GROUP TOURS: ENTERTAINING PROGRAMS

For more information, 

call our group tour sales office at 609-224-6030 or

800-275-4278, ext.  1-158

or email: 

sgibson@capemaymac.org

MAC offers entertaining programs on local history, Victorian history, American history and music history that can be presented during lunch or dinner, or arranged for a more convenient time to fit your itinerary.  If you require a more specialized program on a topic below, MAC will try to customize one to fit your needs. These programs are presented by our trained staff and costumed interpreters, often with audio/visual support. Available programs include:

 

Local History Programs

  • Analyzing Cape May’s Victorian Architecture:  Your group will learn how to identify over a half dozen major Victorian architectural styles and how Victorian architecture and interior design reflected Victorian lifestyle and philosophy.

  • The Beacon: The Cape May Lighthouse: A rich presentation on lighthouse lore with a particular focus on the Cape May Lighthouse and its history and restoration. This program is an ideal preparation for a Cape May Lighthouse climb.

  • Cape May History: A 400 year local history time capsule with an emphasis on how our location and environment helped shape our history and economy. 

  • Cape May's Maritime Heritage: From Captain Mey to Today: Learn about the evolution and importance of whaling, recreational and commercial fishing, maritime trade and travel.

  • Cape May on Fire: Beyond the story of The Great Inferno that nearly destroyed Cape May in 1878, this program also deals with other significant 19th century fires in Cape May and the nation.

 

Victorian Social History Programs

  • Victorian Christmas: Trees, cards, carols and the very image of Santa Claus himself- Learn how these traditions spread to America from Victorian England.

  • Victorian Etiquette and Manners: Learn the hows and whys of Victorian manners and etiquette.  A brief introduction to the Victorian Era and to the Emlen Physick Estate is included.

  • Victorian Fashion Show:  Corsets, bustles, high button shoes, parasols…this richly illustrated Powerpoint presentation on the evolution of Victorian women’s fashions from the inside out looks at the wardrobe of the Victorian lady.  Slides are complemented by a display of period and reproduction pieces.  Audience participation is encouraged. 

 

Music History Programs

  • John Philip Sousa: the Man and his Music: America's March King tells how he changed American music and encouraged young musicians.

  • Masters of Musical Theater: Gilbert & Sullivan: Late in the Victorian Era, two Englishmen revolutionized the musical theatre, creating a series of witty, melodic operettas that set a new standard for stage professionalism.

  • The Music of the 50s & 60s: Down Memory Lane:  Lets your group enjoy the unique sounds of the 1950s and 1960s, including Rock and Roll, Rhythm and Blues and Doo-Wop, as they learn about Wildwood and the South Jersey seashore's important role in the era.

  • Music of the War Years: Describes the music that accompanied America's war effort. Famous big bands and their leaders and vocalists are featured.

  • Uniquely American Music: Blues & Jazz:  Your group will learn about these American musical forms that swept the world.

 

Living History Programs:

  • A Visit with Dr. Emlen Physick: Dr. Physick in costume presents a brief introduction to himself, his family, his estate, Cape May, and the Victorian Era, and answers questions about his personal life and the history and lifestyle of the Victorians. Audience participation is encouraged. 

  • A Visit with the Physick Family: Dr. Physick brings his mother and aunt to pay a call. The ladies provide a window into the world of Victorian women, while the good doctor equally represents the masculine domain of the era.

  • A Visit with John Philip Sousa: A costumed interpreter and expert musician visits your group as John Philip Sousa, the Victorian March King.  Sousa tells of his life and music and places an equal emphasis on the value of being a musician. He plays an authentic Victorian Helicon, the ancestor of the Sousaphone and tuba.

  • A Visit from President & Mrs. Benjamin Harrison: Meet the President and First Lady most associated with Cape May and learn about their life and time.

  • A Visit from Queen Victoria & Prince Albert: The Queen and her consort tell you about their life and times.

  • The Temperance Tempest: Dr. Physick moderates a debate over temperance and prohibition between a leader of Cape May’s Women’s Christian Temperance Union and a local saloon owner in Cape May circa 1890s. Extensive audience participation is encouraged.