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History Talks at Salem Maritime National Historic Site

History Lecture Series at Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Salem Maritime National Historic Site and the History Department at Salem State University will co-host two separate history talks on Thursday, February 6 and Thursday, March 27, at the Salem Visitor Center (2 New Liberty Street) from 7:30pm-9:00pm. Both talks are free and open to the public. Doors open at 7:00pm.

The first speaker, on Thursday, February 6, is Lincoln Paine, author of five books and more than fifty articles, reviews, and lectures on maritime history. His most recent work published in 2013, The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World, is a retelling of world history through the lens of maritime enterprise.  The area of today’s Salem has always been connected to the larger maritime world, from early Native American travel and trade, to European settlement, shipbuilding, international trade and even present-day pleasure boating.  Mr. Paine offers a look at how goods, languages, religions, and entire cultures spread across and along the world’s waterways.  A limited number of copies of The Sea and Civilization will be available for sale at the event and may be signed by the author.

The second speaker on Thursday, March 27 is Jacob Remes, assistant professor of public affairs and history at SUNY Empire State College, in the Brooklyn Unit of the Metropolitan Center. Currently, he is the William Lyon Mackenzie King Research Fellow at Harvard University.  Professor Remes studies working-class and labor history with a focus on urban disasters, working-class organizations, and migration.  His history talk, “Life and Labor in the Aftermath of the Great Salem Fire,” draws from his dissertation examining the overlapping responses to the Salem, Mass., Fire of 1914 and the Halifax, N.S., Explosion of 1917. Jacob Remes upcoming book, Disaster Citizenship, based on his dissertation, will be published in 2015.  

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Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the PEM

Join the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) on Saturday, February 1 to celebrate the Lunar New Year and mark the beginning of the Year of the Horse. Enjoy a full day of festivities including  traditional lion dances, a film set in Boston's Chinatown, sword play, traditional crafts and more!

Click here for the complete schedule. 

All programs FREE with museum admission. For reservations, please call: 978-745-9500 x3011

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