The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum announced today that, on Thursday, October 29, at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., local teacher E. Jane Sherman will speak about “Ladies in Black: Victorian Mourning Rituals and Superstitions,” followed by a candlelight tour of the “Mourning in the Manse” exhibit. Each program will begin with Ms. Sherman’s talk in the Educational Parlor of the Dolores Lescure Center of the WWPL, the building that houses the Woodrow Wilson Museum.
The candlelight tours of the “Mourning in the Manse” exhibit that follow the talk will be a rare opportunity to visit the Manse after dark. The admission price is $5.00. Space is limited and reservations are required. Please note that the topic is geared towards adults and may not be appropriate for young children.
The Mourning display includes a Victorian-era coffin in the parlor, a display of hair art, black crepe, mourning clothing and accessories, and wreaths and flowers. The hair art display consists of sentimental and ornamental jewelry and framed wreaths made from human hair. The exhibit will remain on display through November 14, 2009. “Mourning in the Manse” allows visitors to step back in time to understand with greater clarity this tradition from the time of our 28th President and his family. The exhibit demonstrates how very different funeral customs were at that time in our history.
E. Jane Sherman is a Certified Genealogist, a local teacher, and a Regent of the Augusta Parish Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her talk and the exhibit continue the Presidential Library’s effort to show various traditions in the Manse.
For reservations and questions about the Mourning program, contact Barbara L. Wimble, Manager of Visitor Services, at (540) 885-0897, ext. 106, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.