Book Cover for In The Service
Elly Shodell, author
Sunday, September 17, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
In The Service: Workers on the Grand Estates of Long Island, 1890s-1940s
Community Church of East Williston
This illustrated presentation focuses upon Long Island’s fabled Gold Coast estates from an unusual perspective—that of those who served as butlers, chauffeurs, dairymaids, gardeners, and cooks. Although there is no lack of documentation about America’s barons who emerged from the Industrial Revolution and their magnificent mansions, much less is known about the lives of the men and women who worked for them. Using oral histories, photographs, archival tools, and documents, Elly Shodell brings their past to life via her Port Washington Public Library Local History Center project. She curated an exhibition for the library and wrote In the Service about these workers on Long Island estates (copies available for sale and signing).
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