Today (Sunday) June 7, The Schroon-North Hudson Historical Society hosts a free lecture by Mary Jeanne Bialas, Trunks and Travel: A 19th Century Journey at the Strand Theater.
The interactive presentation brings to life the customs, sights, and sounds of travel in late-19th-century New York State. Exploring the preparations of a wealthy Victorian industrialist and his wife as they get ready to travel, participants learn about transportation modes, rules and etiquette of the road, proper attire, and the era's social expectations.
Trunks and satchels are packed and ready to go, filled with antique and vintage undergarments, outer-garments, shoes, and valuable accessories for a successful trip to anywhere in 1890. (There's no such thing as packing lightly for a wealthy Victorian.)
As the trip progresses, hardships and joys become the main focus. Rather than being told that life was different back then, the audience experiences it firsthand, by unpacking the trunks and other luggage, and comparing the perceived needs and standards of the Victorian era to today's travel customs.
When and Where: 2pm, The Strand Theater, Main Street, Schroon Lake, NY 12870 (518) 532-7615.