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'Downton Abbey' inspiration focus of library presentation

Published: Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 3:49 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 11:35 p.m. CDT

McHENRY – The kitchen maid whose memoirs inspired the TV series, "Downton Abbey" and "Upstairs Downstairs," will be visiting the McHenry Public Library through the performance of Leslie Goddard this month.

Goddard, a Chicago area actress and lecturer, will portray Margaret Powell, a kitchen maid and cook who worked in several English homes during the 1920s and wrote about her experiences in her 1968 bestselling memoir, "Below Stairs."

The event will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16.

The library will also host a presentation by Michael Fosberg, whose book, "Incognito the Play," follows the revelations he makes about his family's past, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9.

Fosberg grew up in a working-class family raised by his biological mother and adoptive father, but his parents' divorce set off "a series of discoveries that shook his foundation and forced him to take a closer look at the person he thought he was," according to a library news release.

Both programs are free and are for ages 18 and up.

For more information or to register, go to call the library at 815-385-0036, or stop by the library, 809 N. Front St.

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