2013-03-06 / News

Preservationists set Blarney Days prelude

BATH — Sagadohic Preservation Inc., will present “Voices from the Back Stairs: Domestic Servants in 19th and 20th Century New England,” on Sunday, March 10.

The lecture and show, which serves as a sort of prelude to the weeklong Bath Blarney Days, is 3 p.m. at the Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St.

If you're suffering from “Downton Abbey” withdrawal symptoms and are missing the sagas of Anna and Bates and Thomas and Miss O'Brien, plan to attend the event.

Dr. Jennifer Pustz, the museum historian at Historic New England, will present the illustrated lecture.

Although domestic servants made everyday life in grand homes possible, their identities and roles within the household have long been hidden. Pustz has researched the subject and will show the diversity of domestic service in New England during this period by focusing on several historic New England properties, including Castle Tucker in Wiscasset.

Period domestic manuals, ephemera and other general material will also bring the lives of servants and their relationships with their employers into focus.

Many servants were young Irish women, so the talk is a good starting point for Blarney Week in Bath and International Women's Month in March, organizers said.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted.

For more information, contact 443-2174 or visit www.sagadahocpreservation.org.

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