Historical Carpentry with Mike Welch

Join educator Mike Welch on a fun and informative exploration of the tools and techniques of woodworking during the 18th century. Ongoing between 10:00-4:00. Included with paid admission to The House of the Seven Gables.

For questions or additional information contact Dan Marshall at dmarshall@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 101.

Historic New England Open House

Most Historic New England properties are open for free on the first Saturday in June. From Maine to Rhode Island, learn about the people who lived in stone-enders, urban mansions, rural estates, and working farms during free guided tours at Historic New England’s house museums.

Visit Salem’s Historic New England properties for free- the Gedney House at 21 High Street and the Phillips House at 34 Chestnut Street.

Finding & Sharing Local History

We are all stewards of history. Many of us have family treasures and heirlooms at home, but how can we best preserve and share them? Join Essex Heritage, the National Park Service, and the Salem Historical Commission for a free Preservation Month workshop with museum and archive professionals to learn how you can care for and share local history.

Speakers include:
Susan Edwards, University Archivist and Special
Collections Librarian, Salem State University
Emily Murphy, Curator, Salem Maritime and Saugus
Ironworks National Historic Sites
Alyssa Conary, Operations Manager, Historic Salem
Anya Wilczynski, Program Manager, Essex Heritage
Amy Kellett, DIY Archives Project
Jen Ratliff, Trustee, Salem Historical Society

For more information, contact Anya Wilczynski, Manager of Membership & Programs, Essex Heritage, (978) 740-0444, anyaw@essexheritage.org

Sophia Peabody Hawthorne: Citizen of the World

Sophia Peabody Hawthorne moved beyond her 19th century New England roots to become an intrepid traveler and an expatriate. Her capacity to appreciate foreign cultures and her decision to leave her native land forever are topics that raise a question with contemporary relevance:  What exactly does it mean to be an American?

This is a special lecture with Patricia Dunlavy Valenti at The House of the Seven Gables. A book signing in our Museum Store will follow the lecture.

Members: FREE

Non-Members: $10.00

To reserve your spot for this lecture please click here; dmarshall@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 101.

Planning the Future: Salem Maritime Cultural Landscape Report

Salem Maritime National Historic Site hosts a presentation to announce the publication of the park’s new Cultural Landscape Report in the second floor room of St. Joseph Hall, 160 Derby Street in Salem. A Cultural Landscape Report is a National Park Service planning document that informs treatment and long-term management decisions related to the park’s cultural landscape.

This is an opportunity to hear about the future treatment options for the park from the authors of the report. Prior to the 6:00 presentation, visitors are invited to an informal walking tour of the site to discuss the cultural landscape and treatment proposals. The walking tour will leave from in front of the Custom House at 5:00.

Gypsy Walk Charity Tour

In honor of Black Cat Tours‘ namesake, we are running our fourth annual charity tour weekend in memory of Gypsy, our dearly departed feline friend and inspiration. 100% of proceeds from tickets sold for these tours go to a different feline charity every year. This year we are supporting Il Gattaro d’Aleppo, a cat sanctuary in the heart of war torn Syria. To learn more about what they do, visit Alaa and house of Cats Ernesto in Aleppo

This is our historic day tour with some fascinating extra stories about the roles cats have played in the most important moments of Salem’s history. Please join us!

Colonial Kids Art and Crafts Night

One of the most famous myths surrounding early Puritan settlers is that they forbid pastimes like music, dancing, games and leisure activities. While Puritans had a strict, hardworking lifestyle they did believe there was a time and place for fun pastimes. Join the Salem Witch Museum for a special night of Puritan and Colonial crafts and games, as we explore some of the activities enjoyed by children living in early America. We invite kids of all ages to come and learn how to make a corn husk doll, create your own handheld loom, play old fashioned New England games and listen to some captivating stories! If you are interested in Puritan and early American history, or you just want to make a fun craft, this is an event for you!

Layers of Paint, Layers of History

Christine Thompson is a local conservator whose specialty is paint analysis. Ms. Thompson will talk about the importance and techniques of paint analysis and share her 2016 research findings from The House of the Seven Gables. This scientific technique is used in historic buildings to help with restoration work and to better share historical information with staff and visitors alike. In 2018, The Gables celebrates its 350th anniversary and this talk is complementary to the exhibit “These Walls Do Talk.”

Learn more at ArtWeekMA.org

Salem Food Tour: Wine And Cheese Stroll at the Phillips House

Salem Food Tours are guided food and cultural walking tours of historic Salem, Massachusetts. Taste cheese, wine, sweets, and spices along a one-mile route as you take in the beauty of Salem from the historic McIntire District to the waterfront area. Learn about Salem’s illustrious spice trade history, as well as modern Salem’s thriving cultural and culinary scene. Proceeds from the tour support preservation of Salem’s Historic New England sites.

$40 Historic New England members
$50 nonmembers

Advance tickets required. Please call 978-744-0440 or buy online.

Meet the Past: Caroline Emmerton’s Gables Tour

The House of the Seven Gables was preserved and opened as a museum in 1910 by Caroline Emmerton. Miss Emmerton used proceeds from visitors to fund a settlement house that offered educational opportunities for newly arriving immigrant families. Join one of our professional guides AND Miss Emmerton (on her birthday!) for an interactive tour of The Gables and learn about why she was inspired by Hawthorne’s works to preserve the mansion.

There will be two tours: 10:30 – 11:30 A.M. and 12:00 – 1:00 P.M. The cost for the general public is $15. The cost for members of The Gables is $10.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

For more information about this event, email jarrison@7gables.org or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

April Vacation: Living History Lab at the Gables

Try your hand at history! The Living History Lab hands-on history program at The House of the Seven Gables allows the young and young-at-heart to learn about history through a unique set of experiments.

Living History Labs take place daily through April Vacation week. Activities and location vary daily. This is included with your regular admission to The Gables. Click here for rates, hours, and information.

Admission is free for Salem residents and members of The Gables.