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Gadgets and Gizmos at the Phillips House

Phillips House kitchen

What are those odd-looking gadgets in the kitchen? Who made them? How do you use them? Learn how these tools made kitchen work easier for the domestic staff at Phillips House. This special tour is part of Historic New England’s “Everybody’s History” programming which looks at daily life, work, and heritage around New England.

Gadgets and Gizmos will be taking place on Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at the Phillips House, located at 34 Chestnut Street. The cost is $15.00 for the public and $10.00 for Historic New England members. Advance registration is suggested due to limited space. Please call 978-744-0440 or visit for more information.

Posted by Kate on 01/04 at 08:00 AM Permalink

Phillips Favorites: Rediscover the stories of 34 Chestnut Street this winter

Stephen Phillips of Phillips House in Salem, Massachusetts, c. 1940

The Phillips House Museum invites visitors to rediscover the stories of the Phillips House during the winter season with the Phillips Favorites series. The tours, programs, and movies are staff picks that highlight what life was like on Chestnut Street in the early twentieth century and go beyond the regular house tour to share an even better story. The programs will take place on Saturdays from 2:00 - 3:00 PM beginning January 18 and concluding on February 22, 2014. 

January 18 . . . The series kicks off with the popular Winter Weekends program, featuring hot cocoa, cookies, and home movies showing the family enjoying ice skating, skiing, tobogganing, and other favorite winter fun. 

January 25 . . . The second Saturday will feature a Winter Wonderland walking tour of historic Chestnut Street. 

February 1 . . . Take a weekend getaway for the first weekend in February with the Travel and the Phillips Family program which tells the story of family travel through photos, journals, and home movies. 

February 8 . . . The Salem-So-Sweet weekend will feature a talk based on Love Letters of the Phillips Family and will look at romance and courtship through the generations. 

February 15 . . . The Phillips’ were lovers of games and February 15 will feature an afternoon of parlor games. 

February 22 . . . The series will end with Celebrations in Salem and spring will be welcomed with home movies that feature local parades, parties, and the famed Chestnut Street Days. 

Interested visitors can come for one or two programs or purchase a series that will allow them admission each weekend for the events. The general public is invited to join the series for $50 or come to individual events for $10 each. Historic New England members will be offered a steep discount for $20 for the series or $5 for individual events. 

For more information about the series, please call 978-744-0440 or visit

Posted by Kate on 01/03 at 08:15 AM Permalink