Monday, February 3, 2014

Visit to Lake Geneva

Saturday, Natalie and I went to visit the Geneva Lake Museum.
"In the Victorian Era, if a young man had an interest in a young lady, he asked if he could call on her. No text or phone message. He came to her house, sat a nice distance from her, and conversed politely, possibly in the presence of a chaperone. The English word parlor comes from a French word that means, 'to speak or converse.'"


They had these two kitchens side by side... one as it would have been in 1880, the other in 1920.



The Army room
 "Wife of my heart, it is you --- you make my life so complete, you make my dreams all come true, so loving, so loyal, so sweet. Sharing each laugh and each tear, faithful and true to the end, to me you will always be dear, my sweetheart, my partner, my friend."
"During WWII, every eligible man was in the service, resulting in a severe lack of male escorts, thus some young women, hoping to get a date, left their phone numbers in public places."
MOTHER --- M is for the million things she gave me, O means only that she's growing old, T is for the tears she shed to save me, H is for her heart of purest gold, E is for her eyes with love-light shining, R means right and right she'll always be. Put them all together they spell MOTHER~ A word that means the world to me."
"The Tradition of Antique Sock Machines --- Antique sock machines have proven their use and value to the world, society and our families since the early 1800's. Their greatest use surfaced during time of war when Britain, the United States and other countries required military socks , mufflers, mittens and other warm attire for their soldiers. Agencies such as the American Red Cross and the Soldiers Wives' League rose to the challenge. During the war, wool socks proved to be the greatest necessity."


There's a lot more to the museum, but we had to rush through the last bit because it was closing time.

After the museum we walked around town for a while, visited a few shops, and looked at the ice sculptures. Thanks for the fun day, Natalie! :)
To read more about it, you can visit Natalie's blog. :)

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