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Voices From the Back Stairs: Domestic Staff in New England

September 6, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Although domestic servants made everyday life in grand homes possible, their identities and roles within the household have long been hidden. This lecture will illustrate the diversity of domestic service in New England over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by focusing on three Historic New England properties. Period domestic manuals, ephemera, and other general material will also bring the lives of servants and relationships with their employers to the foreground.

Dr. Jennifer Pustz is the former museum historian at Historic New England, where she conducted and coordinated social history research for the organization. She holds a Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Iowa and M.A. and B.A. degrees in art history. Prior to moving to New England, she was the historian at Brucemore, a National Trust Historic Site in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She is the author of Voices from the Back Stairs: Interpreting Servants’ Lives at Historic House Museums (Northern Illinois University Press, 2010) and a contributing author of Historic New England’s America’s Kitchens publication (2009). Pustz is currently pursuing an additional degree in nutrition science from Tufts University.

Members of The Gables and Historic New England: Free

Non-Members: $7.00

To reserve your spot for this lecture please CLICK HERE. For more information please email groups@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.


September 6, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The House of the Seven Gables
115 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970 United States