Victorian Tea

LEWISTOWN – Nothing is quite as beautiful – or satisfying as the ritual of the Victorian Tea, with its elegantly laid tables, delicate tea sandwiches, scones, sumptuous desserts and, of course, teas.

Find out for yourself when well-known Civil War living historian Myra Reichart, of Gettysburg, serves as the featured speaker at the Mifflin County Historical Society’s Summer Victorian Tea.

The tea, which will be held on July 12, is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in the Ellen Chapel Church, 11764 Ferguson Valley Road, Lewistown.

Reichart’s topic will be “The History and Etiquette of the Tea.”

Her program will answer these burning questions: Is “high” tea really high? And what makes a “low” tea just that? She will explore the history, customs, traditions and etiquette of this most perfect Victorian institution, all while taking a light-hearted look at just how seriously the Victorians took their tea.

Reichart has been doing living history for about 16 years and is president of Places Through Time Living History, Inc. She combines her life-long fascination with Civil War history in general, and the Battle of Gettysburg in particular, with her love of theater and teaching.

Her persona is created from personal reminiscences of Gettysburg citizens, bits and pieces found in her research into the battle, the community and 19th century life. The beautifully crafted and period-perfect dialogue that Reichart employs makes listeners think they’re having an intimate conversation with someone who was there, and her characters often speak to issues and ideas that resonate for contemporary society.

A western Pennsylvania native, Myra and her husband, Paul, live just outside Gettysburg, surrounded by the battlefield. She is a volunteer docent at both the David Wills House and the Historic Train Station in Gettysburg, a charter member of the National Civil War Museum, a member of the Gettysburg Foundation, and The Society for Women and the Civil War, and also belongs to and supports The Civil War Trust, the Northern York County Historical and Preservation Society and the Adams County Historical Society.

Tickets for the tea may be obtained for a $20 donation and are available from Mifflin County Historical Society office, 242-1022, or by calling Dorothy Aurand, event coordinator, at 248-7647. Deadline for reservations is July 7.