Bill & Glenna Jo Christen Present:
The Curiosity Shop
"Traveling back and forth in time,
but always looking to the future."
If you are as curious about life in the mid nineteenth century as we are, you've come to the right place. In addition to links to our own articles and presentations, other web pages to which we have contributed articles and a few other websites, the site also includes a real business for mid nineteenth century original and reproduction goods.
We never know when we will be adding to our pages so visit us often. If you're curious about a specific aspect of nineteenth century life, let us know. We can share what we know or help you find the resources to answer your questions. We always enjoy gaining new insights and learning more.
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The Old Curiosity Shop An 1860s stereoview
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Now, we hope we've piqued your curiosity enough that you want to see what we have to offer. We encourage you to visit our Presentations & Works-In-Progress page. This page links you to the results of some of our research on such mid nineteenth century topics as men's and women's fashions, mourning, dressing for the weather, etiquette, Civil War spy Pauline Cushman, regimental histories, etc. This page also lists the topics of our more popular presentations, with links to informative outlines for some of our presentations. We are also always interested in new topics to study. We will be adding articles on this page as new topics are suggested and the necessary research is completed. We are also available to do presentations ranging from short "after dinner" talks, to all weekend workshops on any of the subjects listed, including hands-on study of original garments in our collections. If you don't see a topic listed, just let us know what you are looking for and we will see what we can do.
 
We also like to display images from our photograph collection. In this small gallery you will find images from our collection that pertain to our works in progress, presentations or pertain to general topics of interest. Please click on the following link to visit this 'gallery' on our Collection and Archives page. We have been displaying a ruby glass ambrotype of a group of five young men, including individual close ups showing details of their hair and neck ties. On the 'distaff' side we have showing two 'mature' women with glasses and six younger ladies showing some of the less commonly seen sleeve styles that were worn during the Civil War era. We are overdue for a change so please let us know what subjects would you like to see displayed next.
 
We also encourage you to visit our Favorite Links page. This is where you can find a few of our other favorite web sites such as "The Watchdog," a kind of Consumer's Reports for Civil War reenactors and museums, edited and published by Bill. We also have links to web pages covering nineteenth century photography and genealogy. Could they be our favorites since we sometimes contribute to them?
 
Glenna Jo also has a small mercantile business geared mainly to Civil War era civilian reenactors, Mrs. Christen's Miscellanea. "Mrs. Christen's" offers a select array of reproduction and vintage items to help a lady round out her mid nineteenth century civilian impression. She also offers selected items a gentleman may need as well as antique and reprint books of interest to all ages. If you are curious about what she has to offer, please visit her on-line shop.
 
This page also links to a listing of the events she will be attending with her shop. We will both be attending many other events, sans shop, and Glenna Jo is always willing to visit the merchant area and offer shopping advice in hopes of saving others from making some of the 'newbie' mistakes she made in her early years in reenacting.
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Please e-mail us and let us know how we can help you. We welcome questions, comments, suggestions and even criticism.
Glenna Jo and Bill
Updated: Sept. 15, 2007