Mourning 2014

Our 10th Annual Mourning Event

A Death in the Family: Death and Mourning in the 19th Century – Saturday October 11, 2014 – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Photo by Lori Peterson

Image courtesy of Lori Peterson Photography

Start the 2014 fall season with one of our most interesting and unusual events, A Death in the Family. This is an open house style event, during which guests are free to visit exhibits throughout the Mansion and learn not only about mourning customs of the 19th century but illness, medical treatments, wakes, funerary practices and more from costumed volunteers and museum staff.

As well as visiting with our informative volunteers, guests get a chance to see a amazing collection of original objects related to death, mourning and medical practices, from private collections, that are on display just this one day every year.

As well as our regular fair we are also including three special exhibits this year.

2014 special exhibits: Continue reading


October Craft Night

Upcoming Craft Night Wednesday October 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm – Spooky Craft Party!

leavesThere is perhaps no night in the year which the popular imagination has stamped with a more peculiar character than the evening of the 31st of October, known as All Hallow’s Eve, or Halloween. It is clearly a relic of pagan times, for there is nothing in the church-observance of the ensuing day of All Saints to have originated such extraordinary notions as are connected with this celebrated festival, or such remarkable practices as those by which it is distinguished. ~The Book of Days, 1872

We’ll  be enjoying fall treats,  playing  19th century fortune telling games and maybe even telling a few ghost stories  at our annual Spooky Craft Party! We’ll also have a fun fall themed craft: skeletonizing leaves. This is an interesting process that removes all of the pulp from a leaf leaving behind the lacey vein structure. Victorians called floral displays made with skeletonized leaves ‘phantom bouquets’.

Instructor: Katherine Patterson

Date: Wednesday October 8, 2014 at 7 pm

Cost: Free, but registration is required

Click here for the supply list and other class information


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