Domestic servants made everyday life in grand homes possible, but their identities and roles within the household have long been hidden. A 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 the Codman Estate, three Historic New England properties. Period domestic manuals, ephemera, and other historic materials bring the lives of servants and their relationships with their employers to light. After the lecture, enjoy a tour of the City of Waltham's Stonehurst. Stonehurst curator Ann Clifford leads a tour on servant life within this seasonal country home of housing reformer Robert Treat Paine. Fall coincided with the Paine family's annual move from Stonehurst to Boston, a particularly labor-intensive time for their servants, and the ultimate test of Paine's reform theories.
$15 admission; $10 Historic New England and Friends of Stonehurst members. Registration required.
Cosponsored by Historic New England, the Friends of Stonehurst and the City of Waltham.
For more information and to register, call 617-994-5912 or visit Historic New England.