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Province of the Mists

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History: This is the capital province of the Kingdom of the West and the birthplace of the Society for Creative Anachronism. The first tournament was held on May 1, 1966 in the backyard of Diana Listmaker in Berkeley, California. It was not until the Westercon XX Demonstration on July 1, 1967 that an SCA activity was held outside the province. Activities in the province were handled by the Kingdom officers until 1971, when the Province acquired its own officers.

The first event listed specifically as being in the Province of the Mists was the Bay Con / Worldcon convention held at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley, CA, September 2, 1968 (A.S. III). Baycon.

From the March, 1973 issue of The Page, a note from the Calendar, regarding an event scheduled for the Province of the Mists:

"So officially named by the Corporation. We will just have to learn to distinguish between the Province of the Mists, in the Counties of Alameda and Contra Cost, and the Principality of the Mists, also known as the Bay Area."

Up until that time, the Province was called in newsletters "The Province in the East Bay".

Wilhelm von Schlüssel compiled a listing of events for the Province up until the end of his history: Province of the Mists.

Location: N. Alameda County, California

Heralds' Title: The Nebuly Pursuivant

Description of the history of this branch, © Copyright 1980 by William R. Keyes (Wilhelm von Schlüssel)
This is from The History of the West Kingdom, Volume 1 (the only volume produced). When reading this text, please keep in mind the following disclaimer:

Disclaimer: This history may have errors in it, as much of the detail is “remembered” history, or as one of the cover pages of the original type-written manuscript states “The material within is derived from the information printed in The Crown Prints and in The Page, and from the memories of the participants.” The original document was typed on onion-skin paper, with hand-written notes (often in the margins). All attempts have been made to reconcile the notes with the original document.

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