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March 24, 2014

Best Bets for Monday, March 24

The Salem News

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Local historian Nancy Coffey presents an illustrated lecture at the Beverly Public Library about indoor immigrant workers, including maids, butlers, cooks and footmen, who worked behind the scenes on the affluent Beverly Farms estates during the late 19th and early 20th century. Coffey's lecture, titled “Upstairs, Downstairs,” is part of the library’s Monday Mornings lecture series, and takes place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Light refreshments will be served at 9 a.m. The program is free and open to adults, and will be held in the Sohier Room. The library is located at 32 Essex St., Beverly, and is handicapped-accessible. For more information, email or call 978-921-6062.

This evening at 7, the Pickering House and the Salem Athenaeum are hosting an evening lecture by Dr. Ronald Angelo Johnson and signing of his new book, “Diplomacy in Black & White: John Adams, Toussaint Louverture, and Their Atlantic World Alliance.” Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering begins tonight's program with remarks about his ancestor, Col. Timothy Pickering, who played a part in the subject of Johnson’s book. Tickets cost $20 for Athenaeum and Pickering House members and $25 for nonmembers. The event takes place at the Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem. For tickets and details, visit

The Peabody Institute Library presents a spinning and weaving demonstration at 7 p.m. in the Main Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. After sharing a brief film on Islamic textiles, spinner and weaver Susan Babb will present her journey into the world of these centuries-old crafts. The art of weaving will be shown from her first piece to more recent. Babb will demonstrate spinning on a wheel and a drop spindle, and those attending will have a chance to win a spinning kit. Details and registration are available at 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or