Fall 2017 Ladies’ Victorian Tea

Although the weather was quite warm for late September, the Clark House was transported back in time to serve as a place for an afternoon tea. Guests were treated to a music as they entered the Clark House great room, beautifully decorated for a fall tea.

An introduction made by Executive Director, Jonathan Bogert, with a brief explanation about the Society and introduction of the speaker, Katie Gaudreau. Guests were invited to fill their plates with goodies and then served their choice of tea. The menu included: Cranberry Scones, Apple Cake, Assorted Cheese and Fruit, Pumpkin Muffins, Nut Break and Apple Cheddar Tea Sandwiches. The teas included: Irish Breakfast, White Peach, or the Clark House Fall Blend. The Clark House Fall Blend is available for purchase in the Society Gift Shop.

The day continued with a presentation given by Gaudreau. The Gilded Age, La Belle Epoque, the Edwardian Period, the turn of the 20th century is known by many names. Regardless of what it may be labeled, it was definitely an exciting time of change particularly for women. The styles in clothing were a distinct departure from the Victorian period, the rights of women were being questioned and fought for, even the beliefs of marriage and romantic love were evolving from that of the century before. The presentation brought up conversation and questions. After the presentation guests were invited to enjoy an exhibit of the styles of dress form 1900 to 1910 and look around the Victorian Clark House Mansion.

If you missed this event be on the look out for other events and be aware that there will be another opportunity to join us for tea in the Spring!!

Ladies Victorian Tea Fall 2017

It is once again time for one of the most popular fundraising events at the Historical Society, the Ladies Victorian Tea. This fall the tea will be held on Saturday September 23rd from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Clark House.

The Origin of Afternoon Tea

The origin of the afternoon tea can be traced back to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. She complained of “having that sinking feeling” during the late afternoon. At the time it was usual for people to take only two main meals a day, breakfast, and dinner at around 8 o’clock in the evening. The solution for the Duchess was a pot of tea and a light snack, taken privately in her boudoir during the afternoon.

Later, friends were invited to join her in her rooms at Woburn Abbey and this summer practice proved so popular that the Duchess continued it when she returned to London, sending cards to her friends asking them to join her for “tea and a walking of the fields.” Other social hostesses quickly picked up on the idea and the practices became respectable enough to move it into the drawing room. Before long all of fashionable society was sipping tea and nibbling sandwiches in the middle of the afternoon.

The Program for the Fall Tea

The Gilded Age, La Belle Epoque, the Edwardian Period; the turn of the 20th century is known by many names. Regardless of what it may be labeled, it was definitely an exciting time of change particularly for women. The styles in clothing were a distinct departure from the Victorian period, the rights of women were being questioned and fought for, even the beliefs in marriage and romantic love were evolving from that of the century before. Historian Katie Gaudreau will discuss the changing societal roles of women as seen through clothing, accessories, and other means during this time. Enjoy an exhibit of the styles of dress from 1900 to 1010 as you enjoy tea and refreshments at the Fall Victorian Ladies’ Tea.

Ticket Information

Tickets will go on sale on August 15 and will be available for $20 for non-members and $15 for members. For more information or to order tickets contact the Society at 724-463-9600 or email at ichistoricalsociety@gmail.com. Tickets are limited.

Ladies Victorian Tea

Volunteers getting the clothing displays ready.

On May 1, 2016 eighteen ladies enjoyed a Victorian style tea.  There was an assortment of teas, pastries and a program about women’s fashion in the 19th century by Katie Gaudreau.  If you missed this event be sure to watch our social media accounts as there will be plenty more events to attend so you can learn more about the history and culture of Indiana County.  A special thanks goes out to Flower Boutique for supply the centerpieces for the table.

Table settings
Flowers provided by Flower Boutique

Katie Gaudreau giving her presentation on 19th Century women’s fashion