Courtney, History Festival Volunteer

Read more about Courtney over on the History Festival blog.

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to sit down with a hot cuppa and read the 2018 History Festival program cover to cover while listening to the rain – true romance for a history geek like myself. After giving my highlighter and post-it notes a workout, I created a short list of events that I am beyond excited for:
  1. Magical History Tour - The best way to get me excited about anything? Tell me it’s mysterious, exclusive and that there will be amazing food. The Magical History Tour is so popular that you will need to enter a ballot before the 1st of May to win tickets.
  2. Forgotten Murals of the Adelaide Children’s Hospital - Dorrit Black is my favourite artist; her cubist renderings of South Australia are truly dramatic. I can’t wait to visit this exhibition at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital to learn about public murals painted by some of South Australia’s best visual artists in the 1940s.
  3. Falling Bombs and Floating Cards - I know what you’re thinking, aren’t magic shows more of an Adelaide Fringe event and what’s so historical about that? The Australian Society of Magicians is the oldest magic club in Australia. Also I just want to watch magic in an air raid shelter - it’s the simple things. 
  4. Queer Style(s): Then and Now: Hats, Gloves and Parasols - The entire Queer Style(s) program this year looks fantastic but I am most excited about seeing Dr Gertrude Glossip (Queen of the Walk, PhD in Formal Drapery) in the beautiful flesh. 
  5. This Valley of Eden: Yesteryear in the Kitchen - I am fascinated with the evolution of homes and houses over the years. When I saw the words ‘retro kitchenalia display’ – I knew that this would be a must see for me.
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