The Osceola Public Library will host Downstairs at Downton 5 p.m. Sep. 13.
What was life “really” like below the stairs at a place like Highclere Castle? 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? Get the answers to these and other questions about one of the country’s most popular television series, and discover what life was really like for the people working downstairs at Highclere Castle, the real Downton Abbey.
Kathy Wilson, B.A, M.A. will be the presenter of the session. A professional historian and educator, Kathy Wilson believes learning about the past can be fun as well as intersting. To prove that point, she draws on more thatn 20 years of experience to create programs that engage and entertain as well as educate her audiences. Ms. Wilson recieved her BA in History from Bemidji State University in Minnesota, before teraveling to england where she competed her Masters at the University of York. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Iowa and specializes in 18th and 19th- century British-American social history. Her dissertaion investigates the role of kinship networks in the social transformations of Catholic families, 1760-1850.