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

City of Riverside - Mayor Rusty Bailey
02/09/2020

City of Riverside - Mayor Rusty Bailey

52 Favorite Things To Do in Riverside: Stroll Along the Riverwalk! Get outside and take a leisurely stroll with your furry friend 🐕

Valentine’s Day in the Victorian Era
02/07/2020
Valentine’s Day in the Victorian Era

Valentine’s Day in the Victorian Era

From Christian martyrs to Chaucer to Shakespeare, Valentine's Day can be traced back to Ancient Rome, but it is the Victorians who made it into the holiday we know today.A British ValentineVictorian Valentine cards were flat

Come visit for Valentine's Day  Feb.7-16 Fri,Sat &Sun 12-3:15.
02/07/2020

Come visit for Valentine's Day Feb.7-16 Fri,Sat &Sun 12-3:15.

Look what we have..
02/07/2020

Look what we have..

Art of Mourning
02/06/2020

Art of Mourning

This is a memento mori ribbon slide from c.1680 that states ‘COME YE BLESSED’. It shows death, two cherubs and has woven hair underneath the faceted crystal.

Death and decay are naturally fearful for our mortality. Presenting these symbols in context with fashion only amplify this message and create a level of anxiety about how to spend time; be it for the benefit of the self, church or crown. Time is fleeting, as the ‘tempus fugit’ Latin phrase often suggests in memento mori jewels. How memento mori (remember you will die) is used as a fashionable affectation depends upon the wearer from the earliest of periods through to the Enlightenment. At one stage, it was a literal fact, in the other, it was about self-awareness. These two different opinions speak towards the afterlife in a way that’s unknown and judged. If one is unknown, then it is best to maximise the passage of life into a superior place and aspire to a new level, in the other, it is to work harder in order to be judged fairly and join the family on the other side. These values are personal and related to the family.

#death #jewel

Fullerton Fire Knockers Vintage Base Ball Club
02/06/2020

Fullerton Fire Knockers Vintage Base Ball Club

A tough preseason match this Sunday against the @riversidesmudgepots ! Come out to ladera vista middle school in fullerton Sunday at noon!! The defending champs take on your fullerton Fire knockers! @socalvintagebaseball @sfpelicans @trinitybatco @heroesfullerton #huzzah

Museum of Riverside
02/04/2020

Museum of Riverside

Have you marked your calendar? At Heritage House on February 8th, make a Howland-inspired Valentine or a sassy vinegar Valentine, play a rousing game of croquet, and take a docent-led tour to learn more about Victorian Valentine traditions.

https://www.facebook.com/events/491086241446008/

01/31/2020
Museum of Riverside

Museum of Riverside

The Museum of Riverside is a center for learning and a community museum that collects, exhibits, and interprets cultural and natural history. The Museum is responsible for 3 historic sites: Main Museum (CLOSED), Heritage House, and NHL Harada House.

Insect Jewelry of the Victorian Era | JSTOR Daily
01/25/2020
Insect Jewelry of the Victorian Era | JSTOR Daily

Insect Jewelry of the Victorian Era | JSTOR Daily

The wing-cases of gold-enameled weevils hung from necklaces; muslin gowns were embroidered with the iridescent green elytra of jewel beetles.

Museum of Riverside
01/25/2020

Museum of Riverside

Pests! They're a big fear in museum collections. As part of our constant effort to control the threat of insect pests, we carefully packed and loaded more than 12,000 taxidermy, botanical, and other natural history specimens onto a freezer truck, where they will remain for four weeks. Beetles, moths, and others that munch on organic material thrive at warm temperatures but cannot withstand long-term below-zero freezing. To get everything to the off-site freezer truck, staff first loaded rolling racks of objects onto a rented truck. Following the freezing process, the specimens will be transported to new archival cabinets at our secure collections facilities.

21st Century Victorian Lady
01/23/2020

21st Century Victorian Lady

#Fashion Plate of two Visiting Toilettes from an issue of "The Delineator," published in January, 1897. #VictorianEra

Which ensemble strikes your fancy—the Earth toned or the Jewel toned?

Image Source: Pinterest

Museum of Riverside
01/22/2020

Museum of Riverside

Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day! If you stop by the Heritage House this weekend (Friday-Sunday 12pm-3:15pm) chances are good you'll spot a few of our resident tree squirrels scurrying about!

When life gives us lemons,we make concentrate for Ice Cream Social!
01/19/2020

When life gives us lemons,we make concentrate for Ice Cream Social!

Heritage House was a part of Doors Open this year too!
01/19/2020

Heritage House was a part of Doors Open this year too!

What do the communities of El Cerrito, Riverside, Livermore, the neighborhood of Beverly Fairfax, and Manzanar National Historic Site all have in common? They are all recipients of the 2019 Governor’s Historic Preservation Award, given in recognition of exemplary achievements in preserving California’s heritage. Learn more about each of these award recipients at http://ohp.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=24513. Then watch the awards ceremony live-streamed here on the OHP page beginning at 1:00pm on January 22, 2020. Historic preservation is worth celebrating!

Steampunk Tendencies
01/17/2020

Steampunk Tendencies

During the Victorian era, special cups were made to keep your moustache out of the Tea

01/14/2020
Riverside Museum Associates

Riverside Museum Associates

Reminder-Wed.Feb 12 there will be a RMA bus trip to the Living Desert.Included in the trip is a guided shuttle tour of the zoo and gardens. This is the perfect time to visit the desert with the cactus in bloom. Contact Barbara Wilson by Feb 1 for reservations and details. Email-: [email protected].

