This section provides answers to some frequently asked questions as well as information about booking me to speak. Contact me if you have questions!
I book programs three months to one year in advance. I offer a free Save the Date service ~ If you are unsure, please save your required date now to avoid disappointment. If you have a more immediate need, please call to check the date, as there may be dates yet available on shorter notice.
If there are more than twenty attendees expected, I require a microphone. All talks require a podium, and most require a screen in the presentation area upon which to project images.
Most programs have an accompanying presentation of slide images. I can use a laptop and projector supplied by the organization, or bring mine. I do require a screen upon which to present the program.
Depending upon the display required, I generally need two or three 6- 8-foot display tables upon which to display antique artifacts. If clothes racks and/or dress forms are available at the venue, that is appreciated. I will bring dress forms and stands for clothes, which are displayed both on the floor and on tabletops, depending upon quantity. Please don't place display tables in front of the screen area.
I arrive at the venue at least 1 ½ to two hours prior to the program start time. This allows time to set up displays, re-test equipment, and change into antique clothing for the program. A room (with mirror) in which to change other than the ladies’ room is greatly appreciated. If a library or similar, the staff restroom is perfect.
I generally need one hour to tear down her displays. I will remain in the room, with displays up, until the last patron has departed.
I am a vegetarian, so, if I will be joining your group for luncheon or dinner, a meatless meal is required. I also appreciate water when speaking.
My programs are structured for audience participation with smaller audiences. Questions are always encouraged. With larger groups, questions may be taken at the end of the program. I always stays at the display tables until all questions are answered and the last audience member has departed.
Bio and Publicity:
I have both extensive and abridged biographical sketches and photographs/headshots available for your publicity and program needs. You are encouraged to seek publicity and sponsors for any program open to the public. Please provide me with a copy of the final program. I can also email your event information to her extensive database of interested members at no additional cost to you.
I do not use background music while speaking. Music may be used while audience members are entering the room and after the program concludes.
If food is to be served at your event, please serve it before or after the program, but not during the program. Also be aware that audience members must keep food and drink strictly away from antique artifacts.
I generally request that room setup to be either round tables for luncheons or classroom/theater style seating. Other arrangements can be discussed.
All payment for programs is due by the day of the program. In some cases, a deposit may be required. I will send a standard agreement with terms. Agreed-upon expenses will be included.
Recording of Programs:
I do NOT permit audio or videotaping of programs. Still photography is welcomed.
When was the Victorian era?
Queen Victoria ascended the throne in England in 1837 and ruled until she died in 1901. Her son, Edward, then became King and ruled until 1910. The Victorian and Edwardian eras are often lumped together. In fact, what most people think of as ‘Victorian’ style is really Edwardian. Most of my programs and collections encompass both of these eras.
Will you travel to speak at my event?
Yes, I travel nationally to present programs when the client covers travel time, expenses and lodging.
Aren’t you hot in those antique clothes?
Antique Victorian clothing is not always warm! Remember, clothes were made of natural fibers and natural fibers ‘breathe’ unlike modern synthetics. Many times, several layers of antique clothing are cooler than one layer of modern clothing.
What interests you so much about the Victorian era?
It is a lost age of grace and beauty. Everything in the Victorian era was both useful AND beautiful. Women have made great strides socially and in the workplace, but there is something to be said for the genteel society of one hundred years ago.
Can I tour your house?
Yes, for special events I do open my home for select groups to tour. Please call or email me for details.
Is it safe to wear my antique gown?
Wearability of antiques depends upon a number of variables. How sturdy is the gown, how rare and/or valuable is it, what will you be doing in the gown, does it fit you, etc. Additionally, you should have appropriate undergarments, including a corset, to have an antique gown fit you correctly and to minimize wear and tear on the fabric. Most antiques can survive a gentle and careful wearing for tea or another special event depending upon variables. Do not wear any gown that is so precious that you would be devastated if it were damaged. I have had gowns ripped, torn, trains stepped on and things spilled on my antiques, some of which were irrepairable.
Do you rent antique or vintage clothes from your collection?
No, I do not. I do sell clothing and accessories, sometimes on eBay, or to private clients.