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Sarah Hale Campaigned 17 Years For Our National Thanksgiving Holiday

Sarah Hale Campaigned 17 Years For Our National Thanksgiving Holiday

Sarah Hale was one of America’s original tastemakers. As co-editor of the enormously successful Godey’s Lady’s Book, she was the Read More>...

Jules Verne Facts And Myths: Around The World In Eighty Days

Jules Verne Facts And Myths: Around The World In Eighty Days

On November 14, 1889, Nellie Bly set sail  to beat the fictional record set by Jules Verne in his novel, Around Read More>...

Victorian Era Halloween Games Spelled Romance

Victorian Era Halloween Games Spelled Romance

By the Victorian Era, Halloween rituals had become gentler and sweeter. For some revelers, Halloween rivaled Valentine’s Day. Still, it Read More>...

The Supernatural Ruled Victorian Era Halloween Festivities

The Supernatural Ruled Victorian Era Halloween Festivities

For centuries, people have viewed Halloween as a time when the veil between life and death is temporarily raised. It Read More>...

Top Five Secrets Of Victorian Era Sea Bathing

Top Five Secrets Of Victorian Era Sea Bathing

Sea Bathing had long been praised as “the cure” for everything from general malaise to broken bones and deadly diseases. Read More>...

Victorian Era Pleasure Piers And The Working Class Holiday

Victorian Era Pleasure Piers And The Working Class Holiday

Victorian Era Pleasure Piers flourished along with the working class holiday starting in the 1840s. Seaside resorts were sprouting out of Read More>...

Parasols Said It Best!

Parasols Said It Best!

Parasols said it best in an era when people often had to communicate without words.   Imagine life minus email, cell Read More>...

Queen Victoria Had Multiple Mother Issues

Queen Victoria Had Multiple Mother Issues

Queen Victoria had multiple mother issues.  First, she had issues with her own mother.  Later she had mother issues with each Read More>...

Victorian Era Games: Peter Coddle’s Trip To New York

Victorian Era Games: Peter Coddle’s Trip To New York

The Victorian Era Game, Peter Coddle’s Trip To New York, was all the rage at parties and social gatherings in Read More>...

Fun With Victorian Era Easter Eggs: Tapping, Shackling, Dancing

Fun With Victorian Era Easter Eggs: Tapping, Shackling, Dancing

People have had springtime fun with eggs for centuries. Fun with Easter egg tapping, shackling, and dancing have all provided springtime Read More>...

Aida Overton Walker Broke Stereotypes: Victorian Era Stage

Aida Overton Walker Broke Stereotypes: Victorian Era Stage

Aida Overton Walker broke stereotypes of the Victorian Era Stage both as an African American and as a female musical Read More>...

Victorian Era Vinegar Valentines: Hate Mail Or Tough Love?

Victorian Era Vinegar Valentines: Hate Mail Or Tough Love?

Were Victorian Era Vinegar Valentines hate mail or tough love?  They offered a tart or spicy alternative to the sweet Read More>...

Queen Victoria’s Wedding Broke Some Rules

Queen Victoria’s Wedding Broke Some Rules

Queen Victoria’s wedding broke some rules and undoubtedly raised a few eyebrows on February 10, 1840. Like so many famous Read More>...

Could Elizabeth Bisland Have Won Nellie Bly’s Race?

Could Elizabeth Bisland Have Won Nellie Bly’s Race?

Could Elizabeth Bisland have won Nellie Bly’s race around the world if Joseph Pulitzer had not chartered The Miss Nellie Read More>...

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