens at 12 noon.
Saturday - Scenario Day: Reenactors participate in first person interpretation, martial training & battles based on a historical scenario. Scenario will be shared prior to the event.
Sunday - Demonstration Day: Reenactors share demonstrations of martial skills & trades with each other & the public. Class offerings will be announced prior to the event.
What is a jurried event?
EMMA is a jurried event. This means ALL participants are required to submit photographs of their clothing & kit prior to the event. This helps ensure the highest level of historical accuracy for everyone. New participants, or anyone with questions regarding their clothing & kit are welcome to contact the organizers before completing registration.
Basic clothing guidelines can be found on the EMMA webpage at www.bannerstmichael.org/emma.html
What can/can't I bring to the event?
EMMA requires all participants wear historically accurate clothing & use accurate equipment, including but not limited to weapons, eating gear & craft materials, during public hours. Medically necessary equipment & other modern items must be kept out of view as much as possible, & may be stored in areas closed to the public.
Participants are encouraged to embrace the experience & bring as few modern or anachronistic items as possible.
What if my clothing & gear isn't "good enough"?
NO ONE who is genuinely interested in attending will be turned away from EMMA. While we strive for the highest accuracy possible, we also understand that everyone starts somewhere. The goal of EMMA is inclusion. At most we may ask for certain pieces of clothing or gear be left at home, or we may offer to loan you items to complete your kit (& survive the unpredictable April weather). We appreciate the understanding as we all strive for accuracy & enjoyment.
Where do I send registration photographs?
Photographs should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Email email@example.com with any further event questions.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No. Printed tickets are not needed during registration.