Ken's SCA persona
is a standard West Kingdom 'persona' - basically, there is no persona.
He chose the name based on his germanic real-life background, but most of his
garb tends to be English or Italian Renaissance (he like the styles). His 'persona' is
what he does and is in the SCA.
- Is a member of the Orders of the Laurel
(SCA Arts/Sciences) and the Pelican (SCA Service)
of the West Kingdom;
- Is a Court Baron (or Baron of the Court of the West);
- Is one of the few people on the Western Roll of Honor;
- Is a member of various other orders and holder of a variety of SCA recognitions,
including holding a Grant of Arms and an Award of Arms, is a member of the
Orders of the Rose Leaf (West Kingdom Arts/Sciences mid-level) and the
Leaf of Merit (West Kingdom Service mid-level), the Queen's Order of Grace, several
awards from the Principalities of the Mists and Oertha (Diamond Willow from Oertha,
Corolla Vitea and Corolla Aulica, Princess' Order of Grace from the Mists);
- Is a herald (having served as the branch herald for the College of St.
Boniface, the Stellanordica Herald for the Principality of Oertha, the Sea Wolf
Herald for the Principality of the Mists, the Baldric Pursuivant (education --
did the current West Kingdom Herald's Handbook) the Banner Herald (unofficially) for
the West Kingdom (did the current West Kingdom Ceremony Book), Golem Herald
(the job he currently is holding) and the Vesper Principal Herald for the
West Kingdom -- the heraldry is what he got the Pelican for;
- Was a jeweler (what he got the Laurel for) - due to health issues does not
do this much anymore;
- Is a sometime minstrel;
- Was producer and usually director of the Golden Stag Players (an acting troupe in the
central part of the West Kingdom). The Players have been honored as a Pillar of
the West (the 15th to be so honored). After 21 years, handed it off to his apprentice
who has kept the troupe running ...
- As "Golden Stag Productions" has written some computer programs for the
SCA (mostly for offices like the Vesper Principal Herald, Seawolf and Sable Swan
Heralds, and the West Kingdom Chancellor of Scribes). These include a
version of the SCA Ordinary and Armorial (the heraldric files -- names and armory) --
this is a Windows (3.1 and Win 95, Win 98, Win ME, etc.) system, FREEWARE,
that can be had for the asking or downloaded from the web as (see menu above).
The Golden Stag Productions page (link above) has source code for some of these systems.
- Has edited and compiled the History of the West Kingdom (original work by Wilhelm von
Schlussel). This is not currently available in print at this time. This is largely
a listing of court business for the first 12 1/2 years of the SCA, but is useful
if you want to have some idea where the SCA got started ... It has the arms of the
branches that are discussed and the royalty during the times discussed in the book --
this was done for me by the hands of Dame Teleri Tawel (in the first version), and
Nicholas Bawcock of Petersfield (in the second/annotated version).
This project has completed a transformation at this time to become the "Annotated
History Project" -- This is now available from the West Kingdom History Website,
specifically in the AHP section.
This project led to the creation of the West Kingdom History website itself, and
Hirsch maintains that site, accepting donations of photos, artwork, event
descriptions and updating as often as possible.
- Is working on the West Kingdom Awards List (Order of Precedence, etc.)
- Worked on a small project that Duchess Emma FitzWilliam started, creating some
pages that have information about Kingdom Arms, Colors, Consort/Queen's Arms,
and populace "use" badges; Officer's badges; and badges registered to the 20
Kingdoms for various awards.
- Created a glossary of SCA terminology, for people new to the SCA.
Several of the projects noted above can be gotten to directly from the menu at the
top of the page (under "SCA").
You can see more about Hirsch's SCA activities and see photographs of her at:
West Kingdom History
Who's Who Entry for Hirsch von Henford