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 [...]

Unstoppable Margaret Brown – a True Pioneer

By | August 20th, 2015|Categories: Old West, Pioneer Dress, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , |

The name is Margaret Brown - The Unsinkable Molly Brown is a Myth Margaret Brown, popularly known as Molly Brown, was never addressed as Molly by anyone who knew her personally. She was known as Maggie to her family until she married. Molly is the creation of legend and Hollywood. Margaret, the flesh and blood [...]

Harvey Girls – the Other Pioneers of the American West

By | August 10th, 2015|Categories: Old West, Pioneer Dress, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The Inspiration for the Harvey Girls As westward expansion spread across the United States, so followed the railroads. Passengers often spent days on board as they traveled west. A picnic basket might get one through the first day, but staying fed was an issue during the days of early passenger service. There were no coolers, [...]

Red Onion Saloon

By | May 12th, 2015|Categories: Old West, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , |

Red Onion Saloon and the Alaskan Gold Rush   If you were a prospector looking for your fortune in gold in the late 1890’s, a trip to the Klondike in Alaska was the place you went. Gold was discovered there by local miners on August 16, 1896, and when news reached Seattle and San Francisco the following year, it triggered a [...]