rief was more than just an emotion for Americans during the 1800s—it was a way of life. Victorian social etiquette put great social pressure on mourning, resulting in the practice of public mourning rather than private grieving. In this exhibit, visitors can see authentic mourning clothing for women and children, including jewelry fashioned from the hair of the deceased and testaments to the strict rules for widows of that era. Mourning customs also influenced home décor during Victorian times, as shown in a collection of clocks, portraits and quilts.
Walk through the exhibit’s full-scale model of a typical Victorian living room, or parlor, depicting the traditional wake and funeral practices, which took place inside the home. During the 1800s, determining that a person was actually dead was not as simple as it is today, as they didn’t have