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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.Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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,…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
Venture into the world of 19th century hair work and learn about how locks of hair helped people affirm relationships in life and death.Find out more »
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...
A social history of clothing in Victorian London, and how the evolution of clothing has influenced what we wear today.Find out more »
Learn about popular 19th century women's hat styles, learn how to reproduce one for your own costume collection!Find out more »
Learn about the popular trends and fashionable customs for hand fans in Western culture during the 18th and 19th centuries through the 1920sFind out more »
Virtual History Happy Hour: “19th Century Footwear Innovations – Origins of the Modern Day Dress Shoe”
Learn about the history of 19th century footwear and fashion history, and find out which Victorian era styles have stood the test of time.Find out more »