Victoria Woodhull; First Woman to Run for President of the United States

By | November 21st, 2016|Categories: Civil War, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Victoria Claflin Woodhull was born on September 23, 1838, the seventh of 10 children born to Roxanna ‘Roxy’ Hummel Claflin and Reuben ‘Old Buck’ Buckman Claflin. Her mother was illegitimate and illiterate. Her father was a con man and snake oil salesman. The family lived in rural Homer, Licking County, Ohio. Life was not easy [...]

Women in the Civil War

By | November 15th, 2016|Categories: Civil War, Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , |

Nothing challenged Victorian ideology in the United States more than the Civil War. Women living during Antebellum America were the epitome of domesticity. The industrial revolution changed the way men worked. Men increasingly spent their work time away from home, moving into factories, offices, and shops. In what historians call ‘the Cult of True Womanhood,’ [...]

Sarah Josepha Hale – 19th Century Influencer Part 2

By | November 8th, 2016|Categories: Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , |

Sarah Josepha Hale – Poet, Novelist, Editor Within five years of David's death, Sarah published a novel, Northwood. In the novel, she describes the character and manners of New Englanders. One of the traditions she described in her book is very familiar to Americans. Baker shares Sarah's words with us. ”The table, covered with a [...]

Sarah Josepha Hale – 19th Century Influencer Part 1

By | November 5th, 2016|Categories: Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , |

Becoming Sarah Josepha Hale I was researching Godey's Lady's Book for a blog post and found Sarah Josepha Hale who was a large part of the success of this 19th-century publication. She also advocated for girls' education reform (although she was not a suffragist) and the establishment of Thanksgiving as a national holiday through her [...]

Lucy Brand, First Woman to Vote in New York

By | October 25th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , |

The year 1880 was an historic one for women in New York. At the end of the previous year, women didn’t have the right to vote in any election but were able to wield their influence nonetheless. In the Eleventh senatorial district, Miss Susan A. King gave time and money to the cause of electing [...]

Sarah Winchester, Still the Talk of the Town

By | October 15th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Sarah Pardee, The Belle of New Haven Sarah Lockwood Pardee was the fifth of seven children born to Leonard Pardee and Sarah Burns. There are no records to confirm when she was born, but it is estimated to have been between 1835 and 1845. Her family was part of the upper middle class in New [...]

Lady Clementina Hawarden – Fashion’s First Photographer?

By | October 11th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , |

Clementina Elphinstone Fleeming was born on June 1, 1822, at Cumbernauld House, located near Glasgow, Scotland. Her father was the Honorable Admiral Charles Elphinstone Fleeming who served in the Venezuelan and Colombian wars of liberation from 1811 through 1825. Her mother, Catalina Paulina Alessandro of Cadiz, an exotic beauty, was 26 years his junior. Clementina [...]

Julia Margaret Cameron – Groundbreaking Photographer

By | October 8th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , |

You never know what you are going to find when doing research for a Recollections blog post! While learning more about the Victorian pastime of tableau vivant, or posing for vignettes, the name of Julia Margaret Cameron came up. She was a very interesting woman who came to photography after her children were grown. She [...]

15 Facts about Ka’iulani; Hawaii’s Last Crown Princess

By | August 6th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , |

A chance happening brought the story of Princess Ka'iulani, a strong, intelligent young woman into my life. Here are a few bits of biography for your enjoyment. The Final Heir to the Hawaiian Throne Her first name was Victoria (after Queen Victoria). She was born on October 16, 1875. Her full name was Princess Victoria [...]