Victorian Summer Camp for Kids

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

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|Categories: Civil War, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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|Categories: 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|Categories: Civil War, Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , |

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 [...]

The Most Extraordinary Story of Sister Blandina Segale – Pt. 2

By | November 20th, 2015|Categories: Civil War, Old West, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

What Made Sister Blandina Segale's Service in the Old West Extraordinary? Sister Blandina Segale wrote a memoir of her time in Colorado Territory, titled At the End of the Santa Fe Trail. Stories of her adventures while serving in the Old West have been featured in novels, television programs, histories, and even a comic book. The CBS [...]

The Most Extraordinary Story of Sister Blandina Segale – Pt. 1

By | November 19th, 2015|Categories: Civil War, Old West, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sister Blandina Segale, Servant of God Sister Blandina Segale has been in the news lately. Earlier this month, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe (New Mexico) closed its inquiry on why she should become a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. The file has been sent on to the Vatican for consideration. So, who was Sister [...]

Bass Reeves – Slave to American Hero – Pt. 1

By | November 5th, 2015|Categories: Civil War, Old West, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

by Donna Klein   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3   Who was Bass Reeves?   When thinking of lawmen of the American Old West, minds drift to men like Wyatt Earp, not Bass Reeves. My first exposure to Bass Reeves came earlier this year. There is a program on AHC (American Heroes [...]

Recollections Fashion Show at the Centennial Building

By | October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Ball Gowns, Civil War, Edwardian Era, Fashion, Hats, Old West, Pioneer Dress, Polonaise, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Recollections Fashion Show Recap The Lake Huron Discovery Tour 2015 has come and gone, but the Recollections fashion show at the Centennial Building in Alpena continues to live in the memories of those who joined us on October 10 for the festivities. The day started early for Recollections, with the models from the show prepped [...]

Halloween is Just Around the Corner!

By | September 3rd, 2015|Categories: Ball Gowns, Civil War, Downton Abbey, Edwardian Era, Fashion, Old West, Pioneer Dress, Roaring 20s, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Halloween is Just a Hop-Skip-and-a-Jump Away!   Yes, the calendar just flipped from August to September, and the thermometer is still registering summer temperatures. But, make no mistake, it's almost heeeeeerrrrre! It's time to start thinking about autumn and one of its highlights - Halloween.   Themed parties, no theme parties, and everything in between [...]