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Robert Roberts and the Art of Conducting Dinner
August 7 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
In 1827, the author, abolitionist, and domestic servant Robert Roberts published The House Servant’s Directory, his how-to manual for servants in elite households, making him one of America’s first commercially published black authors. The most challenging of all servant assignments, Roberts tells us, is the large dinner party. Its success is about much more than good food and wine, well-served; it can be a masterpiece of science and art, a confirmation of social status, and a means of social reform. This program will be led by Gore Place historian Diann Strausberg. Diann has spent years researching the life of Robert Roberts. This is one of a series of programs developed by Gore Place bringing Roberts’ life and work to the public. Free. Online.
This program is funded by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.