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    2019 Schedule
  • 01/05 — Frances Willard
       Saturday (Snow date: 1/12/19), 2-4 pm
  • 02/09 — Virginia Hall
       Saturday (snow date 2/23), 12:30 - 2:30 pm

Our regular, casual, Afternoon Tea is a meal with sandwiches, scones, dessert and tea. Light Tea performances are served with one sandwich, scones, toppings and tea. Holiday Afternoon Tea serves up a festive tea menu, ambiance, and performance to remember. Consider this as an enriching afternoon with friends.

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  • Abigail Adams - Light Afternoon Tea & Personality

    Wife of John Adams and voice of women's rights through him at the organizing congress of the United States. Remember her admonition to her husband, John, during the Continental Congress... "Remember the Ladies."

    Abigail and John's son, John Quincy, traveled to Russia at age 14 and acted as a French interpreter with Catherine the Great of Russia in efforts to secure the Act of Neutrality to secure the Atlantic seas for shipping to the American warring colonies.

    Seating is limited. Reserve you spot, bring a friend and consider a holiday gift certificate to round out a special afternoon experience for friendship and hospitality.

  • Abigail Adams
  • Clara Barton - Founder of American Red Cross and "Angel on the Battlefield" from the Civil War era.

    There is a health aspect in her story of ageism, a prejudice that plagues our culture. Her humanitarian work in Europe during the Franco Prussian war and the Ottoman massacre was foundational in bring the U.S. Government into the Geneva Convention Treaty.

    Barton for the first time promoted US military plans for wounded and dead soldiers.

  • Clara Barton
  • Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell - First American woman before 1900 to earn a medical degree.

    Organized a Woman's Clinic to meet un-acknowledged health needs for women. Contributed to understanding of women's gynecology and health and became a professor of gynecology in England

  • Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell
  • Catherine of Braganza - Portuguese princess and wife of England's Charles II. She is credited with bringing tea to England along with a fascinating time of political unrest between the two countries - and a story of the marriage at a time of religious upheaval.

  • Catherine of Braganza
  • Mary Breckenridge - Light Afternoon TEA & Personality

    Mrs. Breckenridge (as she was always called) was born into southern traditions and a politically active family. When her little brother was born in Russia while her father was Ambassador, she became aware of professional Midwives.

    MBs children both died young. After a husbands death and next marriage ended in divorce she dedicated her life to Nursing and bringing Professional Nurse Midwifery to America from England and Scotland.

    Her Frontier Nursing Service of the Appalachian remote mountains of SE Kentucky provided District Nurse Midwives and Public Health services that improved health outcomes to rival those of NYC within 5-years.

    In 1928, Breckenridge founded the Frontier Nursing Service (FNS) resulting in modern University and healthcare services that continue to be a beacon for Maternal-Child and Family Nurse Practitioner excellence.

    PLEASE NOTE: This September performance is a special performance only at Dyck Aboretum in Harvey County. Please CLICK HERE for more information about this special performance location.

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  • Mary Breckenridge
  • Catherine the Great of Russia - The 18th century woman ruler in her own right. Secured strategic alliances with European allies. Facilitated Mennonite religious freedoms.

    With a non-aggression treaty facilitated the colonists in the American Revolution. Ruled for 34 years as Russia's Golden Age. She brought Russia into modernity of the 18th century.


  • Catherine the Great of Russia
  • Queen Christina of Sweden - Christina was the only legitimate heir to the Swedish throne when her father, King Gustav, was killed on the battlefield during the 30-years war. Her Mother, Eleanora was mentally unstable and abusive to Christina.

    King Gustaf had left guardianship and care to Axel Oxenstierna. Christina received a Princely education in military and political arts as well as in the classics.

    Christina demanded an end to the 30-years war and negotiated the Westphalia treaty to bring peace between the Protestants and Catholics of Northern Europe. She longed for Sweden to become the Athens of the North and brought classical learning, music, and arts to the region before Swedens citizen understood her efforts.

    Her subjects and the ruling elite could not understand or value a woman for her mind. They only wanted the Queen to marry and produce an heir.

