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Where in the World have the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales been? -Part 3

By Piper Huguley

One of the lovely hoopskirted dresses.  No, I didn

One of the lovely hoop skirted dresses. No, I didn’t try on this one.



According to the wonderful historical romance author  Beverly Jenkins, it’s a nice thing  for a historical writer to be able to take a research trip.  So, whenever the Riggins family goes go to a zoo for DS to have fun, I try to get in a research trip. So I had the pleasure of going to Charleston and meeting up with my wonderful friend Julie Hilton Steele.  The aim of our trip was to see an exhibit in the oldest museum in the United States, The Charleston Museum.

The exhibit was about how characters in fiction dressed.  They allowed us to stay as long as we wanted in the exhibits and I’m sure that everyone thought we were crazy–taking pictures of everything.  The best thing of all was that they had a hoopskirted outfit to try on.  I was in heaven!  I had written about my heroine, (Amanda in The Preacher’s Promise)  in her huge hoop skirts. This was the very opportunity to see if my descriptions were correct!  And they were!  When I sat down in the hoop skirt, I forgot to hold it down and the hoop skirts flew up in my face! So thank goodness Amanda knew better to hold her skirts down when she sat…:)

More about my research trip next week….




headshot bwPiper G  Huguley is the author of “Migrations of the Heart,” a five-book series of inspirational historical romances set in the early 20th century featuring African American characters. Book one in the series, A Virtuous Ruby won the Golden Rose contest in Historical Romance in 2013 and is a Golden Heart finalist in 2014. Book four in the series, A Champion’s Heart, was a Golden Heart finalist in 2013. Book one in her new 19th century historical series, The Preacher’s Promise, in the “Home to Milford College” series was a semi-finalist in Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest and will be self-published in summer 2014.

She blogs about the history behind her novels at She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and son.


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Sia Huff - June 19, 2014 - 8:50 pm

Hi Piper,
What a fantastic experience. I want to go! I wish you had a picture of you, so we could see. Thanks for sharing about the Charleston Museum.

Marilyn Baron - June 19, 2014 - 10:17 pm

What a fun trip and a great place to do research.

Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn - June 19, 2014 - 11:33 pm

How fun! I’d love to try on clothes from that era and experience them firsthand.

Piper Huguley - June 20, 2014 - 7:08 am

Thanks Sia! There’s a pic of me. I hope Julie will send it for next week’s post! Thanks for commenting!

Piper Huguley - June 20, 2014 - 7:09 am

It sure is Marilyn! I love Charleston! Thanks for stopping by!

Piper Huguley - June 20, 2014 - 7:10 am

It was Carol! I think the try on area was for the children, but I didn’t care…Thanks for commenting!

Connie Gillam - June 20, 2014 - 7:36 am

I love Charleston. The only museum I’ve gone through there is the Naval one. Guess whose idea that was?

The next time we’re in Charleston, I’ll have to check out this one. And I love to see a picture of you in historical dress.

sandra Elzie - June 20, 2014 - 9:34 am

Okay, I have to admit that I hate on-line research with a passion…I get off on too many rabbit trails and it takes all day. (or two or three days) BUT, put me in a museum or an exhibit like this one and I’d be right beside you clicking away. This is my favorite type of “research.” Guess where you’ll find me the next time we’re in Charleston…which might be sooner than my husband currently thinks. :)

Walt Mussell - June 20, 2014 - 11:01 am


Though I have no knowledge of hoopskirt dresses, I can appreciate the sentiment here. In Japan, I visited a place called “Eiga Mura” (Movie Town) and got to dress up as a samurai. It was a blast. However, my wife regrets that I kept the picture.

sandra Elzie - June 20, 2014 - 1:38 pm

Walt, why would she regret you keeping the picture? I think it’s neat that you could do that. About 12 years ago my daughter, her daughter and I dressed up like girl/ladies in the 1800s (long dresses, hats, etc) and had our picture taken. I LOVE that picture.

Susan Carlisle - June 25, 2014 - 8:37 am

What a neat museum. I love trying on old clothes. Thanks for sharing with us.

Piper - June 25, 2014 - 12:59 pm

I know, it’s fun Susan isn’t it? Thank you for stopping by!

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