Vintage artifacts teach Victorian Era lifestyle
Linen, lace and letters representing life during Queen Victoria’s reign in England will journey across local classrooms beginning Aug. 1.
Georgia College Special Collections has packed Victorian Era artifacts into a vintage trunk to teach local educators and their students about the culture during that time period.
“We constructed and implemented this free, interactive trunk to introduce classes to women’s history, literature and social studies in an engaging, fun way,” said Kate Pope, archival associate in Special Collections.
Meeting Georgia Performance Standards for fourth-, fifth- and eighth-graders, the trunk features images, manuscripts, books and clothes of Britain and the United State from the Gilded Age (late 1860s to 1896) and post-Civil War Reconstruction (1863-1877) to Queen Victoria’s rule of England (1837-1901).
“Although this era is known heavily from a royal perspective, we made sure to cover the lifestyles of various socio-economic classes — from high society to immigrants of the 19th century,” Pope said.
The trunk guides teachers and students using summary information, worksheets and lesson plans. Special Collections also includes an online companion resource center to expand on the information.
Georgia College started offering themed Traveling Trunks to the community last year. Education students and faculty members of the John H. Lounsbury College of Education packed authentic artifacts from three historical landmarks: Old Governor’s Mansion; author Flannery O’Connor’s farm home, Andalusia; and Georgia’s Old Capital Museum.
“College of Education liaison Revel Pogue was instrumental in putting those informational trunks together and has helped us collect toiletries and garments from local antique stores that reflect the Victorian Era,” said Pope. “Items like paper dolls, decorative fans and long beaded gloves will bring this fascinating era back to life for students and educators to explore.”