Lily Clara Letter 23 - The White Widow
Image of La Llorona, from ImagineSpirit.com.
Legends of ghostly maidens in white appear in almost every culture throughout the worl...
Lily Clara Letter 21 - Fall of Frisco
The boom town of Frisco, 1880, with the mine, kilns, and smelters in the background. Courtesy Utah State Historical Society.
Lily Clara Letter 19 - Having a Ball
Rules and customs reigned supreme during the Victorian era, even when it came to entertainment. Hosting a Victorian ball was an elaborate aff...
Lily Clara Letter 22 - Haute Couture
Silk evening gown, designed by House of Worth, 1898. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Haute couture, or “high dressmaking...
Lily Clara Letter 18 - War and the West
“American Progress,” painting by George A. Crofutt, c.1873, depicting the concept of Manifest Destiny as an allegorical female figure of Ameri...
Lily Clara Letter 17 - The Treasure of Teguayo
Artistic rendition of the lost city of El Dorado. HistoryCollection.com
Legends of lost cities filled with great wealth have lured ...
Lily Clara Letter 16 - Victims of Vanity and Venetian Ceruse
Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, ca 1559, rumored to be a regular user of Venetian ceruse. Courtesy National Portrait Gallery.
Lily Clara Letter 15 - Navajo Nation and the Navajo Way
The Navajo, or Diné, people derive their name from the phrase “Teva Navahu,” meaning “highly-cultivated lands.” The Navajo people began as a n...
Lily Clara Letter 14 - Eureka or Roulette
Victorian era mining was the ultimate gamble. The nineteenth-century mining boom offered unprecedented access to the American dream. Never bef...
Lily Clara Letter 13 - Private Eye
Portrait of Kate Warne, the first female professional detective.
Courtesy of Chicago History Museum.
As the first female detective...
Lily Clara Letter 12 - New Sheriff in Town
The town of Frisco lived up to its reputation as one of the wildest towns in the Wild West. At the height of its population boom, it was home ...
Lily Clara Letter 11 - The Cult of Mourning
Mourning ring presented to Ward Nicholas Boylston by John Quincy Adams upon the death of John Adams. It features a glass compartment for woven...
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