Valentine’s Day 2017 Crossword Game

By | February 8th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , , |

Welcome to day one of Valentine's Day 2017 Crossword Game. It's a crossword without clues. Instead, we are giving you two letters to start you off. Each day we'll add more letters until someone submits all of the correct words. Think of it like one of the games they play on Wheel of Fortune. Hyphens [...]

New Crossword Contest – Victorian Clothing Day One

By | January 15th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , |

Welcome to day one of our new contest. We're trying something different this time. It's a crossword without clues. Instead, we are giving you three letters to start you off. Each day we'll add three more letters until someone submits all of the correct words. Think of it like one of the games they play [...]

Jane Peterson, American Impressionist

By | January 14th, 2017|Categories: Edwardian Era, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , |

Jane Peterson was a centennial baby. She was born on November 28, 1876, in Elgin, Illinois. Her parents were an Elgin Watch Company employee and a homemaker. They named her Jennie Christine. Little did they know that their baby would grow up to be considered one of the most prolific and brilliant impressionist painters of [...]

Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol

By | December 3rd, 2016|Categories: Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , , , , , |

No other author conjures thoughts of Christmas like Charles Dickens. His story, A Christmas Carol, has been told and told again each year during Yuletide. It is a classic tale or redemption we enjoy experiencing as part of our holiday tradition. Charles Huffam Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 in Portsmouth, on the southern [...]

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 [...]

Caption This! Halloween Photo Contest

By | October 29th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , , |

In our continuing celebration of Halloween, we're inviting you to participate in our 'Caption This!' Halloween photo contest. There are 10 photos from which to choose. Rules Caption one or caption all ten. You don't have to caption each photo to win. One winner per photo. You can only win once. Each winner receives a [...]

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 [...]