The Victorian era was the heyday of gender roles and social conformity, right? Perhaps, perhaps not – but in either case, the social order is not complete without rule breakers! Come get to know a sample of LGBT Victorians who bent the rules of their society, and discuss the difficulties (and rewards) of searching for queer history.
Nancy McCarthy is a historian, costumer, and seamstress from Arlington. She has been researching and recreating textile culture and women’s daily life of early America since 2011.