COVID-19 Update for Victorian Days 2020

Portrait of Ada Lovelace The Executive Board of Belvidere Heritage, Inc. hopes all our followers are healthy and safe! We’re thankful to be part of the Belvidere community and are especially thankful for our first responders. We appreciate all the messages we’ve received asking about Victorian Days. It warms our hearts to know how many people care about an event that is close to our hearts! After some deliberation, we wanted to post some updates for all of you.
The images here are of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine. Lovelace is widely seen as the “mother of computer programming,” dubbed so for her work on calculating Bernoulli numbers using Babbage’s device in 1843. Lovelace is a stand-out figure in Victorian history as she serves as a model of the excitement with which people of that era tackled problems and chased new ideas.
Just as Lovelace and her fellow Victorians embraced innovation, science, and progress, so, too, is Belvidere Heritage. While we are sad to announce that the 2020 Victorian Days will not be held in person in Belvidere this year, we are pleased to announce that the 32nd annual festival will still be happening online, in your homes via the magic of the very technology Lovelace helped develop!
The safety and health of our community and the many folks who visit Belvidere for the festival are our top priorities, and we feel that we’ll be serving everyone best by moving to a virtual/hybrid event. While many of the activities you’ve come to love will be hosted online, a few activities that lend themselves to social distancing, including the car show and walking tour, will be scheduled as usual. We are using this as a time to be creative and bring you something new and remarkable! Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine
We’ll be posting more about our schedule in the coming weeks. ***If you’ve already been confirmed as a participant for this year, please be patient with us as we reach out to everyone with more information via email.*** Thank you all so much for your continued support! We hope we’ll see you at Virtual Victorian Days this year, and in the park in Belvidere in September 2021!
(Images courtesy of @computerhistory and @britannica )

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