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Altered States: Victorian Drug Users – POSTPONED to June TBD

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From morphine to opium, Victorian society was adventurous and even wild in their pursuit of altered states. How did Victorian drug culture emerge and what can explain their desire for experimentation and oblivion?

With Dr. Matthew Osborn, associate professor of history at UMKC and author of “Rum Maniacs: Alcohol Insanity in the Early American Republic.”

6:00-6:30 PM Social featuring a signature cocktail, 6:30-7:30 PM Program
Alexander Majors Barn, 8201 State Line Rd., KCMO

$15 per event or $40 for all three events. (Wornall/Majors member price $10)
Ticket includes lecture, two drink tickets, and light snacks.

Deadly Remedies: Toxic and Harmful Victorian Medical Practices -POSTPONED to July TBD

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When it came to Victorian medical treatment, many remedies were useless at best and dangerous at worst. From mercury to tobacco, these “medicines” could be downright deadly.

With Dr. Michael Monaco, MD at the UMKC School of Medicine, Kansas City Chiefs team physician, and Civil War medicine expert.

6:00-6:30 PM Social featuring a signature cocktail, 6:30-7:30 PM Program
Alexander Majors Barn, 8201 State Line Rd., KCMO

$15 per event (Wornall/Majors member price $10)
Ticket includes lecture, two drink tickets, and light snacks.

Dueling Feasts: Cuisine of Emerging Kansas City Society – POSTPONED to August TBD

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Two elite groups emerged in early Kansas City society – the French Creole and Southerners who settled Westport. Food tells us about the attitudes and values of both groups – and which one ultimately predominated.

With Dr. Andrea Broomfield, professor of English at Johnson County Community College and author of “Food and Cooking in Victorian England: A History” and “Kansas City: A Food Biography.”

6:00-6:30 PM Social featuring a signature cocktail, 6:30-7:30 PM Program
Alexander Majors Barn, 8201 State Line Rd., KCMO

$15 per event (Wornall/Majors member price $10)
Ticket includes lecture, two drink tickets, and light snacks.



Past programs in the series:

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Love Bugs: Venereal Disease & the Civil War 

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Venereal disease emerged as a serious problem during the Civil War. The Surgeon General of the US Army documented 183,000 cases of venereal disease among the Union Army. Treatment was ineffective and included the use of mercury. Learn more about the untold story of sex and the Civil War with Dr. Michael Monaco, historical re-enactor and Kansas City Chiefs physician.

Thursday, March 28, 2019
Never Forgotten: Victorian Hair Art

Jewelry and other craft work made of human hair flourished during the mid-nineteenth century as a way to memorialize the deceased. This unique art form was characteristic of the sentimentality of the Victorian era. Hear from Courtney Lane, Victorian hair artist, historian and “professional weirdo” and see authentic Victorian hair art at this social and fun event.

 

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Underneath it All: Victorian Undergarments

Many people are familiar with the elaborate dress of Victorians, but what foundational garments did they wear underneath their clothing? Enjoy a cocktail and learn from Civil War tailor and Victorian clothing expert Jason Wade. Jason will bring his collection of historic undergarments as well as reproductions, some modeled by reenactors.

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816.444.1858

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