The itinerary was culture.
A debutante need be immersed. Her manners, tested. Her status, presented. In the Victorian era, young women traveled Europe to broaden their education. . . and marital prospects.
Follow our fictional friend Johanna on her Grand Tour.
“It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot,” Queen Victoria once wrote of her holiday home, Osborne House. Continue reading “The History of Osborne House”
Synonymous with New Year’s Eve, Auld Lang Syne imbues nostalgia while evoking a sense of belonging and fellowship.
By: Clement Clarke Moore
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The Mother of Thanksgiving
Sarah Josepha Hale’s legacy is astounding. She penned the famed poem, Mary Had a Little Lamb and is one of America’s first female novelists. She published many famous authors as the editor of one of the most influential and successful periodicals of the time, Lady’s Book. Sarah campaigned for the completion of the Bunker Hill monument and the preservation of Washington’s Mount Vernon plantation, all while being a single mother of five children. And finally, Sarah Josepha Hale is known as the mother of Thanksgiving, for she successfully lobbied for it to become a National Holiday.