Non-profit 501(C)3
The National Rendezvous and Living History Foundation invites you to the

41st Annual Eastern Primitive Rendezvous
September 23 - 30, 2017

3021 Locust Road
Milan, PA 18831

2017 EPR


Dave Wells

Chris Denmon

Beverly Heister

Pre-registration has ended for 2017
Please register in advance if possible. It helps with deciding on number of port-a-jons, amount of wood, amount of food and other decisions.

--NMLRA members and spouse
or significant other - $50 each
--Non-members - $60 each
--Children 17 and younger - free
--Dependants 18 and older -
$25 each
--Registration at gate - add $10
per adult
--Early set-up charge - $5/day per
adult if not pre-registered
--Trader fee - $50
--Commercial blanket trader - $20

For a printable pre-registration form from the NRLHF website,
click here.

Mail completed registration form with a check made out to

PO Box 376
Hershey PA, 17033

To register online, visit and click on
"Shopping Cart" on the menu bar. You may pay through a Paypal account.  Your paperwork will be waiting for you at the gate, or better yet, fill out a registration form and take it with you.
(Please note: To pay online you
must wait until after January 1, 2017.)

For more registration
information, contact NRLHF at:

Fax: 717-707-0718
NRLHF info:

For information about event
rules and regulations, ethics,
trade rules and other
information, please
click here.

To print a Gate registration form, please
click here.

Pre-registered Sutlers may set up on Tuesday, Sept. 19; however, you must set up in the designated Sutler Area.
Early setup Sept. 20, 21 and 22. Gate hours 8am - 5pm
Event gate hours: Sat., Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept. 24 7am - 9am (vehicles must leave camp by 10am) AND 5pm - 7pm (vehicles must leave camp by 8pm. Monday, Sept. 25 thru Friday, Sept. 29, 8am - 10am (vehicles must leave camp by 11am) AND 3pm - 5pm (vehicles must leave camp by 6pm)
Public Days: Entire encampment will be open on Saturday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept. 24, 10am - 4pm. Sutler area only will be open to the Public Monday, Sept. 25 thru Friday, Sept. 29, 10am - 4pm.

Fees include medallion, all events, and competitions. NMLRA Member and spouse, pre-registration $50 each per rendezvous. Non members and spouse, pre-registration $60 each per rendezvous All children under 18 are free Dependents 18 and over pre-registration $25 (except spouse or partner) All registrations at the Gate will be charged an additional $10 per adult. Dependents will be $30. Early set-up fee: $5 per day, per adult Trade Fee $50 (does not include registration, check trade rules) Blanket Trader Fee $20 (does not include registration, check trade rules) Make Checks Payable to NRLHF and Mail to P.O. Box 376, Hershey, PA 17033 To register on line through PayPal, visit, click on "Shopping Cart" and choose the appropriate options. Please print a pre-registration form, fill it out and take it with you to the gate. Checks must be dated and envelopes must be postmarked by midnight Aug. 23. Electronic payments must be sent no later than Aug. 23, 2017. Pre-registrations received after the deadline will be returned to sender. Please pre-register so the staff will have an accurate estimate of the number of participants.

A Partial list of NRLHF rules and regulations:

Clothing lodges and accoutrements must be from the period 1640 - 1840 in North America. Absolutely no modern footwear or sunglasses, unless medically required. Eye and hearing protection is encouraged on the firing line only. Modern items (coolers, cell phones, cans, etc.) must be kept out of sight at all times. No modern weapons.

No propane, kerosene, charcoal lighter fluid or similar flammable liquids will be permitted. Exceptions may be made for food vendors and handicapped participants. Propane containers must be kept out of sight at all times. Commercial food vendor equipment will be inspected by rendezvous staff for safety. Fire extinguishers are required by state law. Inspectors have the final word concerning safety.

Handicap participants must abide by the rules as much as possible. Handicap carts and walkers area allowed. NRLHF follows ADA rules for service dogs.
NO PETS are allowed in primitive camp. Pets in the modern camping area are subject to the NRLHF nuisance law.

