Uncovering Voices from the Back Stairs

Author Jennifer Pustz will speak at the New England Historic Genealogical Society on Wednesday, November 7 about her book on domestic servants entitled Voices from the Back Stairs.

Historic New England and the New England Historic Genealogical Society will present a program entitled Uncovering Voices from the Back Stairs on Wednesday, November 7, beginning at 6 pm at the New England Genealogical Society's headquarters at 99 - 101 Newbury Street in Boston. The event is free to HNE and NEHGS members, $5 for non-members.

Although domestic servants made everyday life in grand homes possible, their identities and roles within the household have long been hidden. Jennifer Pustz, museum historian at Historic New England and author of Voices from the Back Stairs, 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. Archival materials illustrate the lives of servants and relationships with their employers.

Following this lecture, Marie Daly, director of the library at New England Historic Genealogical Society, demonstrates how anyone can research their family history, including hard-to-trace ancestors such as servants, immigrants, and members of the working class. She will highlight both online and on-site research venues, bringing to light the sources that can help piece together your family story. Co-sponsored with New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Registration is required. Please call 617-994-5959 for more information. Purchase tickets now by visiting  http://shop.historicnewengland.org/p-7546-uncovering-voices-from-the-back-stairs-november-7.aspx.

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