Wench By Dolen Perkins-Valdez 304 pages; Amistad A righteous historical novel about female slaves on, yes, summer vacation with their masters in free-state Ohio.
The Colored Girl Beautful
by Azalia Hackley
The National Capital Code of Etiquette
by Edward S. Green
My Book lists
These are books I am looking for to help with my reenactment program
I have this One!
Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A Photographic Survey By Alison Gernsheim
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
Behide The Scenes
30 years slave and 4 years in the White House
Mary Lincoln's Dressmaker
the story of Lizzy, The first Lady's dressmaker.
Mary Todd Lincoln's Dress
Mary Lincoln’s purple velvet skirt and daytime bodice are believed to have been made by African American dressmaker Elizabeth Keckly. The first lady wore the gown during the Washington winter social season in 1861–62. Both pieces are piped with white satin, and the bodice is trimmed with mother-of pearl buttons. An evening bodice was included with the ensemble. The lace collar is of the period, but not original to the dress.
It has been a long time since I tried my hand at creating a website. After logging into several free sites, I closed down my first real website to save the money. I always missed having that chance to be creative in my thoughts and photo display. There is just so much you can do with the free bloggers and site. Well, I am very proud of my new creation. I hope you will stop by and let me know what you think. "Leave you calling card", as a true Victorian woman would say
This past October, Hearthside was set up to re-create the Victorian
mourning customs and practices during the time when Simon Thornton passed
away. Hearthside was all draped in black, giving all who pass by
the message that this is a house in mourning. We mourned the passing of Simon E. Thornton, former owner of Hearthside, who died on May
2, 1873. It was told to us that his body was prepared at the house by the undertaker, who would come with his equipment and a portable embalming table to do his service. The coffin was in the Drawing Room where visitors would come and pay their
respects. Each room in the house had displays of mourning clothing,
jewelry, artwork, stationery displays, post mortem photography, and
other funerary exhibits.
When a home goes into mourning, all the servants went into mourning also. I portrayed the cook mourning the lost of my dear master. I handed out Funeral Biscuits to all who came to pay their respects to the family.
According to Victorian customs, following the ceremony, the coffin would be carried out of the house, feet first, and into a waiting hearse to bring it to the grave site for burial.
I had the privileged to see RI Opera Diva Sissieretta Jones' concert gown being displayed, this Wednesday,
October 8th at the Redwood Library, in, Newport. A wine
and cheese reception at 5:30 pm was followed by a talk by
Ray Rickman at 6:00 pm. Sissieretta Jones became the first African-American
opera star to achieve global fame a century ago. Her silk champagne
colored concert gown, fragile with age and beautifully restored by
Deidre Windsor of Windsor Conservation, was on display for the first
time this century and then goes into storage.
The champagne colored gown, beautifully
restored by Deidre Windsor, who restored Jackie Kennedy's Newport
wedding dress and much of her wardrobe housed at the Kennedy Library,
was laid out in a private viewing room.
Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Sissieretta Jones April 28th
The Providence Journal did a wonderful coverage on our 2nd Annual Girl's Tea,
On May 17th, 2014, at the Governor Henry Lippitt House in Providence, I hosted a lovely young girl's tea to introduce them to CHRISTIANA BANNISTER, an abolitionist and businesswoman of the late 1800's.
As Christiana, I was able to introduce them to tea etiquette and proper manners to be used at the tea table. .
We also got a chance to talk to them about proper ways to introduce yourself when in public
It is very important that these lessons be taught to them while they are young. It will help them in years to come.
I am sure I have made an impression on them and they would want to take this knowledge with them throughout their lives.