Voices from the Back Stairs

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Although domestic servants made everyday life in grand homes possible, their identities and roles within the household have long been hidden. This lecture by Jennifer Pustz, museum historian at Historic New England, illustrates the diversity of domestic service in New England over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by focusing on Castle Tucker, Roseland Cottage, and Codman Estate, three Historic New England properties. Period domestic manuals, ephemera, and other general material bring the lives of servants and relationships with their employers to the foreground.