Symposium Curiosities in Review

Over four years ago, when Aloysius Fox announced he’d be throwing a little thing called the Steampunk Empire Symposium, I (who at the time had just barely been Steamborn as Calamity Dawn) suggested he hold some kind of artistic venue. Not a traditional art show, not quite a maker faire, but something almost like that. […]

Food from the Symposium: France and Vietnam

I’m so happy to be one of the newest contributors to The Pandora Society! I’ll be talking about food and culture (and how the two mesh and influence one another) as well as a touch of food history. Look for a post or two about Victorian food technology, etiquette, traditions — and, of course, I’m […]

May 2nd, 1885 – More than “just” a Magazine for Women.

Good Housekeeping is a women’s magazine owned by the Hearst Corporation, featuring articles about women’s interests, product testing by The Good Housekeeping Institute, recipes, diet, health as well as literary articles. It is well known for the “Good Housekeeping Seal,” popularly known as the “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.” The magazine was founded May 2nd, 1885 by […]

The Symposium Ambassador Program

What is the International Steampunk Symposium Ambassador Program? It’s a fantastic opportunity to help the Symposium grow in 2016. It’s an excellent opportunity to save money off of Symposium tickets. It’s an awesome opportunity to earn some exclusive Symposium swag, but the International Steampunk Symposium Ambassador Program is not open to just anyone . . […]

Three Must-See Music Videos that Celebrate the Future

How do you pin-point the moment when something moves out of the realm of social outcasts and closet loves, and into the light of general acceptance, and ‘even the gas station clerk knows what that is’? One pretty clear indicator is when it makes its way into pop music. Here are three music videos that […]

May 1st, 1851 – Queen Victoria Opens the Great Exhibition!

The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations or The Great Exhibition, sometimes referred to as the Crystal Palace Exhibition in reference to the temporary structure in which it was held, was an international exhibition that took place in Hyde Park, London, from May 1st, 1851 to October 11th, 1851. It was […]

2015 Symposium Games Scoreboard

My name is Caelyn Nagle and I have been the Symposium Games Director since 2013. I kinda stepped in that year out of last minute necessity and the job stuck. That being said, another Symposium Games has come to an end, and another trophy has been awarded! This year our Symposium Games champion is an […]

The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack – Book Review

The year is 1861, but the world is filled with things that should not yet have come to pass. Flying armchairs (called rotochairs) help the populace get around and the postal system is composed of foul-mouthed parakeets that have been genetically designed to deliver messages. Queen Victoria was a but a brief blip on the […]

April 30th, 1900 – Casey Jones Saves Passenger Train!

Jonathan Luther “John” “Casey” Jones from Jackson, Tennessee, was an American railroader who worked for the Illinois Central Railroad (IC). As a boy, he lived near Cayce, Kentucky, where he acquired the nickname of “Cayce,” which he chose to spell as “Casey.” On April 30th, 1900, he was killed when his passenger train, the Cannonball Express, […]

2015 International Steampunk Symposium Entertainment

This past weekend, the International Steampunk Symposium was held at the Eastgate Holiday Inn in Cincinnati. A packed entertainment schedule was a large part of the festivities. I was privileged enough to play host to some awesome performers over the weekend. Friday, things got kicked off with Cincinnati’s own tribal rock band Acarya. Liz and Wes […]

Dr. Pembroke’s Clinic – John Hunter and the Irish Giant

It’s almost midnight, late by any standards. The weary owner passes a filthy rag over the bar-top and stuffs it back in his stained apron. There’s only a few punters left and they’ll be kicked out after a minute or two. He turns to face the back bar, puts on his spectacles and peers at […]

April 29th, 1882 – All Aboard the Electric Bus!

The Electromote was the world’s first vehicle run like a trolleybus, which was first presented to the public on April 29th, 1882, by its inventor Dr. Ernst Werner von Siemens in Halensee, a suburb of Berlin, Germany. The Elektromote operated from April 29th to June 13th, 1882, on a 540 m (591 yard) trail-track starting at […]