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.
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.
Rhode Island Black Heritage Society Hosts Annual Tea Party at Governor Lippitt House in Providence
The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society will host its second annual Tea Party for Girls at the Governor Lippitt House in Providence, at 2:00 p.m. This event invites girls 6 to 12 years old to learn the basics of social etiquette to build the skill-set needed for advancement in our changing society.
Today's young girls enjoy more opportunities than their mothers and grandmothers could ever imagine. But in order for them to advance further into leadership positions, it is crucial for them understand the many aspects of social etiquette. In hosting this unique event, the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society mixes the tradition of an afternoon tea party with the subtle lessons on the importance of making an admirable impression while making friends.
This year's Tea Party for Girls will feature an appearance by reenactor Lady Estelle, who will join the tea party in the role of Mrs. Christiana Carteaux Bannister, a 19th century New England businesswoman and abolitionist. Lady Estelle will share inspiring stories of historical African American women in Rhode Island while teaching the etiquette of taking tea.
The girls participating in this event will receive a free "Because I'm a Girl" bracelet from sponsor Alex and Ani as a gift. Laurie Onanian of Alex and Ani states "This bangle carries with it an empowering message for young women. 'Because I am a girl, I am born to achieve. I am capable. I am brave. I am born to inspire others and I am a blessing to the world.' This bangle is part of our Charity By Design program whereby 20% of all sales support Plan International USA's Because I am a Girl initiative, a movement to lift four million girls in the developing world out of poverty."
This year's tea party is also being sponsored by Preserve Rhode Island, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the goal of protecting Rhode Island's historic structures and unique places for present and future generations. Refreshments will be served during the party.
The Tea Party for Girls will take place at the Governor Lippitt House, 199 Hope Street in Providence. The event is free to participants. A girl can be sponsored for a $15 donation. For information, call (401) 421-0606 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To donate, send a check to 123 North Main Street, Providence, 02903. Donations can also be given online at Eventbrite.com (keyword search: RIBHS).
From time to time a Victorian woman must make some alterations on an old dress to create a new look. Well mine began with a lovely yellow ball gown I have not worn in year. The first time was at a Civil war ball in 2010.
It was a challenge being I have not sown in awhile. But it was the time to put on my Victorian thinking cap and come up with something smashing for my up and coming event. Here goes.
VICTORIAN GARDEN PARTY FOR AMERICAN GIRL DOLLS TO BE HELD AUG. 18
An afternoon of old-fashioned fun is in store for girls and their moms, along with their American Girl Dolls® on the grounds with a Victorian Garden Party being held on Sunday, August 18th.
This event is especially designed for girls ages 5-10. This event focuses on the leisurely past times during the Victorian age. There will also be refreshments of old-fashioned lemonade and cookies along with lawn games, such as croquet, graces and hoops. The fun continues with prizes and raffles, tours of the house, and shopping for a special treat for girls and their dolls.
There will be two seatings: one at 11:30 a.m. and the other at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for each child/adult pair and $12 for any additional children and may be reserved by calling Hearthside at 726-0597. Like our other doll events, we expect that tickets will go quickly, especially since seating is limited, so don't delay!
The Great Gatsby Auto Show at Hearthside House, this weekend past, was a smashing hit! We could not have asked for better weather. The lawn of Hearthside was filled with beautiful automobles of the past. It was a pleasue to meet the owners of these well kept and pampered automobiles. It made for a most memorable event in Hearthside's history.