Arts & Culture Maplewood

‘Maisie Brews a Business’ — History of Tea Rooms Brought to Life at Durand-Hedden March 11

From Durand-Hedden House and Garden:

 

In the first half of the 20th century, and in the 1920s especially, tea rooms were enormously popular in small towns, big cities and suburbs. Most were owned or managed by women and provided fashionable places for women to gather. The Tea Room Craze came about as part of the movement for women’s rights and suffrage and is referred to by historians as an example of “Domestic Feminism.” Several tea rooms flourished in this community, including the Washington Inn in Maplewood and Ye Olde Village Inn in South Orange.

On Sunday, March 11, Durand-Hedden will host historic interpreter Maureen O’Connor Leach, who will play the role of a 1925 matron, Maisie Stanton, who sees change and wants to enter the modern age as a tea shop owner. Leach will provide insights into the obstacles faced by women as they stepped out of the home and into the business world.

Maisie’s monologue references primary history sources, and transports the audience back in time through this engaging fictional character. Maisie’s tea frock has been sewn using a period pattern and the character utilizes other historically accurate accessories. Following the 2:00 p.m. presentation, there will be an opportunity for Q & A; tea and cookies will also be served.

The exhibit “Maplewood Remembers World War One” and the Durand-Hedden House will be available for viewing before and after the performance.

The event is free. Donations are appreciated.

Sunday, March 11, Presentation at 2pm; House open 1:00 p.m. to 4pm

Country Shopping

From 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m., check out our Country Store’s historic-themed treasures: early American games, books, and toys; facsimile documents; quill pens and ink; historic cookbooks; cookie molds; tin lanterns; and reproductive decorative items and ceramics. There is local honey and the Original 1910 Chocolate Fudge Sauce. You’ll also discover the hard-to-find original Doors of Maplewood poster, Smile: A Pictorial History of Olympic Park 1887-1965, and the new acid-free reproduction of the charming 1931 Map of Maplewood.

About Durand-Hedden House and Garden

Durand-Hedden House is dedicated to telling the history of the development of Maplewood and the surrounding area in new and engaging ways. It is located in Grasmere Park at 523 Ridgewood Road in Maplewood. For more information or to arrange group tours call 973-763-7712. You can also visit our website at durandhedden.org and find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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