The Cramer-Kenyon Heritage Home is planning a special tea at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Not only is it the day after Valentine’s Day, but it is 100 years since the 19th amendment (women’s vote) was passed. Curator Veronica Trezona will talk about how Victorian Tea Parties played a role in the political process.  

Various sweet and savory foods will be available: scones, marmalade, clotted cream and lemon curd; shortbread biscuits, as the British call them; savory sandwiches and mini-quiches; tiny cakes and cream puffs, plus, of course, tea. Be prepared for many of the foods to be heart shaped in keeping with the holiday just celebrated.

Trezona will fill heads with information on traditional teas and how they became a hotbed of political activity for the temperance and women’s suffrage movements, women active in those movements and Susan B. Anthony’s trips to South Dakota.

Unlike the home’s mystery dinners, there is no need for period dressing. Of course, if you want to dress for a traditional tea, that is quite alright. The hostesses, Mary Milroy, Rosemary Brinkmeyer, Lynn Criss, Glenda Kinghorn and Kathy Cihak, want participants to feel comfortable.   

Although women are the focus of the talk, men are welcome to attend, as well. Men weren’t invited to teas in the Victorian days. But since men were the ones who voted for the 18th and 19th Amendments, they deserve a chance to come to tea in the 21st century.  

To make a reservation, contact Trezona via cell phone at (605) 660-5612 to purchase tickets. Seating is limited to 24 guests.


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