Tuesday, October 12, 2010



Tuesday, Oct 12th 7:00 p.m. Greece Town Hall, One Vince Tofany Blvd, 14612

Trunks & Travel.... A 19th Century Journey

(a program of the New York Council for the Humanities)

by Mary Jeanne Bialas

The audience is part of this program, which brings to life the customs, sights, and sounds of travel in late-19th-century New York State. Exploring the preparations of a wealthy Victorian industrialist and his wife as they get ready to travel, participants learn about transportation modes, rules and etiquette of the road, proper attire, and the era's social expectations. Trunks and satchels are packed and ready to go, filled with antique and vintage undergarments, outer-garments, shoes, and valuable accessories for a successful trip to anywhere in 1890. (There's no such thing as packing lightly for a wealthy Victorian.) As the trip progresses, hardships and joys become the main focus. Rather than being told that life was different back then, the audience experiences it firsthand, by unpacking the trunks and other luggage, and comparing the perceived needs and standards of the Victorian era to today's travel customs. This program includes an exhibit of post-Civil War travel outer garments and accessories for men, women, and children. Digital projection enables large-scale presentation of graphics and photos of transportation and travelers.

Ms Bialas is director of Victorian Whispers, in Oneida County, an educational program development agency.

Sponsored by Speakers in the Humanities, a program of the New York Council for the Humanities.

Reservations are not necessary.

For additional information call 585-225-7221

or visit http://www.greecehistoricalsociety.net

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