Since I started my blog three and a half years ago, I've become acquainted with some very interesting people around the world. Some of them are other bloggers, some are antique lovers, collectors, or crafters that have developed various ways of pursuing their interests. I met my friend Laura Loew of Medina, Ohio because she sent an e-mail of introduction and link to her website called Lost in the Past. To say I was impressed would be an understatement!
Besides holding a full time job, Laura has found a way to invite others into the fascinating world of Victorian clothing, customs, and daily life by conducting presentations she has created, complete with factual information, antiques from the era, and time for Q and A from the audience. Some of her topics include "Lizzie Borden: Did She or Didn't She?"; "The Victorian Garden"; "The Victorian Scrap Book"; and "Tale of the Corset".
Here's Laura in her Victorian-era finery:
All photos used with permission of Laura Loew
Laura also organizes and hosts a Young Lady's Victorian Tea at the Medina County Historical Society a couple times each year. The girls (grades 3-6) dress up in hoops and skirts and decorate their own fans and umbrellas. Laura designed a curriculum to teach them vintage crafts, etiquette, fashion history and more during the half day program. There is also a tea for older girls who do more advanced crafts, Civil War dancing and a croquet tourney.
The John Smart House, built in 1886, is the setting for the Victorian Tea:
A perfect setting for the Victorian Tea, don't you agree?
This young lady is really getting in touch with her vintage side:
Laura (far right) with her girls:
Some of Laura's lovely models wearing authentic clothing from the early 1900's at a different presentation:
In the picture below, Laura gives a talk about bridal fashions:
Just to give an example of Laura's thoughfulness, she recently e-mailed me to let me know she followed up on my post about Ollivene, the heroine of my post titled "Remembering Those Old School Chums". She found out Ollivene lived to the ripe old age of 85, which made me happy to know, and that she married a man named Willis. For some reason I believe she had a good life. Thanks, Laura!
If you are somewhat near Medina, Ohio, consider contacting Laura for a presentation. I can picture her at an antique mall, Questers event, or to lend authenticity to a Victorian-themed tea time bridal shower. There are many possibilities, just ask Laura!