About Janice Formichella

Hi! I'm Janice, a content creator and lover of history currently residing in Denver, Colorado. I have been interested in in the history of how women lived in the past and of women's stories since before I can remember. I am especially interested in stories of women from the 19th century frontier. It's amazing to me that I get to write blog posts about my favorite topic!

Pioneer Clothing: Accessories Women Wore on the Frontier

By | February 18th, 2020|Categories: Accessories, Old West, Pioneer Dress, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , |

I recently wrote a post on how women in the American frontier dressed as they settled into new lives in the West. I looked at how they adapted their clothing to accommodate their new household responsibilities, how they clung to the fashions of the day and those they were used to and considered feminine, and [...]

A Very British Romance: Episode One Highlights

By | February 12th, 2020|Categories: Women's History|Tags: , , , , , |

There are few areas of modern life that our society obsesses over more than that of romantic love, but it wasn’t always that way. PBS’s A Very British Romance takes a whimsical and academic look at the evolution of coupling and the invention of romantic rituals and customs still in use today. Episode one aired [...]

Pioneer Clothing: What Women Wore in the Western Frontier

By | February 4th, 2020|Categories: Old West, Pioneer Dress, Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions, Women's History|Tags: , , |

As many of our readers, I enjoy spending my free time dreaming about owning Victorian gowns and wishing that I could spend more time in the layers, colors, ribbons, and elegance that come to mind when I think of the era. I am also a true woman of the Southwest - an Arizona native and [...]

Victorian Dress Reform: Who, What, When, and Why

By | January 31st, 2020|Categories: Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , |

Many of us know about the women’s suffrage movement, abolition, and temperance societies, but what about the dress reform movement?  Many of the most radical and audacious women involved in progressive movements of the Victorian Era could see the way that women were physically prevented from fully participating in society. Such limitations, they argued, took [...]

5 facts about Margaret Tobin Brown (aka The Unsinkable Molly Brown)

By | January 14th, 2020|Categories: Edwardian Era, Edwardian Fashion, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , |

Earlier this year I moved to Denver, Colorado after living for several years overseas. Having always dreamt about becoming a docent at a house museum (yes, my goals are that specific), one of the first things I did was sign up to volunteer at the Molly Brown House Museum, located, luckily, a few blocks away [...]

Staying warm in the Victorian winter

By | January 14th, 2020|Categories: Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions|Tags: , , , , , |

A few weeks ago I bought my first pair of snow boots and cannot believe the difference that they have made in my overall comfort this winter. I have recently moved to snowy Denver after five years in Australia and had to accept that my Converse Allstars aren’t really the best for walking around icy [...]

5 history podcasts to help you get your fix now: Part 2

By | January 5th, 2020|Categories: Civil War, Old West, Pioneer Dress, Women's History|Tags: , , , |

Welcome back to another list of history podcasts! If you haven’t checked it out already, head over to my first list to see what I recommend for all of your listening needs. If you are even the slightest bit like me, you will soon find that you won’t have enough time to listen to all [...]

The rise and fall of the bustle: a short history

By | January 5th, 2020|Categories: Fashion, Uncategorized, Underpinnings, Victorian Fashions, Women's History|Tags: , , , |

A lot of interest has recently been given by clothing historians to the subject of women’s underclothes through time. It is, after all, something that we can all relate to, right? Maybe not. When one looks at the bustle, crinoline, and even whalebone corsets, for instance, we are truly looking at cultural artifacts from the [...]

5 history podcasts to help you get your fix now: Part 1

By | December 20th, 2019|Categories: Christmas, Women's History|

The entire world is listening to podcasts these days, aren’t they? Because I enjoy outdoor fitness so much and because my favorite subject is history, I have been excited to find so many history-related podcasts out there, and all for free with my Spotify subscription. Things have flipped for me now and instead of making [...]