The Barbizon Then and Now and Katharine Gibbs School
Katharine Gibbs: Beyond White Gloves is in the acknowledgements at the end of The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis. She makes the day-to-day rigor come alive.
In email Fiona Davis said, “I read your book with avid interest as it gave me such a wonderful background to the school and the time period. I can’t thank you enough for all of the research and care you took in writing it. The very fact that you were able to preserve so much of the history of the school for future generations is a true gift to us all.”
The novel is set in both 1952 with a Gibbs student living at the Barbizon Hotel for Women in New York and with a woman living at the Barbizon in 2016. In 2016 one floor has women who lived there before it became condos and still live there.
The chapters alternate between the two times, and I was so happy to see some details from my book used. The true story of how two students would share one pair of gloves and get through morning inspection at the elevators is now in two books and will not be lost.
Sunday, March 26, 2017 2:30 PM
SALEM WOMEN’S HISTORY DAY AT THE HOUSE OF SEVEN GABLES
The House of the Seven Gables will commemorate Salem Women’s History Day with a special women’s history tour and two lectures.Space is limited for all events and registration is suggested.
12:30 – 1:15 pm: Women’s History Tour of The Gables—Free for Salem residents and members; Regular admission applies to all others.
1:30 – 2:30 pm: The Hidden Domestic Lives of Puritan Women: When you read the spiritual narratives of 17th-century Puritan women, it’s remarkable to realize that they are very like men’s narratives: completely focused on the search for grace. Women’s narratives mention family as rarely and perfunctorily as men’s narratives do. These were women raising children and creating homesteads in new colonial settlements, where the domestic labor was unceasing. How did these women live both as independent spiritual seekers–the first American individuals–and as wives and mothers? Free.
2:30 – 3:30 pm: Katharine Gibbs – Trailblazing Woman in Business: Katharine Gibbs secretarial schools provided educational opportunities for women beginning in the early twentieth century and helped to change the face of the American office. Learn about this fascinating woman and the changing roles of women and work. Free.
3:30 – 3:45 pm: Women’s History Tour of The Gables—Free for Salem residents and members; Regular admission applies to all others.
All events are available on a first come, first served basis. Registration is not required.
House of Seven Gables 115 Derby Street, Salem MA 01970
Let’s keep the Gibbs story alive.
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STAND ABOVE THE CROWD! EXCELLENCE IN ALL YOU DO!
This tagline from a later Gibbs catalog sums up the institution.