Docenting at Heritage House Museum's cover photo
01/11/2020

Docenting at Heritage House Museum's cover photo

Antique Store's Drawer
01/10/2020

Antique Store's Drawer

Victorian sewing kit in shape of miniature piano, ca. 1890

City of Riverside, CA - City Government
01/07/2020

City of Riverside, CA - City Government

Can't go wrong with an 1891 Victorian, orange trees, and sunshine.

Carve out a few hours of your weekend and experience the Heritage House on Magnolia Avenue. From Labor Day until June, this house - restored and maintained in a manner reflective of its nineteenth-century construction - is open for tours.

Days and hours: https://riversideca.gov/museum/heritagehouse/

The Storybook Of Dreams & Beauty
01/06/2020

The Storybook Of Dreams & Beauty

Very long Victorian hair (1865-1900)

In the Victorian era, a Western woman's hair was considered an important part of her appearance. On both sides of the Atlantic, it marked her status and her femininity.

An important rite of passage for an adolescent girl during this time was the moment she began to wear her hair up. Previously it would have been worn loose or in plaits and tied up with a ribbon.

A woman's hair was worn coiled and curled in a variety of elaborate hairstyles, sometimes embellished with jewels or feathers. These changed with shifting fashions, but the hair was not cut unless absolutely necessary.

As in many societies, religious doctrine was a factor in the policing of Victorian women’s hair, mandating that it be covered or done up, particularly if the woman was married. Letting one’s hair down was commonly seen as brazen and immodest, even sinful.

To a Victorian observer, photographs of women with long, loose hair would be particularly titillating.

Among the fashionable middle and upper classes of Victorian society, a lady’s hair became the focal point of sexual interest, the primary expression of her femininity. For the poorer classes, maintaining long tresses amid the disease and poor hygiene of the time was highly impractical. Many women resorted to selling their hair for cash — not a problem if they typically wore it short or covered anyway.
( By mashable. com)

Heritage House is beautiful from any angle.
01/05/2020

Heritage House is beautiful from any angle.

Take A Look At The Past
01/05/2020

Take A Look At The Past

Woman baking in this 1890's kitchen.

Riverside Smudge Pots Vintage Base Ball Club
01/05/2020

Riverside Smudge Pots Vintage Base Ball Club

Huzzah to the @perrisprospectors and @citrushillbaseball for hosting us today. We’re looking forward to playing you Gents this season.⚾️ #riversidesmudgepots #socalvintagebaseball #vintagebaseball #riversidecalifornia #iloveriverside

Victorian House
01/02/2020

Victorian House

Stunning Victorian Bed

Museum of Riverside
01/01/2020

Museum of Riverside

All of us at the Museum of Riverside wish everyone a fantastic 2020! We thank you for your past, present, and future support and invite you to follow us throughout the coming year.

01/01/2020

Happy New Year to our Docents, Staff and Guests!
Heritage House will be 129 years old this year. It just keeps getting better. 2020 here we come

Antique Store's Drawer
12/30/2019

Antique Store's Drawer

Enamel Sewing Machine, 1895

Cards are only available at the Heritage House gift shop.
12/29/2019

Cards are only available at the Heritage House gift shop.

52 Favorite Things To Do in Riverside: Run Through Historic Orange Groves at the Citrus Heritage Run 🍊 Proudly one of the most scenic course routes in Southern California. Not to mention my favorite scent of orange blossoms!
New year, new you? Sign up today, http://ow.ly/rlSh50xrWtd

Images of Yore
12/28/2019

Images of Yore

A very busy xmas tree early 1900's

The Fabulous Weird Trotter
12/26/2019

The Fabulous Weird Trotter

Amazing Gothic Victorian Child's Crib.

The Storybook Of Dreams & Beauty
12/25/2019

The Storybook Of Dreams & Beauty

Merry Christmas , everybody

12/25/2019

Merry Christmas to all our docents,staff and guests. We will be decorated this weekend. Come for a tour.

City of Riverside - Mayor Rusty Bailey
12/23/2019

City of Riverside - Mayor Rusty Bailey

52 Favorite Things To Do in Riverside: See Who's Playing at the Historic Fox Theater! A Riverside must-see. If you haven't been to the Fox Theater, you're seriously missing out on incredible Riverside history.
See what's playing at http://ow.ly/JZ0T50xrVRE.

BBC - Victorian Christmas - History of Christmas
12/23/2019
BBC - Victorian Christmas - History of Christmas

BBC - Victorian Christmas - History of Christmas

The Victorians began our beloved Christmas traditions, the turkey, the Christmas Tree, mulled wine. Learn more about the history of Christmas and Victorians used to celebrate it

White House Christmas tree 1899
12/23/2019

White House Christmas tree 1899

The Storybook Of Dreams & Beauty
12/21/2019

The Storybook Of Dreams & Beauty

Have blessed Saturday

Some pictures from Christmas Open House  this year..
12/20/2019

Some pictures from Christmas Open House this year..

12/20/2019

Come enjoy our decorated Heritage House this weekend. Fri.Sat.Sun 12-3:15

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8193 Magnolia Ave.
Riverside, CA
92504

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Friday 12:00 - 15:30
Saturday 12:00 - 15:30
Sunday 12:00 - 15:30

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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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