I enjoy having tea and blogging with my tea friends. This blogging thing is a passion of mine. I enjoy it immensely.
I hope you come often and invite your tea friends here. I really would enjoy the company.
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.
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,
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.
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. http://www.beautifuljimkey.com/history.htm
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.
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.
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 http://victoriaedward.blogspot.com/2014/02/in-my-own-image.html) 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.