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July 2020

Virtual History Happy Hour : The Freak Show in American Life

July 16, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online
Free

One of the most popular forms of live entertainment in the nineteenth-century United States was the freak show: the exhibition of a large group of people with unusual bodies, skills, or cultural backgrounds, who performed on a stage in front of a large paying audience. From the 1840s to the 1920s, Americans from all across the country—from San Francisco to New York City, from the working class to wealthy elites—attended freak shows with a sense of awe, excited to see performers ranging from The Tattooed Lady to the The Living Chinese Family.

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Virtual History Happy Hour: The Family Historian

July 23, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online

The Family Historian: Capturing and Preserving the Stories of Things So many of the things around us have stories embedded in them with the memories and personalities of those who made, used and cherished them. These stories are typically lost when the last person who knows the stories confuses it or passes away without capturing it orally or in writing. Simple tools can help take you beyond the names, and dates of your ancestors and into the stories of their…

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September 2020

Virtual History Happy Hour: Restoring a Gold Rush Cabin

September 10, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online
Free

When gold was discovered in the rivers of Sutter Hill in Colma, California, the discovery drastically changed the landscape of 19th century California. A wave of settlers with gold in their eyes moved into mining hot-spots, building (and sometimes destroying) communities in the process. In this presentation, Andy Carpentier takes us through the restoration of an 1866 Gold Rush Cabin located in Sonora, CA, known as the "Queen of the Southern Mines." Join us for insight into the history, architecture,…

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October 2020

History Happy Hour: Whispers From Beyond

October 29, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online
Free

Local paranromal researchers Alameda Paranormal and The Haunted Bay visited to investigate the rumors of ghosts, spirits, and other-worldly energy at the Camron-Stanford House. Using specialized tools to measure paranromal activity and to attempt to communicate "beyond the veil" these researchers went room by room in search for evidence of spirits lurking in the shadows. Join us for a great discussion with the research team! They will tell us more about their work exploring paranormal activity in the Bay Area…

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November 2020

History Happy Hour: Life, Death, and Locks of Hair

November 5, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online
Free

Venture into the world of 19th century hair work and learn about how locks of hair helped people affirm relationships in life and death.

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December 2020

History Happy Hour: Of Gin-Slings and Timber Doodles

December 2, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Online
$10

Join us for a very special Virtual History Hour! We are slinging something a little different this time...
Together we will explore some common victorian era bar ingredients, walk through mixing cocktails using classic 19th century recipies (provided by the likes of Charles Dickens), and perhaps together we can solve the mystery of what exactly the mysterious long-lost recipe for the famed Timber Doodle cocktail might have been...

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March 2021

Virtual History Happy Hour: Why We Wear, What We Wear

March 4 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Online
Free

A social history of clothing in Victorian London, and how the evolution of clothing has influenced what we wear today.

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Virtual History Happy Hour: “Confections and Novelties: An Overview of 19th Century Hats”

March 18 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Online
Free

Learn about popular 19th century women's hat styles, learn how to reproduce one for your own costume collection!

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April 2021

Virtual History Happy Hour: Fans in Fashion and Western Culture

April 1 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Online
Free

Learn about the popular trends and fashionable customs for hand fans in Western culture during the 18th and 19th centuries through the 1920s

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May 2021

Virtual History Happy Hour: “19th Century Footwear Innovations – Origins of the Modern Day Dress Shoe”

May 6 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Online
Free

Learn about the history of 19th century footwear and fashion history, and find out which Victorian era styles have stood the test of time.

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