6 Reasons to Visit Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

By | January 21st, 2016|Categories: Old West, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

by Donna Klein   a Step Back to the American Old West   1. Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument is the newest addition to the list of National Monuments, having been created through the following proclamation by the President of the United States on May 21, 2014 (excerpted from the White House website:   “In [...]

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 [...]

Part 3 – Bass Reeves: the Real ‘Lone Ranger’

By | November 6th, 2015|Categories: Old West, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Donna Klein   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3   The Real Lone Ranger   Let's take a look at what makes him a legend and most likely the inspiration for the “Lone Ranger.” Bass Reeves was an expert marksman, he rode a white or gray stallion, was “pressed and dressed” with [...]

Bass Reeves – Slave to American Hero – Pt. 2

By | November 6th, 2015|Categories: Old West, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Donna Klein   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3   Bass Reeves Rides the Oklahoma Range   Starting Bass in 1875, Reeves served as a Deputy U.S. Marshal on the Oklahoma Range, a territory that covered about 75,000 square miles. Often, he set out with a wagon, a cook, and a Native [...]

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 [...]

Costume College 2015

By | August 21st, 2015|Categories: Ball Gowns, Civil War, Customer's Ball Gowns, Destinations, Edwardian Era, Fashion, Old West, Pioneer Dress, Polonaise, Roaring 20s, Steampunk, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Sue McDonald   Costume College - Whirlwind of Classes and Special Events   If you haven’t heard about Costume College, then you haven’t been paying attention! After hearing about it for years, a friend convinced me to enroll last year, and I am now positively addicted to the excitement, the many opportunities for learning [...]