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Explore Chicago! Glessner House Servants Private Tour & dinner

Saturday, November 13, 2021, 3‑5pm CST
Location: Glessner House @ 1800 S Prairie Ave.
Restricted to members and their guests
This event is SOLD OUT!
Contact: Lana

Fully Vaccinated?  Immerse yourselves in the life of the servants to the rich in the late 1800’s - a TTN exclusive PRIVATE TOUR!

Glessner House Servants Tour (and dinner after)
Private Tour: 3-5pm. Tickets: $25
Dinner: 5:30pm. Location to be announced. Dinner not included in Tour fee.

VERY Limit Capacity as spaces are small so purchase soon! Limit 8. Register above and pay to save your spot! No refunds or exchangses. 

In 1885, architect Henry Hobson Richardson was asked to design a house for the Glessner family and their live-in staff.

For Chicago's Gilded Age millionaires--in this neighborhood built around the wealth--life was highly social, with considerable entertaining and dinners that started at 9pm, after the theater or the opera. That meant workdays for household staffs that stretched from dawn to midnight. Secure housing was provided, but not much else. Wages were low. Time off was limited to one afternoon a week and every other Sunday. Many servants, in their journals, noted a sense of isolation. "We share in the work of the house, but not in the pleasure of the home.”

We’ll learn about their lives life using extraordinary records maintained by Frances Glessner, including her personal journal and a book where she documented each servant as they came and went. We’ll explore the servants’ areas of the house in detail, including spaces not featured on regular tours. Learn what a day in the life of a servant would have been like for coachman Charles Nelson, cook Mattie Williamson, the troublesome housekeeper Miss Brockington, and others.

You must be vaccinated and wear a mask for this tour.
Tour will be followed with a dinner - restaurant will be announced. 

Material from, 03:02:03 December 3, 2021.
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