Photography equipment must be covered when not in use. NO FLASH photography!
Firewood, hooters, water and dumpsters will be provided. Trash must be in tied plastic bags. Needles must be properly discarded.

No animals other than horses and mules will be allowed in camp. Horses and mules are required to meet current health requirements and Coggins papers must be provided. A designated horse camp will be provided. You are responsible for the safety, conduct and feed of animals. Wagons, buggies and accessories must be period appropriate. This is subject to change.

Dealers and possessors of Furs, claws, feathers, etc, it is your responsibility to confirm the compliance of goods with federal and Pennsylvania game regulations. Phone- (570) 675-1143 or (570) 675-1144.

Conduct which disrupts the peace and order of the camp may result in immediate expulsion from the event. Stealing, fighting, or illegal drug use will not be tolerated and will result in immediate expulsion from the event. Depending on severity, local law enforcement may be notified.

The sale, trade or barter of alcohol is prohibited!

Trade Policy - A "Trader" or "Sutler" is defined as anyone who sets up a trade shelter or lodge or sets out a trade blanket or hide with goods for sale. A "small trade blanket or hide" is restricted to one blanket or hide per license, and must not exceed 110" x 110". No fee is paid if total of goods for sale does not exceed $500. A "large trade blanket", two or more blankets or hides with items for sale, may contain goods valued between $501 and $2,000 in merchandise. A "Commercial Trader" is anyone who offers goods for sale, trade or barter with a total value of more than $2,001.
The only items to be displayed, sold, or traded in any way are originals or reproductions of articles in common use in North America during the period 1640 - 1840. No modern packaging, labels or price tags are to be displayed. Books, patterns, CDs, etc. must deal directly with or depict this time period and must be displayed in a trade shelter. For all trade-related matters, the decision f the Trade Captain is final. Blanket traders are required to abide by all trade rules. Inspections will be done the Trade Captain or designee.

TAXES: Procurement of Federal, State, County and Township business license and or the collection of consumer sales tax in the state where the event is held is the responsibility of the Trader. ?Any further questions should be directed to the Trade Captain.

To view all of the NRLHF rules and regulations and Trade Rules please visit, email the Business Office at or call the Business Office at (717) 312-3016.

Emergency phone number: (724) 263-8946

Milan, PA 18831
From US 220 head West on Milan E. Smithfield
Road for 5 miles. Bear right on to Locust Road.
Travel .7 miles to site.
From Rt. 86 - get on to 220 S near Waverly, NY.
Follow directions above from US 220.
2017 EPR
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I would like to take this opportunity to invite the students from the local school districts to attend an educational event that has never been in the Bradford/Sullivan County area. It is the Eastern Primitive Rendezvous, an event of the National Rendezvous and Living History Foundation (NRLHF). This event will be held September 23-30, 2017 in East Smithfield PA. Student Day will be Tuesday, Sept. 26th, 10 am-4 p.m. Students who attend on this day will have access to the entire encampment and experience what life during the 1640-1840 time period was like. Students need to be accompanied by an adult. There is no charge to the students, but a $5 fee is asked of adults.

This is an educational opportunity that most students have never had or may never have again. I have requested an excused absence from the districts so if you are interested in attending please check to see if they will honor that. This will be a unique experience for all age children. The Rendezvous participants will be willing to talk with and answer questions presented. They love what they do and love to talk about it too. An example of the kind of learning opportunities is what my husband, a Mountain Man Fur Trade Era portrayer does. He has hides and furs available for the children to touch and learn about where the animals live, what they eat and what their furs might be used for. There will also be people who portray the French & Indian War, the American Revolution, Pennsylvania Longhunters, and some who live and dress as the Westward bound pioneers did.

Please consider this educational opportunity as the school year approaches. In past years home school and charter students have been offered this experience, but I want to extend it to all of the local school district students

Uhma Ruth has offered to present a seminar on making a Native Feather Fan, Sunday, at 2 p.m.
Cost will be $20-25 depending on the size of the fan. If you bring your own feather fan
(preferably turkey, pheasant or Canadian goose) there will just be costs for leather, etc

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