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Victorian Parlorcraft Circle: Handmade Bow Ties, Suspenders, and Arm Garters!

Special guest presenter Noam graciously shared his handmade bowties, suspenders, and arm garters with the Parlorcraft Circle, and talked about how he taught himself to make these historically-inspired items! Then Circle members made their own bow ties. Here are some … Continue reading

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Second Annual Antagonistics Weekend: The Victorian Art of Self-Defense

On July 28-29, 2012, The New York Nineteenth Century Society presented the second annual Antagonistics Weekend, presenting Bartitsu, the Victorian art of self-defense, to New York City. Mark P. Donnelly, Professore di Armes and a noted Bartitsu instructor, taught the … Continue reading

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Victorian Unmentionables: What Lies Beneath with Christine Evans

Thanks to a packed house that came out to see textile historian Christine Evans (nee Scott) give a fascinating lecture/demonstration on the complex underpinnings of a Victorian woman’s everyday attire, with some impeccably crafted reproduction garments as an educational tool! … Continue reading

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Oscar Wilde Walking Tour with John Cooper

“The Distinguished Lily-Consumer of England, Oscar Wilde, Reached New York – An Interview With the Utterly Utter Young Man” – 1882 newspaper headline Did you know that Oscar Wilde’s famous quip “I have nothing to declare but my genius” was … Continue reading

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CINCHED: Historic Corsets & Modern Corsetieres

We had a packed house for Cinched: Historic Corset and Modern Corsetieres on a Wednesday evening at Swift’s in the East Village! Thanks to everyone who came out – we hope you learned something about corsets! “Designers, costumers, and scholars … Continue reading

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Bartitsu Festival: The Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes

On July 23-24, 2011, The New York Nineteenth Century Society presented the Antagonistics Weekend, introducing Bartitsu, the Victorian art of self-defense, to New York City. Mark P. Donnelly, Professore di Armes and a noted Bartitsu instructor, taught the Saturday and … Continue reading

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Hours of Idleness: A Neoclassical Picnic at Wave Hill

“In honor of Memorial Day this May 30th, 2011, please join the NY Nineteenth Century Society for a picnic afternoon at Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center, a picturesque garden estate on the Hudson, dating to the 1840s! Enjoy … Continue reading

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19th Century Pub Crawl #3

There was a full house of over 60 people for the third installment of the 19th Century Pub Crawl hosted by Sarah Lohman. However, somehow we were all too drunk to take any photos! So you’ll have to content yourself … Continue reading

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Pancakes Aplenty Cooking up History at Brooklyn’s Old Stone House

Historic gastronomist and Nineteenth Century Society co-founder Sarah Lohman flips flapjacks over an open fire, and will recreate three historic pancake recipes: Pumpkin Cornmeal; Apple and Sour Milk; and Clove and Rosewater. Thank to the over 300 people who came … Continue reading

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Victorian Hand Sewing Class at Trade School

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