    Her struggle for personal freedom, the passion for arts, her abdication from the throne and as head of the State Lutheran Church, a Catholic conversion from Lutheranism and flight to Rome under Pope Alexander VII, are part of her story.

  • Queen Christina of Sweden
  • Mamie Eisenhower - The wife of United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and First Lady of the United States from 1953 to 1961.

    Mamie was born in Iowa into entrepreneurial wealth. Her Father retired at age 35 to San Antonio, Texas, where she met a lowly 2nd Lieutenant Army Officer. Mamie chose love over her debutant status. She trekked across the world with her husband and worked alongside of him as a rising, officer's wife.

    As First Lady, she entertained a wide range of foreign dignitaries with a confident style and dedication to charitable needs.

  • Mamie Eisenhower
  • Anna Freud - Anna Freud was the youngest daughter of Sigmund Freud. Anna defended Papa's theories to the world and cared for her dying father in exile after escaping the Nazi invasion of Vienna, Austria.

    Anna brought her compassion as a teacher and as a psychoanalyst to original research for understanding children's trauma in the bombing blitz experiences in London. Children separated more easily than adults from their homes and possessions, but were severely traumatized by the loss of attachment and relationships.

    Anna provided understanding, discipline, refuge, and hope for the children. Se was one of the first who brought attention to mental health studies of children as different than studying adults.

  • Anna Freud
  • Virginia Hall - a debutante who exchanged her status for work with the US State Department and as a spy for WW II Allies. Virginia was fluent in several languages, including French, German and Italian, making her a valued asset.
    As an undercover news reporter, she assisted information flow out of France around the Nazi soldiers. After America entered the war she became a deep cover, organizing resistance groups, operating and training radio operators. She was most wanted by Hitler as the limping woman spy. Virginia had suffered a hunting accident and had a wooden leg she called Cuthbert. Her escape in winter across the Pyrenees mountains is a harrowing part of her story.

  • Virginia Hall
  • Karen Horney, MD - Light Afternoon Tea & Personality

    Dr. Horney was in the second medical school class graduating (1911) in Germany that admitted women. She studied with Sigmund Freud and took issue with his male- centrist view of mental health and human development.

    Dr Horney escaped Germany just before the Nazis tried to destroy psychology as a profession and linked it with Jewish professionals such as Freud.

    Dr Horney was the original leader of feminism as gender equality that took over in the 1960s in American change. The Hornein school of psychoanalysis continues today.

  • Karen Horney, MD
  • Mary Todd Lincoln - Mary was a maligned, misunderstood, and unfairly demonized wife of President Abraham Lincoln. Mary was an outspoken, educated Victorian women who unintentionally threatened her husband's law associates and cabinet members, alike.

    Mary's personality was emotive, but after a carriage accident, intended as an assassination attempt on Abraham's life, she was thrown from a runaway carriage and sustained internal brain damage with life-long "necrotizing" headaches that contributed to her distress.

    Abe's law partner, Herndon, was named executor of the President's estate. Herndon was particularly threatened by Mary and he withheld the estate settlement and allowance money for Mary's living needs until she was forced to sell her home in Springfield, IL. She lived in boarding houses for the rest of her life.

    Robert, her only remaining son was manipulated by Herndon and associates to act as the Victorian protectorate of his Mother. He proceeded with a Kangaroo Court to commit Mary to a mental institution for life-time care. Her escape and restitution is part of her daring story.

  • Mary Todd Lincoln
  • Katherina von Bora Luther (McPherson Opera House) - Historical Echoes, Holiday Royale Afternoon Tea at the McPherson Opera House with Katherine von Bora Luther Renaissance Celebration
    A Full Special Afternoon Holiday Full Queen's Tea. Plan now for your tickets to the December 2, 2018 Holiday Royale Tea with Personality.

    RoJean Louchs Guests will be treated to background harp music during teatime by RoJean Louckes. Full Afternoon Tea menu will be catered by Chef, Dan Gottneid.
    Seating is limited. Reserve you spot, bring a friend and consider a holiday gift certificate to round out a special afternoon experience for friendship and hospitality.

