Thursday, August 20, 2015
I truely enjoy the reenactment of the events and times of the Victorian era. But I have been asked by the Rhode Island Historical Society to be apart of their John Brown House Museum's event.
It turned out that I was to meet the President of the United State, in the time period of George Washington.
Now, what would I wear to meet the President? What would I say? Am I a slave or free person? These are all the questions I needed to find out.

First - What to wear?
I researched some paintings of women of color in the 1700's by Agostino Brunias.

Thanks with the help of the Rhode Island Historiacal Society, we were able to dress me properly for the era.

Now, for the persona- Am I a slave of free person?
We came up with, I was a free person that sold flowers in the town and market place. I was pleased. I sold my roses, that day, to the fine well dressed ladies of society. 
 I charge them five pennce each.

Time to meet the President, George Washington!
I am so nervous, unsettled and began to worry. What do I say?

 He was so stately. Standing taller than tall. But most of all, he had a kind gentle face. He smiled at me, took my hand and bowed. I was enchanted. Meeting this great representation of a man, was the highlight of the day, 

References to the event in the media.

Sunday, July 19, 2015
I enjoy my role as the great Victorian lady and teaching etiquette to young ladies at the historic Hearthside House Museum 

This month, we at Hearthside transform our museum and grounds into the 1904 Worlds Fair.
It was a lot of work for months. We wanted to show what took place at this historic event.
We, the docents and staff  took on amazing transformations to take you back in time.

 I was asked to take on a challenge and portray a great African American man in history. He was Doc. William Key.

                                 Preparing for my interpretation of Dr William Key
It was the first time in my reenactment days, have I ever portrayed a gentleman. It was quite a challenge and interesting.
 It was not easy. The mustache kept getting in my mouth when I talked. I kept wanting to pose like, Lady Estelle when folks wanted to take my photo. I did not know what to do with my hands. But all in all, it was a lots of fun.

 A self-trained veterinarian, “Dr.” William Key was born a slave in 1833. Even as a child Bill was recognized for having extraordinary horse whispering and animal healing skills – using only kindness and no force. 
Read more about the Doc and his amazing horse, Beautifull JIM. 

 Doc and Beautiful Jim was one of the main attractions at the 1904 St. Louis Worlds Fair.



It was also a big attraction at Hearthside's 1904 World's Fair.

He is the smartest house in the world. He can write, spell, knows colors and can count money.
He proformed for the children and his true history amazed the adults.

I was honored to have been able to teach such a beautiful and true story to so many interested people.

Monday, June 1, 2015
The Annual American Girl Doll Tea at Hearthside was again a huge success.

I gave at lessons on tea etiquette and proper manners in public.

                  What a wonderful way the end the month of March!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
It was a lovely warm Monday morning in May, 2015. Our Memorial Day parade went off as planned.
My grand daughter had been marching with me, in the parade ever since she was 7 years old. She is now 11.
We are reminding the young onlookers about the upcoming American Girl Doll Tea Party next weekend, on May 30 and the 31.
We, at the Hearthside House Museum, are also preparing for our upcoming event " The 1904 World Fair"

                                         In July, on Sunday, the 12th.

                                                     At the Hearthside House Museum
                                It turned out to be a day to remember! Happy Memorial Day!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Nice to meet you, Estelle (virtually). I was so happy to find your blog and site!  I am ALSO a former Harlem School of Dance student. I've worked professionally on stage and I am now a playwright and screenwriter...who happens to LOVE Victorian and Edwardian dress and history (see my blog  I have been looking for balls, dances, picnics, teas and events to wear my Edwradian lawn dress, and the new Worth reproduction bustle gown that I just purchased. Also interested in period dance events and classes that aren't too far from NYC.  California seems to be more on the ball when it comes to period events.

Victoria and Edward: Black NY and London, 1837-1910: IN MY OWN IMAGE: I have always liked cosplay and to dress in period costume. From a little girl dressing extravagantly every Halloween, to my early caree...

Sunday, May 10, 2015
On a lovely sunny, warm and beautiful Saturday afternoon, the guest arrived at the historic Hearthside House to be greeted by the family and staff (Downton Abbey Style).

The docents were dressed as servants and was in form for inspection for their duties.
                           All was in order.

 The kettles and pots of hot water for tea was prepared by Providence's Victorian Tea Lady Estelle.

 I am sure the Lord and Lady of Downton Abbey would have approved of this gracious service.

I would like to wish all the Mothers that attend this tea, a "HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY"
Monday, April 20, 2015
The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society asked me to be a guest speaker at their young girls elegant tea.
I was honored.
This would be my 3rd year contributing my services to this important event. The persentation was on the taking of tea in a proper manner.

It was a pleasure to work with Ray Rickmen, Robb Dimmick and Shemika Moore.

The young ladies came all divinely dress with handmade hats to get it the tea spirit,

These lovely young girl are at an impressionable age and need proper guidance on the social graces.
I hope that what they have learned from me, will follow them into womanhood.

Special thanks goes out to the parents. For they know of the importance of these teas and etiquette lessons.

I am honored that they allowed me, Lady Estelle to be their teacher and hostess...

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