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Young Writers Earning Honors At Norwalk's Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

Jennifer Pustz will present "Voices from the Back Stairs: Interpreting Servants’ Lives at Historic House Museums" Oct. 4 at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum.
Jennifer Pustz will present "Voices from the Back Stairs: Interpreting Servants’ Lives at Historic House Museums" Oct. 4 at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Historic New England Library and Archives.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Historic New England Library and Archives.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Historic New England Library and Archives.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Historic New England Library and Archives.

NORWALK, Conn. -- The award-winning students of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum/Ernest Hemingway/Young Writers’ Competition will be honored Oct. 4.

Author and Historic New England historian Jennifer Pustz will join legislators and the museum’s education committee at the celebration at 1 p.m. at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Ave., Norwalk.

The awards ceremony will be followed at 2 p.m. by a lecture by Pustz, which is open to the public and entitled, "Voices from the Back Stairs: Interpreting Servants’ Lives at Historic House Museums."

The museum started the writing competition in the spring as part of a program to engage more than 1,200 students in the exploration of history, 19th century technology and the arts.

“It is our hope that the museum’s competition will strengthen our bond with the Norwalk Public Schools and the community, and will complement the efforts of the teachers – encouraging the students to explore history and use their writing skills to be creative and to express themselves," said Haroldo Williams, chair of the museum's education committee, in a press release.

The lecture by Pustz will bring the lives of servants and the relationships with their employers to the foreground. Although domestic servants made everyday life in grand homes possible, their identities and roles within the household have long been hidden. Pustz’s lecture will illustrate the diversity of domestic service in New England during the 19th and 20th centuries by focusing on three Historic New England properties.

The lecture is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. The price includes lecture, refreshments courtesy of Michael Gilmartin's Outdoor Cookers Catering & Event Planning and a mansion tour. Please contact info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com or 203-838-9799, ext. 4 to purchase tickets. RSVP by Sept. 27.

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