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Get a first-hand glimpse of Ellwood servant life

Published: Thursday, May 15, 2014 11:39 p.m. CST • Updated: Saturday, May 17, 2014 12:57 a.m. CST
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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.

Children ages 7 to 13 can participate in a special tour of the Ellwood House Museum, 509 N. First St. in DeKalb, that will investigate the life of servants and staff in the 1879 Ellwood mansion at 11 a.m. Saturday.

As part of this hands-on tour, kids will get the chance to apply for work as Ellwood House employees. They will interview for the job of cook, maid, chauffeur, gardener or nanny. Participants 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 in the early 20th century and the lifestyle of working-class servants. The cost is $5 a person and advanced registration is required.

For more information or to register, contact Scott Tews at 815-756-4609 or

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

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