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They didn't have Facebook.
They didn't even have TV.
In the interest of bringing alive that time in Saline County's history, the Battle of Marshall 150th Anniversary Commemoration committee will hold the Presidents' High Tea at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Windmill Gallery, 467 S. Odell Ave. in Marshall, according to a news release from Marshall Cultural Council.
Organizer Connie Grisier said people should not be daunted by the term "high tea." The Victorian period high tea refers to the menu rather than the level of formality. High teas traditional included more substantial food than afternoon teas.
"It's not meant to be a formal tea," she said. "It's February. We want people attending to be comfortable."
The menu for the event will include a course of savory selections -- mainly small sandwiches -- followed by a course of sweet pastries and other treats.
A brief history of tea traditions and etiquette will be presented, and there will be period entertainment, too.
"The Sons of Liberty Rise to the Defense of the Nation" is a series of five tableaux vivants (or "living pictures") accompanied by a narrator and music. In a tableaux, actors strike poses but do not move or speak. The narrator tells their story.
The event is co-sponsored by Marshall Cultural Council and three area Daughters of the American Revolution chapters -- Marshall, Arrow Rock and Patsy Gregg.
The event is a fundraiser for the Battle of Marshall project. Seating is limited. Tickets are $10 each and are available at Square Corner on the east side of the Marshall square, Windmill Gallery and the Marshall Democrat-News office, 121 N. Lafayette Ave.
All proceeds benefit the Battle of Marshall 150th Anniversary Commemoration fund. Marshall Cultural Council, the primary sponsor, is coordinating a year-long series of events designed to educate the community about life in 1860s Marshall and Saline County.