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Saying Goodbye In Victorian America

April 24, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Did you know that in Victorian America widows would save their mourning tears in tiny glass vials known as Tear Catchers?

Did you know that many Victorian homes displayed beautiful hair wreaths woven from their departed ancestor’s locks in their parlors?

Do you know how Victorians protected themselves from mistakenly being buried alive?

These and many other fascinating 19th century mourning customs and superstitions will be revealed in an intriguing program titled “Saying Goodbye in Victorian America.” Written and produced by Tom La Porte, its initial presentation will be held at the Bristol Historical Society on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7 PM.

This visual presentation is a detailed study illustrating how our ancestors dealt with the mourning process and its related customs and is filled with period images simultaneously blended with a comprehensive narration and compelling music. In addition, Tom has a second “mystery program” that will both entertain and enlighten you on a little known major problem that confronted our 19th century ancestors. As with most of the programs presented at the Bristol Historical Society, theme related refreshments will be served.

Admission is free to members and $5.00 for the public.


Mark your calendar now for a wonderful, informative and entertaining evening.


April 24, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Bristol Historical Society
98 Summer Street
Bristol, 06010 United States
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