Talk on domestic servants

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If you are mesmerized by BBC’s Downton Abbey, you will not want to miss the presentation at the Historical Society of Cheshire County on Wednesday. At 7 p.m. Historic New England’s museum historian Jennifer Pustz will present “Voices from the Back Stairs: Domestic Servants in the 19th and 20th century New England.”

Although domestic servants made everyday life in grand homes possible, their identities and roles within the household have long been hidden. This illustrated lecture will reveal the diversity of domestic service in New England over the 19th and 20th centuries by focusing on three Historic New England properties.

Period domestic manuals, ephemera and other general material will bring the lives of servants and relationships with their employers to the foreground. The program is in conjunction with the Society’s current exhibit “Your Grandmother Trusted Wright’s,” a history of the J.A. Wright Silver Cream Company, on view at the Historical Society of Cheshire County until June.

The “Voices from the Back Stairs” program is free and open to the public. The Historical Society of Cheshire County is located at 246 Main St. in Keene.

For further information, contact the Society at 352-1895 or

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