Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Discover obsolete forms of communication - from a 100 years ago or more! Learn about charming Victorian customs that used flowers and fans to convey sentiments that were deemed "unacceptable" in society, or as a way to express good tidings or regrets. See beautiful antique calling cards, fans, autograph books, and more!
See first hand, what it took to dress and live as a Victorian woman. This interactive 90 minute program will entertain and enlighten guests of all ages! It's an fascinating peek at the daily routine of a Victorian Lady. Suitable for anyone who is interested in fashion and history! Perfect for a ladies group, special tea, or any occasion where a unique and fascinating program is desired.
My name is Wendy Batchelder - I am a historical interpreter from Grand Rapids Michigan. I work at the Grand Rapids Public Museum as an educator and costumer. I discovered a few years back, that there was a void to fill...a void of interest and knowledge of our past. I created "Lost Arts" as a way to bring history to life for guests! I wanted to show people what it was like to live (and dress!) 100 years ago - particularly as a woman. When I hear the words "fascinating", "delightful", and "interesting", after one of my programs - I know I've accomplished what I set out to do.
As a costumed interpreter, I find that presenting history in costume is an undervalued teaching tool.
Let's put a "face" on history! Let's give it a voice!
I desire for each guest to take away a new appreciation for the past, and a desire to learn more!