Victorian-era Americans enjoyed holidays–filled with patriotism, fun, remembrance, religion, and fashion. Halloween began far earlier than the 19th century, when All Hallows Eve was a sacred, religious observation. Come catch a glimpse of our Victorian American ancestors’ fun with Halloween: “Hallowe’en Cake” and its fortune telling methods, parlor games filled with superstition, phrasing for party invitations, historical cabinet cards of Victorian Halloween costumes, and more!
While visiting historic Silver City, Idaho in June of 2016 with Jacquie Rogers’s Much Ado About Silver City (#JacquieRogersAdo16), we had the privilege of touring the inside of the 120+ year-old church: Our Lady of Tears Catholic Church. This article shares a bit of the history, images taken inside the church, and links to the church’s site with much information, including summer schedule when mass is celebrated.