CALLING ALL HISTORY AND ENGLISH MAJORS AND JANE AUSTEN FANS!
This might just be perfect for you :)
This is a game called “Regency Love”, it’s available on Iphones and Ipads (but they’re working on an Android version too!) and it’s absolutely magical. On the surface, it’s “just” a historical dating sim (which is a game where you can romance a partner of your choosing and can influence the story through your words and actions), but wow, it’s so much more:
The atmosphere is just like reading a Regency era novel, only you’re the heroine
You can determine your own character through interaction choices - you can choose to be gentle and kind like Jane or witty and forthright like Elizabeth or vulgar and frivolous like Lydia
To advance in the story, you have to earn points either by being quizzed about the Regency era (e.g. what were popular ice cream choices of the time? What was the proper time for a visit? Who was the king?) or by completing quotes via hangman (What are men to rocks and ______) - so you lern A LOT about the prominent issues and thoughts of the time
You can spend these points as “motivation” to become accomplished - which should, of course, attract a husband, but it’s just fun to watch yourself grow into a super genius who can paint as well as ride as well as dance as well as talk literature as well as stitch as well as play the pianoforte and sing. You go, main character!
You’re never just passive, but are always able to influence the course of events
Also, you can be incredibly witty if you choose to be and poke fun at some of the societal norms of the time - which your romantic partners will not only tolerate, but admire!
It touches upon heavier subjects as well: whether one’s life shoud be determined by one’s birth, how one should approach war and nationalism, whether education should be available only to a select few or everyone, whether it’s good or bad that times are changing,…
That’s right: one of the main plot points is that a school is being built - one that EVERYONE can attend!
As far as I can tell, it’s incredibly authentic - the conversations flow naturally, everyone has their own, real problems … but it’s such a stark difference to your everyday life that it really makes you reconsider and look at things as they are with a fresh approach (e. g. how women in general are able to earn money nowadays, while back then, this was restricted to a few authoresses)
Also, not going to lie, the romantic story lines are just really heartwarming and sweet^^
Definitely a bonus: One of the storylines is focussed on the value of female friendship (Ellie Ashcroft) and how much women can learn from each other. The creators also promised that there will be many more stories/romance options to come, one of which will be a lady/lady love option.
It costs 4.99$/Euros (which is a fair prize for a game of this scope, I think) and it’s worth every single cent and penny - oh, but be warned: if you want to unlock the army/soldier storyline, you have to go to the in-game purchases and get it there
for another 5.99$/Euros (this, too, is well worth it - I spent approx. 4 hours on this storyline alone and it has some of the most interesting questions to raise).
I hope you’ll have fun sipping tea, eating scones and discussing Shakespeare’s sonnets while Napoleon’s shadow looms over the country ~
An interesting piece of Rhode Island folklore is the tale of the tree root that ate Roger Williams.
When he died in 1683, Rhode Island founder Roger Williams was buried in an unmarked grave in the corner of his yard on what is now North Main Street. It wasn’t until 1860 when the decision was made to exhume his remains and give him a final resting place more in keeping with his place in history.
What was discovered inside the coffin was evidence that a body had been there, but also the root of an apple tree. It had grown into the shape of a body, with the top of the root curving where the head would have been, then splitting along the two legs and turning up where the feet had been.
The root was preserved, and it remains today in the custody of the Rhode Island Historical Society. While historians discount the legend of a corpse-eating tree root, Rhode Islanders have held onto the story over the years, and the root itself is something of a tourist attraction. Currently it is on display in the carriage house behind the John Brown house, housed inside a coffin-shaped case and safe behind a wire cage.
Roger Williams’ official memorial site stands at Prospect Terrace, but his spirit lives on in the tree root that ‘ate’ him.
What was the relationship between Sephardim and Ashkenazim on the West Coast?
By Leora Singer, Former Research Intern
This is my second blog
post in a series of three posts in which I discuss the theme of Sephardim in
the West Coast in the 19th-20th century. You can see my first post here. In this post, I compare and contrast
the relationship between Ashkenazim and Sephardim in Seattle and San Francisco.
When Calvo and Policar
(the first two Sephardim in Seattle) first encountered the Orthodox Ashkenazi
Jews living in the city, they weren’t exactly welcomed with open arms. These
observant Jews didn’t believe that Policar and Calvo were “real Jews” because
they spoke Greek instead of Yiddish (Adatto, 56), and their names didn’t “sound
Jewish” (Angel, 553). Because they felt ostracized by the Jewish community,
Calvo and Policar spent a lot of time with Greek non-Jews living in Seattle
(Adatto, 58). Fortunately, the rabbi of Bikur Holim, an Orthodox synagogue,
convinced the Orthodox Ashkenazim that the Sephardim were just as observant as
they were. The Ashkenazim accepted Calvo and Policar as members of the Jewish
The Seattle Sephardic
community kept growing as Calvo and Policar brought family members over, and
these family members spread the word about the opportunities available in
Seattle (Adatto, 60). In 1904, the first Rhodesli Sephardic immigrant came to
Seattle (FitzMorris, 29). As the number of Sephardim in Seattle grew, their
ties to the overall Jewish community of Seattle grew. Many Sephardim prayed at
Bikur Holim. They felt somewhat connected to the Orthodox Ashkenazim because
they, like the Sephardim, upheld high religious standards (Adatto, 116).
