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Downstairs at Downton

Historian Kathy Wilson will present her program Downstairs at Downton on Saturday, November 2 at 2:00 PM in the Marshalltown Public Library’s meeting rooms.

What was life really like below stairs at place like Downton Abbey? Could the chauffeur really marry the daughter of an Earl? Would a maid help move a dead body to protect her mistress’ reputation? What about all that free time? Historian Kathy Wilson reveals the answers to these questions and more in this program focusing on the realities of domestic service at Highclere Castle, the real Downton Abbey, during early 20th century.

Kathy Wilson has more than 20 years experience as a professional historian, educator, archaeologist, and museum specialist in the Midwest and Southeastern United States. She has a BA in History from Bemidji State University (Minnesota), a Masters from the University of York (England), and is a PhD candidate at the University of Iowa.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit the library’s website at www.marshalltownlibrary.org or call the library’s Information Desk at 641-754-5738 ext. 4.


  • Date:November 2, 2019
  • Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm