Pre-Made Presentations

Whether you’re looking to make Christmas creepy again, interested in sharing women’s history, or want to bring Amanda’s Victorian Mourning Mini-Museum to your establishment, you can choose from these pre-made presentations for your event!

Prices are cheaper than personalized presentations. Prices shown are the starting point and an additional cost will be added based on travel time.

Victorian Mourning Mini-Museum

Starts at $80

With the death of her husband, Queen Victoria spent the rest of her life in deep mourning, and the Victorians followed her lead! Get to know some of the strange and unusual funeral and mourning customs practiced by those in the 19th and early 20th Century. From clothing requirements to funeral invitations, cookies, hairwork, and post-mortem photography, guests will get to see just how obsessed the Victorians were with death (and what we can learn from them). Included with this talk will be an exhibit of Amanda’s Victoriana collection, including six pieces of hairwork jewelry and artwork, a Frozen Charlotte doll, a funeral invitation, part of a widow’s mourning gown, an authentic spirit trumpet used at a seance, a murder bottle, and two post-mortem photos.

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Women in the Paranormal

Starts at $65

Women have been part of the paranormal since the beginning… so why does no one know their names? Get to know some of the ladies who helped found paranormal research and investigation as we know it today, including Catherine Crowe and Eleanor Sidgwick (pictured here) of the 19th Century, Mary Hyre of the Mothman case, and Lorraine Warren of The Conjuring fame. Available for purchase will be volumes of The Feminine Macabre, the all-female paranormal journal started by Amanda.

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Harlots & Hauntings

Starts at $60

It’s said to be “the world’s oldest profession,” and yet the history surrounding sex work is filled with lies, stigma, and misunderstandings. Throughout history, many of these ladies were nameless blips… except for the few that have chosen to haunt. Get to know some femme phantoms of negotiable affections still haunting their former places of employment, the history of prostitution, and why it is so important to tell the true stories of history’s unknowns and undesirables when we explore the paranormal. Available with explicit content as well as a “tamer” version. Available for purchase will be copies of Amanda’s 10th book, Harlots & Hauntings.

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The Spiritualists and the Suffragists

Starts at $60

Learn a brief history of the Spiritualist Movement (which started right here in Western New York!), the Fox Sisters (pictured here), and the evolution of mediumship as the 19th Century transformed into the 20th Century. We’ll look at how physical mediumship was a viable job for women in a time when opportunities were scarce and how the Spiritualist Movement connected to the Suffragist and Women’s Rights Movement. Guests will also get to see an authentic spirit trumpet used during a seance!

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Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories

Starts at $70

Charles Dickens wasn’t the only one to write a Christmas ghost story! Learn why the Victorians loved to tell ghost stories on Christmas Eve and why the tradition never quite took off in America. Then, hear an actual ghost story written in the 1800s. Included is a recipe card for a traditional Victorian Christmas dish for each guest to take home. Available for purchase will be A Very Frightful Victorian Christmas, filled with twelve Victorian ghost stories and six traditional recipes.

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Christmas Monsters

Starts at $60

Get to know the original characters of Christmas before Santa Claus such as Krampus, the Yule Cat, the Tomtar, and others. Available for purchase will be the picture book, Krampus’s Great Big Book of Yuletide Monsters. Can be made for kids or adults.

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