The Shire of Northkeep was begun in 1975 when its first original member, Lady Agnes de Saint Michel, first moved to this area. The first newcomers meetings began a year after that. In 1977, the group began to seek its identity as Nord-aus-das Strom, although the name Northkeep was finally passed by the College of Heralds in 1984.
As the shire developed, it had the usual growing pains and differences of opinions that occur in many young social groups. Eventually these passed, and the heat of those earlier fires strengthened the group and tempered its character as the Best Shire it could possibly be.
In November 1996, the Shire of Northkeep vanished and was replaced by the Barony of Northkeep, and the evolution has Northkeep strives to be the best Barony in the Known World.
The Barony of Northkeep is the Tulsa, Oklahoma chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (SCA), a non-profit, educational organization devoted to the study of pre-seventeenth century history and life. Although principally this is European culture; some members study the Middle East, Asia and other regions that had contact with Europe during this time. The members of the SCA often take the best qualities of their areas and period and recreate them in the modern world.
The SCA is an international organization comprised of over 30,000 subscribing members. The world is divided into geographical regions called Kingdoms, ruled by Kings and Queens who are chosen through armored combat in Crown Tournaments. Northkeep is located in the Kingdom of Ansteorra, which includes Oklahoma, and most of Texas. The Barony of Northkeep encompasses the area of Northeastern Oklahoma.
Affiliated with Northkeep is our Canton of Chemin Noir.
Artwork by Jennifer Carlson, used with permission.
Baron and Baroness of Northkeep – Appointed by the King and
Queen to uphold crown law, to serve as the voice of the crown, and administer
the lands of Northkeep in fief. See the Welcome from the Baron and Baroness.
Seneschal – The Group’s administrative officer.
Hospitaler / Demo Director – The officer in charge of greeting and helping newcomers. May also have loaner clothing and equipment for new people. The Demo director is in charge of coordinating with the public on Demos.