Victorian Women Who Made the World a Better Place

The Victorian Age was a period of incredible growth and change in North America and most of Europe. Arriving on the heels of the Industrial Revolution, the Victorian era was marked by rapid advancements in science, technology, and medicine. Queen Victoria’s reign brought not only the proliferation of steam-driven transportation (trains and boats), but also... Continue Reading →

Celebrating Twelfth Night

If you’re familiar with the classic Christmas carol “The 12 Days of Christmas,” you likely see it as either a really fun countdown song (see: John Denver & The Muppets’ rendition) or a cute carol featuring a lot of birds that goes on a bit too long. What you might not know is that “The... Continue Reading →

Christmas Traditions in the Victorian Age

Christmastime is here! And when the most wonderful time of the year arrives, the most meaningful traditions aren’t far behind. Decorating Christmas trees and homes, giving gifts, exchanging Christmas cards…we eagerly anticipate these things every year. But traditions weren’t always traditions. All traditions have a beginning, and many of these beginnings happened during the Victorian... Continue Reading →

A Garden Party on Governor’s Island

In late May 1908, a garden party was held at Governor's Island, NY. Let your mind wander to a time of grandeur. Relish in the grace and gentility exhibited in the following images. Photos are courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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