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“Life at Hunter’s Home: The Lady of the House” begins (virtual)
During the month of January 2021 Hunter’s Home will continue digital programming centered on the lady of the house, Minerva Ross Murrell. The “Life at Hunter’s Home” Facebook group is a way to engage in the site’s events and programs from home while keeping safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. January programs will focus on medicine, mourning practices, and birthday celebrations in the 19th century.
Beginning on January 5, the programming with explore 19th-century medicines and illnesses that correlate to the life of Minerva Ross Murrell. She suffered the effects of malaria for much of the last five years of her life. Those participating in the Facebook group will learn about commonly prescribed treatments for the disease and medicines of the mid-1800s, including notes from the physician who cared for Minerva revealing that she received many of these treatments under his care.
From January 12 to 15, the home will present its “Mourning Minerva” programming, through which visitors will learn the 19th-century processes for dealing with death. The mansion will come out of mourning the week of January 19 to discuss the stages of Victorian mourning. Last but certainly not least, Hunter’s Home will close the month on a high note on January 26, Minerva’s birthday, with discussions about period birthday celebrations in honor of the 202nd anniversary of Minerva’s birth. All activities are virtual.
The cost for all-access to the “Life at Hunter’s Home” Facebook group for the month of January is $10. Call 918-456-2751 or come by the site Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to register.