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Hawthorne Hotel recognized as one of the best

Hawthorne Hotel lobby

The historic Hawthorne Hotel has been recognized as one of the best. During a ceremony on October 8, the Historic Hotels of America 2015 Awards of Excellence were announced. Historic Hotels of America Awards of Excellence recognize and celebrate the finest historic hotels and hoteliers across the nation, and the Hawthorne Hotel was recognized as "Best City Center Historic Hotel." Other nominees in the category included The Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, the Omni Parker House in Boston, and The Peabody Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee.  A complete list of nominees is below.

Congratulations to the Hawthorne Hotel on this fantastic honor and distinction!

You can find all of the categories and winners at

Hathorne Hotel

Best City Center Historic Hotel 2015 Nominees
• The Brown Hotel (1923) Louisville, Kentucky
• The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco (1907) San Francisco, California
• Hawthorne Hotel (1925) Salem, Massachusetts
• Haywood Park Hotel (1923) Asheville, North Carolina
• Hilton Milwaukee City Center (1928) Milwaukee, Wisconsin
• Hotel Boulderado (1909) Boulder, Colorado
• Hotel Brexton (1881) Baltimore, Maryland
• Hotel Monteleone (1886) New Orleans, Louisiana
• Lord Baltimore Hotel (1928) Baltimore, Maryland
• Omni Parker House, Boston (1855) Boston, Massachusetts
• Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh (1916) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
• Palmer House®, A Hilton Hotel (1871) Chicago, Illinois
• The Peabody Memphis (1869) Memphis, Tennessee
• The Plaza (1907) New York, New York
• Portland Regency Hotel & Spa (1895) Portland, Maine
• The Strater Hotel (1887) Durango, Colorado


About Historic Hotels of America™
Historic Hotels of America is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation® for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels. Historic Hotels of America was founded in 1989 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation with 32 charter members. Today, Historic Hotels of America has more than 260 historic hotels. These historic hotels have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Historic Hotels of America is comprised of mostly independently owned and operated properties. More than 30 of the world’s finest hospitality brands, chains, and collections are represented in Historic Hotels of America. To be nominated and selected for membership into this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and recognized as having historic significance. For more information, please visit

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Celebrate Small Worlds at PEM/PM

PEM PM Small Worlds

On Thursday, October 15, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) will be open late for its monthly evening party series from 6 to 9 pm.

Celebrate all things small in the world -- from tiny houses to micro-museums and mini-literature. The evening’s catalyst is PEM's new exhibition Sizing It Up: Scale in Nature and Art. Experience activities inspired by Alice in Wonderland and explore concepts of altering size and scale. With live music, cocktails and guest artists to immerse us in microscopic and macroscopic worlds, this is the smallest party with the biggest amount of fun.


6-9 pm

Art Making | Create Space . . . In the spirit of Alice in Wonderland, make bookmarks and notebooks using playing cards.

Binocular Challenge | Maker Lounge . . . Use reverse binoculars to make everything look tiny and try to walk a wiggly path.

Mµseum Pop-Up | Atrium . . . Enjoy a pop-up exhibition organized by Somerville’s micro museum.

Tilt-Shift Photography | Various Galleries . . . Try the tilt-shift photography station in the Atrium and then take your own photos using the Instagram filter. Tag @peabodyessex #PEMPM. While you’re at it, see if you can find our miniature friends lounging around the museum.

Little Library | Atrium . . . Learn about some of the miniature books and tiny prints in our collection with staff from PEM’s Phillips Library.


7 pm

Film | Morse Auditorium . . . Shrink down in size and join a screening of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.


7-8 pm

Tiny House Meet-Up | Maker Lounge . . . Join members of the Greater Boston Tiny House Enthusiasts Meet-Up group for a discussion about how they got involved in the growing movement.


7 and 8 pm

Artist Workshop | Create Space . . . Gloucester-based artist Ken Riaf helps bring our vivid memories to life in miniature form and offers some examples of his work with miniature vignettes. Bring small mementos to include. Each session has 15 spots available; first-come, first-served.


7:30 pm

Author Talk | Bartlett Gallery . . . Join exhibition artist and author Michael Paul Smith as he discusses his work re-creating miniature scenes, and shares inspiration and passages from his book Elgin Park: An Ideal American Town.


Sizing it Up at the PEM


The newest exhibition in PEM's Art & Nature Center explores the concept of scale – from the nano-sized to the galactic – challenging our perception of perspective, relative size and proportion. Featured works include miniatures, sculptures, photography and installations loaned from regional, national and international contemporary artists, as well as works from PEM's collection. Interactives enable audiences to experiment with visual scale and to explore the role scale plays in art and our perception of the world around us.

For more information on everything happening at the Peabody Essex Museum, visit

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