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Sunday: 'Victorian Days in the Museum'

Free event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the history museum

The San Mateo County Historical Association promises a return to the "age of gilded elegance and luxurious refinement" at "Victorian Days in the Museum" from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at the San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway in Redwood City.

Below is the text from the association's press release on the event:

Activities inside the Grand Rotunda include:

● Create Victorian-Era crafts such as a Victorian hat, build a steamship, design a piece of stained "glass" or play with an optical toy called a thaumatrope.

● Upstairs learn about the activities of the following historical groups: Colma Historical Association, Pacifica Historical Society, San Andreas Lake Chapter DAR, San Carlos Heritage Association, San Carlos Villagers, South San Francisco Historical Society Museum and historic Union Cemetery.

● In Courtroom A, watch a live theatre group perform Love & Marriage: Victorian Style. It is a play about the marriages of Victorian millionaires based on research conducted in the San Mateo County Historical Association's archives. While the characters in the play are fictional, the couples they discuss actually lived on the Peninsula in the late 1800s. All reenactors in the play volunteer their time to bring these historical characters to life. Two show times: 12:30 pm and 3 pm.

● Explore the exhibit Living the California Dream to learn more about the homes in San Mateo County during the Victorian Era.

● As a keepsake, purchase a set of earrings made from silver spoons in the Museum Store.

Put it together and you have a time to relive those long ago elegant days all inside the elaborate marbled columns and stained-glass dome of the History Museum. All activities are free to the public.

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