The New Historical Society announces its “Victorian Ball” set for 2nd of December 2023
The Lebanon / Laclede County Historical Museum and Society, Inc. is now a 501(c) 3 organization. The meetings are held each month from 5:30-7:30 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, post 4107 on HWY 5. Up until this date, members have been working on local events in a pro bono status to promote the historical organization. Recent events include local guest speakers at the meetings on the Burial Mounds near the Niangua River, Harold Bell Wright, and the Lebanon and Phillipsburg Poor Farms. On May 28th, the organization set up a membership information tent at “Wagons for Warriors” while members David and Teresa Chuber gave presentations on surgery and herbal medicine in the 1850's. On 10 June 2023, LTC (Ret) US Army Historian David Chuber took members of the the Historical Society, the Genealogy Society and the local public on a battlefield Staff Ride to Wilson's Creek National Battlefield. All of the events were free.
The 2023 Victorian Ball will be a period dance with a string band. One local member, Danny McMillan has volunteered to give period dance lessons the afternoon before the dance. Several Historical Society members have put on Victorian Ball's in the past and all were well received by the public. Period clothing is not required but it would enhance the fun. In an upcoming Historical Society meeting, there will be a lecture on men and women clothing of the era, along with etiquette and manners of the Victorian times. During this presentation, information on where to purchase period clothing or how to make them will be given. Remember, period dress is not required for the Ball.
The Boy Scout Troop 57 will provide period food for purchase and Tin Type historical photographer will be on hand to take your photo for a fee. The Historical Society will hold an Historical Auction during intermission of the dance. All proceeds for food will go to the Boy Scouts. The photographer will take his payment. Historical Society Fund raising will come with the purchase of tickets and the Auction.
The event will be a one-of-a-kind this year! It is something for the acknowledged history buff and for the person looking for something just a bit different. Mark you calendars for Saturday the 2nd of December. This will be held at Lebanon VFW. Dance lessons starting at 2:30 PM. Tickets go on sale at the Historical Society, and at the first meeting in September, also at the door at 7 PM at the VFW on the day of the dance but it will cost $2.00 more. The “Dance” starts at 7:30. Historical Auction starts at 9PM. Dancing should end at 10:30 PM
For more information on clothing contact Teresa Chuber at 417-453-6700 or go to James Country Mercantile in Liberty Missouri . There website is https://www.james country.com
President: Noah Smothers Vice President David Chuber
Victorian Ball Food suggestions for the Boys Scouts
December 2, 2023
Admisson: $15 for individual
$25 for couples
$2 more at the door
Period Food is primary! All foods must have a history information card or poster by the Kitchen
Hot Drinks: Hot Apple Cider, Coffee, Hot Chocolate
Cold drinks: Punch or ice punch, Lemonade “Soda can be sold but only be sold in a cup”
Cookies: Lady Fingers, ginger bread, Oatmeal Raisin, ginger snaps, molasses cookies
Bags of peanuts Boil or Roasted. No Popcorn = 1890's.
Candy – Mints, Fruit – Apples, Pears, berries / grapes
Small cheese and cracker plates can be sold
Small finger “Historical sandwiches” can be made and sold.
Extra: toothpicks, small paper plates, cups, napkins
Remember: All Sales goes back to the Boy Scouts