Ring for Servants: The Roles of Servants in a Country Home

by  Liberty Hall Museum

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It is the year 1900 and the Kean family lives in a world where their every whim is met by the simple ringing of the servant’s bell. With the help of family ledgers, diaries, and census records, museum educators will bring the servants to life and take you on a day-in-the-life adventure of the servants in the Kean household.  Perfect for Downton Abbey Fans!

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About This Program


Point to Point: $100.00
By Request: $100.00


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

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Booking Information

Program Availability: Monday-Friday: 10:00am-7:00pm; Saturday and Sunday: 2:00pm-5:00pm; Programs must be booked at least two weeks in advance.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please contact the museum at hgaston@kean.edu or 908-527-0400 to discuss the cancellation policy.

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Liberty Hall Museum

Union, New Jersey
United States

Liberty Hall Museum, a historic house and gardens museum in Union, New Jersey and the state's premier in-person and virtual field trip destination, offers a diverse array of virtual school programs and lifelong learner experiences designed to enlighten and inform all curious minds.

Whether you are playing with toys from over 200 years ago with your school class, studying the plants in our historic greenhouses with your scout troop, or engaging with a presentation about Liberty Hall’s powerful women at your local library, Liberty Hall Museum provides the unique opportunity to see, touch, and relive history.

Our school programs meet a variety of Common Core and New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards and all our programs are conducted by museum educators who share a genuine love of this museum. Liberty Hall’s historians and staff are dedicated to ensuring that every visitor who visits the museum leaves with a greater appreciation for our nation and our state’s history.

Hannah Gaston

Program Details


1. Introduction to the Kean family in the year 1900
2. Day-in-the-life of the Kean servants from 6:00am to midnight
3. What was life like for a servant?
4. Servants before 1900
5. Servants after 1900
6. Study of primary source documents and research
7. Question and Answer Time


At the end of this program, participants will be able to:
- Gain an understanding of what a servant's daily life looked like in the year 1900
- Compare and contrast the lives of servants to the lives of wealthy families in the 20th century
- Develop an appreciation for the extensive records in Liberty Hall's collection used to better understand the servants of the home