Discover obsolete forms of communication - from a 100 years ago or more! Learn about charming Victorian customs that used flowers and fans to express sentiments, good tidings or regrets. See beautiful antique calling cards, fans, autograph books, and more!
"Story Time With the Queen"
~ Invite a "Queen" to your next kid's party or classroom event! Medieval themed stories read by myself in full Medieval costume. Contact me to include a possible craft or project in the Medieval theme.
Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan
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.
My name is Wendy Batchelder - I am a historical interpreter from Grand Rapids Michigan. Working as an educator and costumer for many years, I discovered that there are many people who crave more information on what is was really like to dress and live as a Victorian woman. I created "Lost Arts" as a way to bring history to life for people, by demonstrating exactly what it took to dress over a 100 years ago. Young people and guests of all ages seem as interested as I am in this subject! I am delighted to present this unique program all over the area. 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!
Interested in a historical character to enliven a history lesson? Contact me to see how I can help! As a seasoned educator, I am able to help bring history to life in the classroom - as a Medieval Lady, Betsy Ross, Anna Bissel, a Civil War Lady, any historical character from the 1870's or 1880's, an Edwardian (Titanic) Lady, or a late Victorian Lady complete with fashions, items, games & toys, or etiquette lessons.
I have taught many years of summer camps and classes, from preschool to upper elementary. All ages...Girl Scouts, youth groups, and homeschool students.
Need something a little different? How about a interactive time exploring "Glowing Creatures-Bioluminescence" (with a firefly craft!), "Fossil Hunters"-Rocks & Fossils, "Victorian Toys & Games"(with a craft!), "People of this Place"-Michigan Native American Life, "Printmaking", "Stitches Hand Sewing", and more!
A complimentary program poster for your scheduled "Victorian Lady" program! Email me for a link to the file, or the poster could be mailed directly to you.
For the Classroom...
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