Wendy Batchelder

Historical Interpreter



Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan 


​"Victorian Lady"

About "Lost Arts"...

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! 

"Victorian secrets"

        "Lost Arts"...bringing history to life

 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!