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Clothing Seminar and Victorian Valentine Tea
News Release
Thursday, February 01, 2007

Historic Clothing Seminar and Victorian Valentine Tea

Individuals who enjoy Dickens on the Strand won’t want to miss "The Victorian Lady Valentine Tea, Style Show, and Seminar" on Tuesday, February 13th at historic Bethel Presbyterian Church in East Columbia, Texas. Registration for the elegant tea is at 9:30 a.m., with the program starting promptly at 10:00 a.m.

The Tea is being sponsored by the Varner-Hogg Guardians to support the preservation of Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site in West Columbia, Texas. In lieu of a fee, donations are requested. Donors of $10.00 or more will receive a complimentary tour of the Varner-Hogg Plantation House available from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Funds raised at the Tea will be used to finance much needed repairs at the plantation site.

A Style Show, "Corsets, Drawers, & Petticoats," will feature beautiful 19th century gowns reproduced from the pages of history by Laurie Hillman, Historical Costume Designer and member of the national Register of Living Historians.

Linda Kelly, Varner-Hogg Guardian President stated, "Laurie has worked with historical sites for over fifteen years. She gives visitors a fun and hilarious look at the past. If you have any questions about being ‘period correct’ in customs, manners, or style, Laurie can answer them for you and keep you chuckling at her responses."

Jennifer Payne, historian, will speak about life on the sugar and cotton plantations of the Gulf Coast as well. "The program will be completed in time for ladies and gentleman to enjoy lunch in historic West Columbia, the first capitol of Texas, leaving the afternoon available for them to admire the local sites," Mrs. Kelly stated. Besides the exclusive tour of the plantation house for those individuals donating $10.00 or more, tours of the Underwood House in East Columbia, the West Columbia Historical Museum, and the First Capitol Replica will be available for a small additional fee.

In 1824, Martin Varner received a land grant to establish the plantation. The grant was obtained by Stephen Austin from the Mexican government. The site possesses a wealth of Texas historical information that awaits your discovery. Special plans are being made to make February 13th a pleasurable day for everyone in attendance.

Space is limited. A reservation confirmation number is required and is available by calling 979-345-2568 or by emailing with your contact information and your expected number of attendees.

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