Joy Gleason Carew: Upstairs/Downstairs at Locust Grove: A Reconsideration of Women's (And Girls') Work
Many times, when visiting historic homes from the 18th and early 19th Centuries, we are told to envision the lives of the people who lived in these rooms by taking cues from their portraits, diaries and letters. We compare them with other period houses, noting the design of their living spaces, their clothes and even the type of wallpaper they used. But, while these portraits and other materials give us glimpses into these lives, they often tell us very little about the lives of the many others whose service was invaluable to the functioning of these homes.
This talk, coming in Women's History Month, will help us enter the lives of some of the women of Locust Grove: Lucy Croghan and her daughters, Ann and Elizabeth, as well as peek into the lives of several enslaved women and children who lived here with them and other family members. Dr. Joy Gleason Carew is Professor of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville.
The Locust Grove Afternoon Lecture Series is held the first Wednesday of each month. Dessert and coffee are served at 1:00 pm with the lecture immediately following at 1:15 pm. Admission is $6, $4 for Friends of Historic Locust Grove. Reservations are not required.