Docenting at Heritage House Museum

Docenting at Heritage House Museum A page for (and by) the volunteer docents of Heritage House Museum in Riverside, CA.

This page is dedicated to sharing exactly what I do with all the time I spend volunteering at Heritage House Museum, as well as anything I find about the history of the house, the city and the time period in general, and the history of the house's docents. I'm thrilled to see other docents liking the page, and I'd encourage them to share their experiences as well - photos, stories, anecdotes, anyt

hing they think is relevant to their time at the house. For further information about the museum, visit:
http://www.riversideca.gov/museum/heritagehouse/

12/06/2023

The Alpine legend is the original bad Santa.

12/05/2023

Cappadocia, Turkey

French beaded funeral wreaths, also known as “Immortelles”, are beautiful and intricate creations that were used to hono...
12/04/2023

French beaded funeral wreaths, also known as “Immortelles”, are beautiful and intricate creations that were used to honor the deceased in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

They were made of glass beads and metal wires, and often featured flowers, crosses, words, or images. They were popular in Europe, especially in France, Italy, and Germany.

Some of them were preserved under glass domes, while others were exposed to the elements and deteriorated over time. You can find some examples of these amazing works of art on the web.

I wonder what inspired the people who made them and what stories they could tell.

"The wassail bowl is a vessel (generally made of wood and often mounted in silver) used on ceremonial occasions for drin...
12/03/2023

"The wassail bowl is a vessel (generally made of wood and often mounted in silver) used on ceremonial occasions for drinking toasts. The word wassail derives from Old Norse ves heill, meaning “be well, and in good health.” The name has come to be generally applied to any bowl from which a toast is drunk, as well as to the actual drink itself." ~ Britannica

"Louis Prang (March 12, 1824 – June 15, 1909) was an American printer, lithographer, publisher, and Georgist. .At Christ...
12/03/2023

"Louis Prang (March 12, 1824 – June 15, 1909) was an American printer, lithographer, publisher, and Georgist. .

At Christmas 1873, Prang began creating greeting cards for the popular market in England and began selling the Christmas card in America in 1874. Therefore, he is sometimes called the "father of the American Christmas card".

Prang is also known for his efforts to improve art education in the US, publishing instructional books and creating a foundation to train art teachers.

Prang was an active supporter of women artists, both commissioning and collecting artworks by women. Many of his lithographs featured works by female artists, such as the botanical illustration of Ellen Thayer Fisher. In 1881, his company employed more than one hundred women." ~ Wikipedia

https://www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/louis-prang.../

Victorian Elf Christmas Cards."Elves are present in Germanic, British and Scandinavian folklore in which they are often ...
12/03/2023

Victorian Elf Christmas Cards.

"Elves are present in Germanic, British and Scandinavian folklore in which they are often referred as light elves (good) or dark gnome like elves (bad).

In pagan times, Elves were believed to guard homes against evil. If you were good, the elves would be good to you, but if you were bad, they would play tricks on you. They were known to give people nightmares by sitting on their head while they were asleep.
To keep the elves well fed, happy and out of mischief, people left a bowl of porridge on the doorstep at night.

The use of the name “elf” in old English reflects the characters’ mischievous nature. The English word elf is from the old English ælf or elf. The word was combined to create the words ælfadl “nightmare” and ælfsogoða “hiccup”, afflictions apparently thought to be caused by elves!

Already associated with story-telling and magic, elves began to be associated with Christmas in the mid – 1800s, when they became Santa’s helpers. Christmas celebrations were gathering popularity and Scandinavian writers penned the elves’ role as we know it today: good hearted fairy like helpers of Santa Claus that are sometimes mischievous."

https://elfcrazy.com/the-origins-of-the-christmas-elf.../....

Lars Axel Carlson (11 March 1921– 18 December2002) was a Swedish illustrator, best known for his large production of Chr...
12/03/2023

Lars Axel Carlson (11 March 1921– 18 December2002) was a Swedish illustrator, best known for his large production of Christmas cards and other greeting cards. He has also illustrated and written children's books with a Christmas theme.

Lars Carlson was born in Västergötland and grew up in Dalarna. He began his career as an errand boy and got temporary work as a decorator.

He was then employed as a porcelain decorator at Rörstrand's porcelain factory. He began painting Christmas cards in the late 1940s

"Mary Agnes Yerkes, August 9, 1886 – November 8, 1989), was an American Impressionist painter, photographer and artisan....
12/02/2023

"Mary Agnes Yerkes, August 9, 1886 – November 8, 1989), was an American Impressionist painter, photographer and artisan. She was skilled in the media of oil, pastel and watercolor. Her professional career was cut short by the Great Depression, but she still continued to paint well into her nineties with a passion for her craft and nature. She is noted for her plein-air painting while camping the American West and its National Parks." ~ Wikipedia

12/01/2023
We are all decked out for the holidays! Come pay us a visits this weekend -- Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  We'll tell yo...
12/01/2023

We are all decked out for the holidays! Come pay us a visits this weekend -- Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We'll tell you how folks celebrated over 100 years ago...

Free tours at Noon, 1:15pm, 2:15pm and 3:15pm. And be sure to mark your calendars for our Victorian Christmas Open House on December 10th!

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8193 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA
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Saturday 12pm - 3:30pm
Sunday 12pm - 3:30pm

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This is a space for sharing what the dedicated docents of Heritage House Museum in Riverside, CA do, as well as anything related to the history of Heritage House, the Bettner family, early Riverside and the Victorian period in general, and the history of the museum’s docents. Docents are encouraged to share their experiences - photos, stories, anecdotes and anything else to do with the time they spend volunteering at the house. For further information about the museum, visit: http://www.riversideca.gov/museum/heritagehouse/


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