If you’re a Downton Abbey fan who is excited about the upcoming movie, the Pella Public Library and Friends of the Library are offering the presentation, “Downstairs at Downton.”

The program will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 6:30 pm in Room 206 of the Pella Community Center. It is free and open to the public.

Have you ever wondered what life was really like below the stairs at a 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?

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 the early 20th century.

When Carol Weihe, a Library Assistant at the Pella Public Library, found out there was going to be a Downton Abbey movie, she was very excited to follow more adventures of the Crawley family. Weihe also helps with adult programming, so when she discovered the library could offer Wilson’s program just before the movie’s release, she thought other fans would be interested to learn more about the staff of a castle like Downton Abbey.

Wilson received her BA in History from Bemidji State University in Minnesota, before traveling to England where she completed 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 dissertation investigates the role of kinship networks in the social transformations of Catholic families, 1760-1850.

Please contact the library at 641-628-4268 for questions about this and other upcoming programs.

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