Fezziwig Balls

By | December 9th, 2018|Categories: 19th Century Literature, Christmas, Holidays, Recollections, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , , |

The start of December brings the season of Fezziwig Balls, like the one The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers hosts each year. The night is filled with 19th century carols, refreshments, and dancing as guests step back in time. Fezziwig Balls are named after Mr. Fezziwig, the employer of A Christmas Carol’s Ebenezer Scrooge when he was [...]

Susan La Flesche Picotte: First Native American Female Physician

By | November 13th, 2018|Categories: Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , |

Early Life Susan La Flesche Picotte was the first Native American female physician. She is remembered for breaking racial and gender barriers. Susan was born in 1865 in the Omaha Indian Reservation, daughter to Chief Joseph (called “Iron Eyes”) and Mary Gale (called “One Woman”). Both parents were of mixed race. The chief knew his tribe [...]

150 Years of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women

By | September 26th, 2018|Categories: Civil War, Entertainment, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , |

It’s been 150 years since Louisa May Alcott introduced us to the March family in Little Women and we can’t seem to get enough of the story and the characters who inhabit it. Is it because of the diverse personalities of the March siblings? Our readers have strong opinions on who is their favorite and how the [...]

Far from the Madding Crowd – Victorian Romance

By | September 20th, 2018|Categories: Entertainment, Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions|

Far from the Madding Crowd was written by Thomas Hardy in 1874. It was his fourth novel and the first one to see major literary success. The story was first published anonymously as a monthly serial in Cornhill Magazine. (Wikipedia) Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) considered himself a poet first and foremost but most remember him as [...]

Labor Day in the USA – the workers’ holiday

By | September 3rd, 2018|Categories: Edwardian Era, Holidays, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , |

The Industrial Revolution brought many and lasting changes to the labor force. We moved from a mostly agricultural society to one dominated by mechanization. Men, women, and children as young as five worked long hours in often dangerous conditions. It wasn’t unusual for people to work 12 hours a day, seven days a week for [...]

Victorian Days in Belvidere, NJ

By | August 12th, 2018|Categories: Destinations, New Jersey, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , |

Oh, the things you will see when you take the road less traveled! I love taking the ‘scenic route.’ On a recent trip through New Jersey, it was a delight to drive through Belvidere, New Jersey! Why take the interstate when there is a bridge over the Delaware River in this historic little town? [...]

Catholina Lambert and his castle on Garrett Mountain

By | August 8th, 2018|Categories: Destinations, Edwardian Era, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Growing up in the greater Paterson area of New Jersey had many perks. One of them was visiting Garrett Mountain and Lambert Castle. On a recent visit to the area, I was able to share the experience with my own daughter. What makes Lambert Castle so special? And, what of Catholina Lambert, the man who [...]

Caption This! Christmas in July 2018

By | July 22nd, 2018|Categories: Contests and Games, Edwardian Era, Recollections, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , |

Caption this! Christmas in July 2018 and win $50 We continue celebrating Christmas in July 2018 with this caption contest. Extra points for using Victorian vernacular! Your caption can be funny, thoughtful, or even a poem. It doesn't have to be related to Christmas. Our panel of judges will choose from the entries to determine [...]

Pizza and Queen Margherita of Savoy

By | April 7th, 2018|Categories: Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , |

Almost everyone who tastes pizza likes pizza and Queen Margherita was no different, right? Well, there may be some truth to that and maybe not. Pizza’s origins reach much farther back in history than Italy and the Queen’s involvement in the popularization of this now globally-known deliciousness on flatbread has roots more in legend than [...]