August 4 The Art of Victorian Tea and Fashion
Event begins at 2 PM in the Founders Room

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.

– Henry James



Indulge in a truly memorable experience at this elegant afternoon tea followed by viewing of the special exhibition Treasures of British Art 1400–2000: The Berger Collection with Joslyn's Curator of European Art, Dr. Dana E. Cowen.

Between sips of tea and bites of delicious finger sandwiches, sweets, and scones, listen to Humanities Nebraska speaker, Susan McLain explore the changing fashions of the Victorian Era: from the crinoline of the 1850's to the hourglass of the 1890's. See how a Lady dressed from her unmentionables to her hat. Also learn about parasols, calling cards and hats in her presentation, “The Victorian Lady.”

Please note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, tea expert Mona Christensen is no longer able to join us for this event.



Susan McLain
, better known as “Yesterday’s Lady,” lives with her husband in a historic 1887 building, with her vintage clothing collection and shop on the main level in downtown Beatrice, NE. 

Sue has been collecting vintage clothing for 25 years and has a wide variety of artifacts, ranging from the 1840’s through the 1970’s. As a Nebraska Humanities speaker, she has traveled the Midwest entertaining groups with a wide selection of fashion programs and shows.

In 2009, Images of America honored Susan by publishing her commentary to more than 200 photographs from Harvey L. Boston’s photography studio in David City, NE between 1900 and 1920; compiling them in a book entitled “Butler County: The Boston Studio Collection.”

Humanities Nebraska (HN) provides major funding for this program. HN receives support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nebraska State Legislature, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and private donations.



THIS PROGRAM IS FULL; RESERVATIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED. Price includes full tea service, program, and admission to the exhibition. $40 Joslyn members;$60 general public.  For information, contact Director of Adult Programs by email or at 402-661-3862.

What's Pictured:
Benjamin West (1738–1820), Queen Charlotte, ca. 1776. Oil on canvas, 50 x 40¼ in. (127 x 102.2 cm), Lent by the Berger Collection Educational Trust, TL-19057