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The Peabody Historical Society & Museum presents a lecture titled “History of Domestic Servants in New England” by Jennifer Pustz of Historic New England this afternoon at 1. Learn about what life was like for real-life domestic servants in the grand homes of New England and the various types of domestic servitude that existed then. The lecture is free for members, $5 for nonmembers, and takes place in the Smith Barn on Felton Street in Peabody. For more information, call 978-531-0805.
The weather's getting cooler, and getting to be time to prepare your garden for the winter. If you're looking for best practices, come to the Buker School multipurpose room, 1 School St., Wenham, tonight at 7, as the Hamilton Wenham Garden Club presents a free seminar on “Putting the Garden to Bed.” For more information, call 978-468-5829.
Scholar Marc Brettler will discuss the secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls and how they revolutionized the way history is viewed tonight at 7:30 at JCC of the North Shore, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. Learn about the people who wrote the documents and the scrolls’ importance to understanding the Bible, Judaism and early Christianity. Tonight's program also kicks off the Torah Hub lecture series, a collaboration of Temple Sinai, JCC of the North Shore and Temple Emanu-El, all of Marblehead, Congregation Shirat Hayam and Chabad of the North Shore of Swampscott, Marblehead Ministerial Association and Combined Jewish Philanthropies. All are welcome to this free event; donations will be accepted. For more information, visit JCCNS.ORG or call 781-476-9902.