Keep your social distance while still socializing with the RSV! We'll be adding all kinds of ways that you can get your early 19th century fix with friends and members as we attempt to wait out the Coronavirus. Scroll down to see what we're doing, or click on one of the links below to jump directly to your topic of choice!
It is a well-known fact that Virginians of the early 19th century loved gaming! So, why not take advantage of these friendly competitions and, mayhap, win a Regency-inspired prize? The contests are open to both members and non-members alike; simply follow the instructions and guidelines listed below and join in the fun!
Thank you to everyone who entered our Reticule Contest! Voting has now concluded but you can still see the submissions on our Reticule Contest page through the end of May.
Congratulations to our winners!
1st Prize - Margaret Proffitt
2nd Prize - Ashley Yea
3rd Prize - Carlee Whitlock
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Join us on Facebook to participate in an old fashioned scavenger hunt! Lists of the items to be collected will be posted on our Facebook page at noon on the scheduled day of the hunt. The first person to post pictures of the most items on the list by 11:59PM on the day of the scheduled contest will win a prize!
What better to do with your extra time at home than whip up a period culinary masterpiece? Click a recipe below to view a short video tutorial. You can download a modern conversion of the early 19th century recipe at on our Regency Recipes page!
Join our host, D.S. Gusting, as he introduces you to some of the more informal language of the early 19th century. Each term is taken from Grose's A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue. This week's episode is below. Looking for more? Check out our Regency Slang playlist on our YouTube Channel.
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We might not be able to take tea together, but that doesn't mean that we can't visit face to face in this fascinating modern age we live in! Grab your tea cup, don your hat, cap, or bonnet, and join us in our Zoom "room" for a half hour of chatting together. If you have questions about Zoom or our QuaranTEA, you may want to look at our Zoom FAQs page. If your questions aren't answered by the FAQs, feel free to e-mail us at email@example.com. (We also have Regency-inspired Zoom Virtual Backgrounds to download if you'd like!) Registration closes the day before the online event. Be sure to register on our Events page in order to get the meeting link!
Our members are what make the RSV a great group! By bringing together people who have different perspectives and historical passions, we make our study of the early 19th century more three-dimensional. We would love for you to share your thoughts about what the Regency Society of Virginia has meant to you in your exploration of this fascinating time period. Have you picked up a new skill? Discovered something about the time that you may not have found out otherwise? Maybe the friends that you've made have been what you cherish most. Whatever it is that makes the RSV a special group to you, help us let other Regency Era history buffs out there know that they're not alone by posting a picture of yourself (at an RSV event or on your own) on social media along with one reason that you love the RSV. And don't forget the hashtag #MyRSV!
Having to stay at home has inspired many people to simplify their lives. While we're taking full advantage of the digital communication technology that allows us to stay in touch with one another, the RSV hopes to take advantage of this time and recapture the simple pleasure of opening one's mailbox to discover a personal letter. If you've been looking for an excuse to try your hand at writing a period-style letter or just want to discuss Regency topics with others who enjoy the period as much as you do, here's your opportunity! Now through May 12, you can register to be included as a Regency pen pal! After registration closes, you'll receive a list of folks who are interested in exchanging correspondence, too. Simply pick up your quill or pen and write! You don't have to be an RSV member to participate but you do need to register on our Events page. We look forward to corresponding with you!
Every Regency lady requires the help of her modiste to ensure that she steps out in high style! Here is your opportunity to impress the haut ton by completing our paper doll's wardrobe. Simply download and print out the pages below (hint: printing on card stock works best!), color, and cut them out, and dress the doll as you so choose! (We'd love to see your creation! Post a picture of your completed doll on social media with the hashtag #RSVpaperdoll!)
Being stuck at home doesn't mean that you can't still explore! Check out some of these amazing museums and sites that offer a glimpse into the early 19th century from the comfort of your chair. (Have another virtual tour link appropriate for the period between 1790-1820? Let us know by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org!)