    Renaissance woman, wife of Martin Luther, hospitality and business manager for Luther's reformation work. Katerina was born into nobility, but without wealth. She was designated to live life in a convent since she had no dowry. Her story is one of risk-taking and independence at a time woman's place was as a housekeeper and for childbearing. They survived the plague, the wars of the Holy Roman Empire and sought to reform - not destroy the Roman Catholic church of the 16th century. Luther valued her thinking and input around the table, known as Table Talks. We will celebrate Katie's story with a Renaissance flair.

  • Katherina von Bora Luther (McPherson Opera House)
  • Katherina von Bora Luther (Dyck Arboretum) - Historical Echoes, Holiday Royale Afternoon Tea at the Dyck Arboretum with Katherine von Bora Luther Renaissance Celebration
    A Full Special Afternoon Holiday Full Queen's Tea. Plan now for your tickets to the December 2, 2018 Holiday Royale Tea with Personality.

    RoJean Louchs Guests will be treated to background harp music during teatime by RoJean Louckes. Full Afternoon Tea menu will be catered by Chef, Dan Gottneid.
    Seating is limited. Reserve you spot, bring a friend and consider a holiday gift certificate to round out a special afternoon experience for friendship and hospitality.

    Renaissance woman, wife of Martin Luther, hospitality and business manager for Luther's reformation work. Katerina was born into nobility, but without wealth. She was designated to live life in a convent since she had no dowry. Her story is one of risk-taking and independence at a time woman's place was as a housekeeper and for childbearing. They survived the plague, the wars of the Holy Roman Empire and sought to reform - not destroy the Roman Catholic church of the 16th century. Luther valued her thinking and input around the table, known as Table Talks. We will celebrate Katie's story with a Renaissance flair.

  • Katherina von Bora Luther (Dyck Arboretum)
  • Dolley Madison - First Lady and wife of James Madison was known for her social Tea Parties and Soirees in Washington society.

    James Madison married her when she was a young 25-year old widow with two children. Dolley defined the role of the President's spouse. She enjoyed the social spotlight when available and her popularity is credited to the re-election of her husband. Dolley helped to furnish the newly constructed White House.

    When the British set fire to it in 1814, she was credited with saving the classic portrait of George Washington

    Widowed again at age 68, she lived in poverty, only supported by James Presidential papers.

  • Dolley Madison
  • Alice Paul - Alice was a significant influence on the U.S. constitutional 19th amendment for women's right to vote.

    Born a progressive Quaker, she studied Social Work, Social Policies, and Economics in America and England. Alice joined the woman's movement of Susan B Anthony and Cady Stanton but was impatient waiting for each state to grant voting rights.

    Alice had worked with English militants, the Pankhursts, but disliked the violence she saw. Alice employed aggressive, non-violent strategies and used President Wilson's words of war against him during WW II. The Silent Sentinels held outside the White House for almost two years to shame the President by the use of his own words to the Kaiser against him for denying voice and vote for women in America.

    Alice was unrelenting in using the women's voices of new states in the west who had granted women the right to vote with statehood. She and her workers suffered prison terms and physical and mental torture to bring about the final Congressional victory with ratification of the 19th Constitutional Amendment in 1920 giving women the right to vote.

    Alice was the original author of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) that in addition to the right to vote, sought to bring women into Constitutional Equality with full citizenship. Alice dedicated her life to the struggle for gender equality.

    Note: Women in America still do not have Constitutional equality. The ERA needs one more state to ratify the ERA standing and secure full citizenship for women. Illinois most recently ratified the ERA in the spring of 2018.

  • Alice Paul
  • Eleanor Roosevelt - Eleanor was born of material privilege but with an indifferent Mother who reminded her she was an "ugly duckling" of the family.

    Orphaned at an early age, she was under the guardianship of her maternal-grandmother who adhered to strict protocol and limited displays of affection. At age 16, she was sent to a prestigious finishing school in the UK. Here she discovered a warm and encouraging mentor who saw feminism as the power of the future.

