Servants, Slaves Focus Of Two Museum Events

This year, the Museums on the Green debuted a servant’s quarters in the 1790 Dr. Francis Wicks House. To commemorate that and to give the public a better understanding of the significance of this feature of the Wicks House, the Museums on the Green is offering two events.

On Tuesday, September 30, Cape Cod historian James Coogan will be in Falmouth to discuss “Slavery, Indenture and Abolition on Cape Cod.”

Then on Wednesday, October 8, the museums will host a bus tour about the lives of servants and slaves in New England.

Tour participants will go to the Isaac Royall House in Medford and Gore Place in Waltham—two of the only venues in New England with surviving rooms showing how servants and slaves lived. The Royall House, built in the 1730s, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is significant for having the only surviving slave quarters in New England. Gore Place is an elegantly furnished Federal period house and estate, referred to as the “Monticello of the North,” and shows what life was like for indentured servants.

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The cost for Mr. Coogan’s lecture is $5 for members and $8 for nonmembers.

The bus tour, which requires reservations, is $60 for members and $65 for nonmembers. The bus departs at 8:30 AM, and lunch (not covered by the fee), will be at the Burlington Mall.

Reservations must be made no later than September 17 by calling the Museums on the Green offices at 508-548-4857; or visit museumsonthegreen.org/slaves-and-servants-bus-tour-october-9-2014/.

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