What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stranger

Mrs. Astor’s Kitchen Catastrophe August 7, 2013

Filed under: I Meant Well — meganorussell @ 10:00 am
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When I was working at the mansion In Newport, Rhode Island doing living history, one of the positions that we could have on a given day was kitchen. Your job when you were on kitchen was to cook things of your choosing that smelled really nice all day and wait for a tour to come through to tell them about being a servant and about the really old gas stove. I knew how old it was then and all about the installation, but I forgot about that the day the contract ended. (more…)


Yiddish Yearnings May 18, 2013

Filed under: Hi-Ho the Glamorous Life — meganorussell @ 10:00 am
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Right after my husband and I graduated from college, we had the best job. We did living history tours at the Astor’s Beechwood Mansion in Newport, Rhode Island. It was amazing! We lived on the top floor of the mansion, worked eight hours a day, five days a week, got to do a murder mystery and a speakeasy with a live jazz band once a week, and the ocean was our back yard. Best gig ever. (more…)