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Kids ‘apply’ to be Ellwood servants

Published: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 11:02 a.m. CDT
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Will Lindgren, the gardener at Ellwood-Nehring House, about 1905. Lindgren's job is one of several at the Ellwood mansion children can "interview" for at the May 17 Ellwood Explorers event.

DeKALB – Children ages 7 to 13 are invited to a special tour of the Ellwood House Museum that will investigate the life of the servants and staff in the 1879 Ellwood mansion.

The tour will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at the museum, 509 N. First St. in DeKalb. In this hands-on tour, kids will “apply” for work as Ellwood House employees. They will interview for the job of cook, maid, chauffeur, gardener, or nanny. In their interview, “applicants” will be tested on their knowledge of table setting, kitchen tasks, baby care, automobiles, and more.

Visitors will leave with an enhanced understanding of daily life at the turn of the last century and the lifestyle of working-class servants. The cost is $5 per person and advanced registration is required.

For more information or to register, contact Scott Tews at 815-756-4609 or tews@ellwoodhouse.org.

This tour is the first of five summer programs offered through Ellwood Explorers, the museum’s youth education program. Ellwood Explorers is partially funded by the Cy Miller Foundation. For a complete schedule of events visit www.ellwoodhouse.org.

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