However, the perception was that their cultures were just too different to mix
together, so the Sephardim and Orthodox Ashkenazim remained fairly separate.
For example, intermarriage between the two groups was highly rare (Adatto,
Despite its rocky
nature, the beginning of the relationship between Orthodox Sephardim and
Orthodox Ashkenazim was still stronger than the beginning of the relationship
between Sephardim and Reform Ashkenazim. The Sephardim distrusted the Reform
Ashkenazim because they believed that the Reform Ashkenazim were not following
enough of the Jewish traditions. Fortunately, Aubrey Levy from the Reform
Temple de Hirsch helped to change this negative view of Reform Judaism by
forming a friendship with the Sephardic Jews. As a lawyer, he helped Sephardim
with legal work, free of charge. For example, in 1914, he assisted them with
the legal logistics in the purchase of the (previously Ashkenazi-owned) Bikur
Holim synagogue (Adatto, 118-119). Levy was highly regarded by the Sephardim.
By association, his synagogue became highly regarded as well. In fact, many
Sephardic children got their Jewish education at the Hebrew School of Temple de
Hirsch. However, even after many years, there was still very little
intermarriage. The Sephardim still did not feel like a part of Ashkenazi
There was a temporary
Sephardic congregation in the early 1850s (Zerin, 30). The congregation was
called Shaar Hashamayim. It was so temporary that it never even had a building
because the congregation stopped meeting only a few months after its creation
(Zerin, 47). This is likely because the construction of new buildings for two
Ashkenazi-run synagogues, Temple Emanu-El and Temple Sherith- Israel, was
underway. Since the Sephardim and Ashkenazim in San Francisco were united,
(especially in comparison to these sects in other West Coast cities) the
Sephardim didn’t want to divide it by having their own synagogue. Also, some
members of the Sephardic congregation had been leaders in the other synagogues,
because they were so prominent and respected by the Ashkenazim (Stern and
Sephardim from San
Francisco are sometimes difficult to identify because intermarriage with
Ashkenazim and even non-Jews was common (Stern and Kramer, 45). This practice
showed a stark difference between the Jews of San Francisco and in other West
Coast cities. In the other cities, intermarriage between pretty much anyone
that was not a Jew from your home country was frowned upon.
Adatto, Albert. Sephardim
and the Seattle Sephardic Community. Seattle: U of Washington, 1939. Print.
Angel, Marc D., Hasson,
Aron, Kramer, William M., Maimon, Isaac, Samuels, Beth, Sidell, Loraine, Stern,
Norton B. Sephardic Jews in the West Coast States : An Anthology. 1st
ed. Los Angeles: Published for the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles by the
Western States Jewish History Association, 1996. Print. Western States Jewish
History ; v. 28, No. 1-3.
Stern, Stephen. The
Sephardic Jewish Community of Los Angeles. New York: Arno, 1980. Print.
Folklore of the World (New York).
Edward. Jewish San Francisco. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2006. Print.
Images of America
Samples for handwriting. Taken from “The Instructor, or American Young Man’s Best Companion Containing Spelling, Reading, Writing, and Arithmetick” by George Fisher, published in 1786 by Isaiah Thomas, Worcester.
The original is now located at the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.
So now, let’s take our nibs and pens and practice these to use in our Christmas cards! (OK, that will be another entry XD)
Fall River Historical Society by Frank Grace Via Flickr: Deck The Halls! Annual Holiday Open House
With its dazzling Christmas trees and lavish decorations, Deck the Halls!, the Annual Open House at Fall River Historical Society (FRHS), is a cherished tradition for many in the Southcoast region. The Society’s grand mansion with period interiors is decked out in holiday finery in the Victorian manner, and the focal point is a series of themed trees adorned with thousands of lights and mouth-blown ornaments. The 2014 trees include The Colors of Christmas, A Salute to Santa, and Rhapsody in Silver and Snow. Open daily through December 30, from 9 to 4:30 on weekdays and 1 to 5:00 on weekends.
Deck the Halls! was spotlighted on The Rhode Show on Channel 12 and the Channel 10 Evening News during the holidays last year and has also been featured in Victorian Homes magazine. Guaranteed to instill holiday spirit in one and all!
Admission is free and includes Palette Pictures VI, an exhibit of artworks donated by local artists, and Echoes of Lizzie, the world’s largest exhibit of artifacts pertaining to the life and trial of Lizzie Borden. Closed on Christmas day and at noon on December 24. For more information, call (508) 679-1071, ext. 1 or 2.
One of the shipwrecks (fishing trawler?) on Fleetwood Marsh at high tide. The tide was so high when I got there that I had to wait for it to start going out so that I could see the safe route through the water! Would have certainly given passersby a good giggle if I fell into one of the deep channels…
Sowing the Word (1868). Daniel Huntington (American, 1816-1906). Oil on linen. New-York Historical Society.
This work, executed in grand-manner fashion, depicts a scholar teaching the Bible, presumably, to two young women who appear to represent temporal and spiritual beauty. The richly adorned and distracted woman at the left recalls similar figures in the work of Rubens, while the more modest and attentive central figure resembles women depicted by the English pre-Raphaelite artists.