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Victorian Mourning – A Mini Exhibit
It’s difficult in today’s fast-paced and casual society to imagine sustaining a strict litany in protocol over a lengthy period of time.
The people growing up in the Victorian era are known for observing a litany of Queen Victoria-inspired rules of etiquette and decorum. One of those facets of life, dealing with mourning traditions, can be seen at Hower House in Akron through Oct. 30.
Four rooms have been decorated with mourning items by the Hower House Artifacts Committee, said Marilyn Lown, the chair of the committee and a Munroe Falls resident. The exhibit is a tribute to Susan Youngker Hower, the wife of John Henry Hower, who built Hower House. Youngker Hower died Nov. 21, 1896 at age 75, and some rooms in the home are decorated as they most likely would have been set up for her funeral.
“The funeral was on a Monday here, at 2 p.m.,” Lown said. “The funeral and the body would have probably been here,” and Lown indicated the south parlor.
This year’s exhibit includes:
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Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for senior 65 and older, and $2 for students and children. Children 6 and under are free with a paying adult. Group tours are available by appointment.
60 Fir Hill, Akron, OH 44325