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, [...]

Rosedown Plantation

By | July 29th, 2015|Categories: Civil War, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

 Rosedown Plantation  - Grand 19th Century Estate   Rosedown Plantation is one of the grandest 19th century estates in Louisiana. Located in the northwest corner of Southeastern Louisiana, the home and grounds abut Alexander Creek, which flows into the Mississippi River a couple of miles downstream. The original plantation encompassed 3,455 acres at its height of production. [...]

Columbia Stage Society and the Town Theatre

By | July 24th, 2015|Categories: Pioneer Dress, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Columbia Stage Society Mission   Developing talent and entertaining area residents has been the cornerstone of the Columbia Stage Society's mission since its inception in June, 1919. Founded by families in area, the productions brought to the Town Theatre have always been a community effort - from stage to audience. Today, upwards of 30,000 patrons [...]

Ballet Tucson

By | July 16th, 2015|Categories: Fashion, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , , |

Ballet Tucson Background   Ballet Tucson grew out of the Ballet Arts Foundation, which was established in June, 1986. Their focus was and remains "to foster and develop both professional and a children's performing ensemble designed to meet the needs of young dancers in Southern Arizona with career aspirations." After nearly two decades in the [...]

Berwick Historical Society

By | July 14th, 2015|Categories: Edwardian Era, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Founding of Berwick and the Berwick Historical Society   Berwick, Pennsylvania was incorporated as a borough 1786 by Evan Owen, an Englishman who wanted to settle a village opposite the mouth of the Nescopeck Creek. By 1940, there was a need to preserve and record the history of the borough. The Berwick Historical Society [...]