Recollections’ “Sharp Objects” Debut

By | June 9th, 2017|Ball Gowns, Civil War, Customer's Ball Gowns, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|

What do you do when Hollywood comes knocking on your door? You answer the call of Sharp Objects! Sharp Objects is the new eight-episode HBO series that went into production in May. It is based on the 2006 debut novel by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl).  The series stars Amy Adams (Arrival) as Camille Parker, a reporter [...]

Victorian Women as Michigan’s Lighthouse Keepers

By | May 16th, 2017|Civil War, Edwardian Era, Victorian Era|

Accidental research can lead to unexpected places. We know you love history and the clothing women wore during the last two hundred years or so. Inspired by a photo of our models at the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse, the curiosity light bulb lit up with the question “how many women served as lighthouse keepers during [...]

Beyond Little Women; 8 Tidbits about Louisa May Alcott

By | November 29th, 2016|Civil War, Fashion Eras, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|

November 29, 2016 marks Louisa May Alcott’s 184th birthday (1832). Today, she is best remembered for her book, Little Women. Here are some interesting tidbits you might not have known. Louisa May Alcott started publishing poems, short stories, thrillers, and juvenile tales in 1851 under the pen name Flora Fairfield. She also wrote under the [...]

Thanksgiving and the American Civil War

By | November 23rd, 2016|Civil War, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|

Thanksgiving is probably nearly as old as mankind. From the time we started cultivating crops, farmers have been grateful for the sun, rain, and a good harvest. Its roots can be seen in the harvest feasts of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. It also is similar to Sukkot, the ancient Jewish harvest festival. Long [...]

Victoria Woodhull; First Woman to Run for President of the United States

By | November 21st, 2016|Civil War, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|

Victoria Claflin Woodhull was born on September 23, 1838, the seventh of 10 children born to Roxanna ‘Roxy’ Hummel Claflin and Reuben ‘Old Buck’ Buckman Claflin. Her mother was illegitimate and illiterate. Her father was a con man and snake oil salesman. The family lived in rural Homer, Licking County, Ohio. Life was not easy [...]

Women in the Civil War

By | November 15th, 2016|Civil War, Fashion Eras, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|

Nothing challenged Victorian ideology in the United States more than the Civil War. Women living during Antebellum America were the epitome of domesticity. The industrial revolution changed the way men worked. Men increasingly spent their work time away from home, moving into factories, offices, and shops. In what historians call ‘the Cult of True Womanhood,’ [...]

Victorian Summer Camp for Kids

By | July 5th, 2016|Civil War, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|

Experience Life in the 19th Century at Camp this Summer Did you attend summer camp? What do you think of when you think 'summer camp?' Is it running around outdoors, getting dirty, maybe do some swimming, a few crafts, and maybe a stream hike or two? That was part of my childhood experience, but perhaps [...]

4 Family Films Set in the Victorian Era

By | June 28th, 2016|Civil War, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|

Family Fun Under Summer Skies More than any other time of the year, summertime conjures thoughts of family togetherness. There are few drive-in theaters left in which the whole family can get outside and enjoy a movie together. Here are four movies set in the Victorian era that are worthy of moving the big-screen television [...]

The Top 29 Historical Reenactment Societies

By | May 24th, 2016|Civil War, Featured, Victorian Era|

Historical reenactment societies provide an incredible window into how men and women lived in historical times. These societies often focus on war reenactment, providing members (and sometimes the public) a glimpse into what life was like during the conflicts that shaped history. Without historical reenactment societies, we wouldn’t get a visceral sense of the scope [...]

Mantle or Mantel? Mantelet? It’s all Cloak to Me

By | March 22nd, 2016|Civil War, Fashion Eras, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|

by Donna Klein   Removing the Cloak from Mantle   Whether the word is spelled 'mantle' or 'mantel,' the origin is the same. According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, it comes from “Latin mantellum 'cloak'.” By the time it progressed to the Old English, it meant a 'loose, sleeveless cloak.' Whether you talk about a [...]