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! 

"Victorian Secrets"

Planning ahead...Spring/Summer 2018

"Victorian Lady" Tea for Girl Scouts

and their families
  Hosted by Engine House 5 Fire Museum

Saturday, June 2 at 2 PM - 3:30 PM

Engine House 5 Fire Museum
6610 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale, Michigan 49401
History Museum
(616) 895-8121

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. 

Find "Lost Arts" on Instagram! Lost_Arts_Revived

Wendy Batchelder

Historical Interpreter



Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan 

        "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. 


"Victorian Lady"

​About "Lost Arts"...


 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! 

​​"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. 

What's New!...spring 2018


"Victorian Lady"

Grandville Branch   Thursday, March 1

6:15pm - 7:45pm  

4055 Maple St SW, Grandville, MI 49418

Krause Memorial Branch  Monday, March 19

 6:00pm - 7:30pm
140 E Bridge St NE, Rockford, MI 49341

Gaines Township Branch   - (will be rescheduled due to weather)
421 68th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548

Walker Branch  Thursday, May 3

6:30pm - 7:30pm
4293 Remembrance Rd NW, Walker, MI 49534