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Lowell Talks: Park Ranger, Tess Shatzer presents Boardinghouse Keeper or Savvy Businesswomen

March 25, 2023 @ 2:00 pm

In many ways the job of a boardinghouse keeper was not in step with the ideals of the time, which limited opportunities for women in business and certainly in management. In a system of “corporate paternalism,” the keeper had to have the qualities of a “mother-figure.” Yet to be successful (and profitable) she had to have a strong business sense. In this talk, join a ranger to explore the daily life of a boardinghouse keeper and look at her use of professional methods of managing a household and keeping accurate records. (Free parking at 350 Dutton Street in the Hamilton Parking Garage. Pick up a chaser ticket at the Visitor Center front desk to use when exiting the garage).