    Eleanor's life was lived, first in timidity and fear, then in obligation and duty, and finally in the discovery of herself, powers, interests, and influences through the United Nations Human Rights Commission.

    Eventually, she feared no one and no challenge that could make rights of self-determination and personal sanctity realizable.

  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Suzanna (Dora) Salter - Dora Salter was the first woman in America to be elected as a town Mayor. She governed as Mayor for Argonia, Kansas during the unrest at a time of strong opposition to liquor and supported by the WCTU voters.

    During her political tenure in Argonia, she birthed and lost a child. She went on as a widow and successfully raised her children before old age. More will be said for this colorful, futuristic leader.

  • Suzanna (Dora) Salter
  • Margaret Sanger - an important pioneer actively committed to providing scientific information to doctors, nurses and a healthy public regarding reproductive education and contraceptive discovery to eliminate abortion practices. For mature audience.

    Margaret 
Sanger Performance


  • Margaret Sanger
  • Irena Sendler - Light Afternoon Tea & Personality

    Christian Social Worker who took great risks to rescue 2,500 Jewish children away from the Warsaw ghetto under WW II Nazi death camp plans. The Nazis invaded Poland in 1939. The Nazi's brought hate and prejudice, and encouraged neighbors to hate neighbors.

    As a part of Hitler's "Last Solution" all Warsaw Jews were forced into an overcrowded, diseased ghetto before being taken to the death camp, Triblinka, northeast of Warsaw.

    Irena became a state sponsored "nurse" to check diseases in the ghetto. In reality, she was an underground courier who sneaked children out of the ghetto under the eyes and ears of the Nazi guards. She and her small group are credited with saving about 2500 children by various and ingenious means. She carried babies out in carpenter boxes under the tools, and she trained her dog to bark at the gates with Nazi guards to cover any cries or noises from the children in morgue boxes.

    Irena was captured and sentenced to death. In prison she was severely tortured and all her limbs were broken. Her escape and return to her work are a part of the story.

  • Irena Sendler
  • Helen (Nelli) Taft - As a teenager, Nelli dreamed of becoming first lady. She actively pushed and campaigned with her husband into the office. She ignored 1909 inauguration protocol and rode in the carriage with her husband to the ceremony. Two months after becoming First Lady, she had a debilitating stroke.

    Nelli brought a genteel culture with music events and music appreciation to Washington and the White House. She turned the Potomac swamp area near the White House into a Potomac Park.

    In recognition of their service in the Philippines (1901 - 1904) and Nelli's standing of affection with the Asian cultures she was gifted 3,000 cherry blossom trees for beautifying the Potomac Park in DC.

  • Helen (Nelli) Taft
  • Louise Thaden - The only woman aviator (aviatrix) who held the three major competitive awards in aviation at the same time.

    A contemporary of Amelia Earhart. She was a responsible face for Wichita, Kansas aviation success through Beechcraft.

  • Louise Thaden
  • Frances Willard - Willard was an American educator, temperance reformer, and women's suffragist. As the national president of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, she exhorted members to engage in a broad array of social reforms including the expansion of women's rights. Willard argued that the ballot would give women a socially appropriate means of protecting their homes from the devastating effects of violence perpetrated by intoxicated men. As a feminist, she believed the right to vote would allow women to fulfill their potential as equal to men.

    Introducing Creme Tea with special cookies and review of historical performances (i.e. this is not a full tea with personality event). This event features Emerging Performer graduates from the Institute of Historical Echoes. This casual venue will explore historical personalities & include eligibility for a youth ticket with each adult ticket.

    The performance at this event will be Frances Willard performed by Historical Echoes Associate, Donna Becker, thus focusing on showcasing our student's work and review of more new personalities

    Youth ticket ages 12 - 16 is $18 when purchased along with a separate adult ticket. Adult ticket is $25.
    Snow date: January 12.

  • Frances Willard
  • Katharine Wright - The sister of Wilbur and Orville Wright brothers. She was the business and public relations face of success behind them.

    Her story has family, romance, and relationship issues.

  • Katharine Wright


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