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Walkway Talk: A Life in Service: Servants in the Gilded Age
October 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
It took a small army to operate Staatsburgh, a 79-room estate on the Hudson River. Gilded Age servants often worked seventeen-hour days, six and a half days a week. They didn’t just clean the mansion and serve at table: they ironed their employers’ shoelaces and newspapers, put toothpaste on their toothbrushes and buttoned their buttons as they dressed. We’ll explore the advantages and sacrifices of being a servant, and why the world of great estates filled with servants faded away after World War I.
Don Fraser is the Educator at Staatsburgh State Historic Site (Mills Mansion). He creates education programs for students from 2nd grade to college, as well as special programs for adults, such as Tales of the Titanic, Gilded Age Scandals, World War I and the End of the Gilded Age, and A Life in Service – Servants in the Gilded Age.