ST. MICHAEL’S TERCENTENARY LECTURE. “Who Filled the Pews in St. Michael’s Church: 1714-1750?”, Tuesday, March 11, 7:30 p.m., Michael’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 26 Pleasant St., Marblehead. The second program of St. Michael’s tercentenary lecture series features author Robert Booth, who will discuss the Anglican people that filled the pews at St. Michael’s from 1714 to 1750; why they chose to be part of the poorest and smallest congregation in town; and how they fit into an evolving Marblehead. Free; open to the public. email@example.com, www.stmichaels2014.org.
“DOWNTON ABBEY, LOCAL EDITION.” Wednesday, March 12, 7 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Jennifer Pustz, author and museum historian at Historic New England, presents “Downton Abbey, Local Edition: Domestic Servants in New England,” a discussion of her book “Voices From the Back Stairs,” which focuses on the lives of New England domestic servants in the 19th and 20th centuries. Funded by the Friends of the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library. www.hwlibrary.org.
THE TRAVELING LIBRARIAN VISITS FRANCE. Wednesday, March 12, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. The Dordogne is a beautiful part of southwestern France, named for the river that meanders through it to the Atlantic Ocean. Join Beebe Library of Wakefield reference librarian Jeff Klapes, the “Traveling Librarian,” for a travel lecture focusing on photographs of the Dordogne region of southwestern France and a discussion of the geography and culture of that area. Register at danverslibrary.org or 978-774-0554.
“WORDS AND MUSIC” DEBUT CONCERT. Friday, March 7, and Saturday, March 8, at 8 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. “Words and Music,” Peabody Essex Museum’s new concerts led by PEM’s first composer-in-residence, pianist Matthew Aucoin, includes two world premieres by Aucoin and works by composers ranging from Mozart to Messiaen. Includes instrumental music and recited poetry. Featured artists include violinist Keir GoGwilt and visual artist Nick Pope. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $25 PEM members, $30 nonmembers. Advance reservations required. pem.org/calendar.