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Haunted Hearts and Household Ghosts: Dead but Not Departed in Victoria's Britain

  • Glessner House 1800 S. Prairie Avenue Chicago United States (map)

When Queen Victoria’s beloved husband Prince Albert died in 1861, she swathed herself in black and mourned his loss for the rest of her life. In turning his memory into an ever present ghost, Victoria was not alone in her desire to keep the dead from departing. Her subjects had their own ways of keeping the memory of lost loved ones alive, including mourning etiquette, household memorials, and ritualized means to contact the dead.

On the night before Halloween, come explore Victorian-style mourning in a light-hearted look at the rituals and relics - from graveyard gatherings and seances to posthumous portraits, hair jewelry, and spirit photography - that gave the dead a vital role in daily life.

The presentation will be given by Debra Mancoff, a popular lecturer, Scholar in residence at the Newberry Library, and the author of numerous books on Britain in the 19th century.

$10 per person / $8 for members

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Image: Queen Victoria’s five daughters in mourning, March 1862.