Offers selected excerpts and illustrations from period courting and etiquette guides and manuals. Includes features such as bundling, the language of flowers, courting on the front porch, and the customs of engagement and marriage from the colonial era in America to the early 20th century. By Alain George, 30 pages.
This book explores how Victorians viewed death and dying, describing the cultural and social changes that occurred as a result of the historical events of their time. This concise, informative work is ideal for students of the nineteenth century, Civil War enthusiasts, and anyone interested in Victorian era culture. By Bernadette Loeffel-Atkins. Paperback, 56 pages.
Through compelling diary entries, letters, and 150 quilt blocks, Rosemary Youngs helps convey the true stories of Civil War soldiers, nurses, and civilians. Mixing traditional and original quilt blocks, this book includes clear instruction, full-size patterns, a collection of historical documents and amazing quilts. Combine the blocks to make any of three quilts featured in the book, or design your own arrangement to commemorate this profound era of United States history. By Rosemary Youngs. Paperback, 288 pages.
A complete manual for those who desire to understand the rules of good breeding, the customs of good society and to avoid incorrect and vulgar habits. Published in 1866, this book informs those of us in modern-day America the expectations of our mid-nineteen century ancestors within polite society. It also includes, The etiquette of courtship, marriage, domestic duties and fifty-six rules to be observed in general society. Paper: 167 pp.
The Civil War Diary Quilt: 121 Stories and the Quilt Blocks They Inspired, by Rosemary Youngs. The Civil War era was a time of great tragedy and triumph, and for a diverse group of women it was a distinctive thread in their lives and their quilting. This reference incorporates instructions, list of supplies, a photo gallery, and 121 quilt blocks inspired by actual diary entries from 10 women living during the Civil War. (288 pages, 8.5 x 7, Paperback)
Making Do: Substitutions of Scarce Items During the Civil War, by Virginia Mescher. As the war progressed, the Union blockade of Southern ports became tighter, and more and more everyday items became unavailable. This booklet contains a sample of some of the ways the people of the South coped with shortages. It includes ways to produce clothing items, food makeshifts (including some of the exotic meats), replacements for household supplies, and miscellaneous ways to replace ordinarily common items, e.g., glue, or stretch the available supply of scarce items like paper.