Deliver Us from Evil: Counter-magic in Early New England

Emerson W. Baker of the Salem State University History Department will talk about why folk magic was far more common in colonial New England than most of us realize.  Daisy wheel marks, witch bottles, well-worn shoes by fireplaces or a horseshoe over a doorway are examples of the counter-magic employed to protect homes and families from evil. They are also evidence that New Englanders dabbled in magic, and feared witches and supernatural forces long after the Salem witch trials ended.

The lecture will be followed by a book signing with Dr. Baker and his work, A Storm of Witchcraft.

This lecture is $10.00 for the general public and free for members of The Gables. Advance tickets will go on sale for this lecture mid-July, 2018.

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

Emerson “Tad” Baker is interim dean of Graduate and Professional Studies and a professor of History at Salem State University.  He is the award-winning author of many works on the history of and archaeology of early New England, including A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience. He has served as an advisor for PBS-TV’s American Experience and Colonial House. Baker is a member of the Gallows Hill Project team who recently confirmed the witch trials execution site, and he has co-authored an iPhone app on the witchcraft crisis.

“These Walls Do Talk” Exhibit Opening at the Gables

Join us for the opening of our annual exhibit, These Walls Do Talk. The 2018 exhibit shares the science and history about how we know what we know about the 350-year-old Turner-Ingersoll Mansion including analysis of paint, wallpaper, and architecture and primary source documents such as deeds and drawings.

The exhibit opening is an open house event. Join us to raise a glass in celebration of the 350th anniversary of The House of the Seven Gables.

This event is free and open to the public. Click here to RSVP.

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

Women’s History Day at the Gables

The House of the Seven Gables will commemorate Salem Women’s History Day with a special women’s history tour and two lectures focusing on the role of women in preservation.

All events are free for members and Salem residents. Regular admission for the general public includes a tour and admission to both lectures. Space is limited for all events. Click here to register. For more information email jarrison@7Gables.org or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Women’s history focused tour of The Gables

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. “My Patriotic Duty” – Women and the Preservation of Old South Meeting House Boston

When Boston’s iconic Old South Meeting House was threatened with imminent demolition in 1876, public outrage ensued. A group of Boston area women, led by philanthropist Mary        Hemenway, became the driving force behind the building’s successful preservation. The “20 women of Boston,” as this group came to be known, organized fundraisers to secure a mortgage and then ensure the building’s ongoing preservation and future security. Women involved with ongoing preservation efforts in the 1870s-1880s included author Louisa May Alcott, and even Mary Tyler of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” fame. Erica Lindamood, director of education at Old South Meeting House, will share highlights from this colorful historic preservation success story, and consider Hemenway’s claim that her advocacy for the building was her “patriotic duty” in light of 19th-century politics and social history.

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. The Tireless Traditionalist: Mary Harrod Northend and “Old Salem”, 1904-1926.

One of Salem’s most entrepreneurial representatives of the Colonial Revival movement was Salem-born author and entrepreneur Mary Harrod Northend (1850-1926), who wrote 11 books and countless magazine articles from 1904 until her accidental death in 1926, advancing an earnest and idealistic vision of New England in general, and “Old Salem” in particular, as style sources for the present and future.

3:00 – 3:45 Women’s history focused tour of The Gables

Events will be ongoing at the Witch House and the Phillips House Museum. Please visit their websites for details. 

Book Panel with the Authors of Images of America: The House of the Seven Gables

Join Ryan Conary, David Moffat, and Everett Philbrook for an in-depth conversation about their findings while writing Images of America: The House of the Seven Gables. Learn about the new information this team of authors discovered about the history of the house as well as the secret stories behind some of the rare photographs featured in the book. Copies of the book will be available in the Museum Store before and after the lecture.

Members: Free

Non-Members: $10.00

To reserve your spot for this panel please click here ; email groups email groups@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

Dearest Dove: The Love Letters of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne

Salem’s So Sweet weekend is all about the love, wine, and chocolate. Karen Nascembeni of the North Shore Music Theatre and Dana Hersey of North Shore 104.9 will be joined by local playwright Anne Lucas for a unique reading of the love letters of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne. A wine and chocolate reception before the reception is included.

Advance tickets will go on sale in mid-November for this event at 7Gables.org.

Advance Tickets:
Members: $12.50
Creative Salem Members: $15.00
Non-Members: $20.00

Walk-in Tickets: $25.00

For more information, call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

The House of the Seven Gables: A Staged Reading

Kick off the 350th anniversary of The House of the Seven Gables with a unique staged reading experience of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s famed novel. Watch the characters come to life and explore themes of greed and guilt in Puritan New England.

This production was written by local playwright Jack Dacey and will be produced by John Fogle.

Advance Tickets will be available mid-November 2017 at 7Gables.org.

Advance Tickets:
Members: $12.50
Creative Salem Members: $15.00
Non-Members: $17.00

Walk-in Tickets: $20.00

Click here to learn more about JF Dacey

The House of the Seven Gables: A Staged Reading

Kick off the 350th anniversary of The House of the Seven Gables with a unique staged reading experience of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s famed novel. Watch the characters come to life and explore themes of greed and guilt in Puritan New England.

This production was written by local playwright Jack Dacey and will be produced by John Fogle.

Advance Tickets will be available mid-November 2017 at 7Gables.org.

Advance Tickets:
Members: $12.50
Creative Salem Members: $15.00
Non-Members: $17.00

Walk-in Tickets: $20.00

Click here to learn more about JF Dacey

The House of the Seven Gables: A Staged Reading

Kick off the 350th anniversary of The House of the Seven Gables with a unique staged reading experience of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s famed novel. Watch the characters come to life and explore themes of greed and guilt in Puritan New England.

This production was written by local playwright Jack Dacey and will be produced by John Fogle.

Advance Tickets will be available mid-November 2017 at 7Gables.org.

Advance Tickets:
Members: $12.50
Creative Salem Members: $15.00
Non-Members: $17.00

Walk-in Tickets: $20.00

Click here to learn more about JF Dacey

Behind the Devil’s Shield: Counter-Magic in Early New England

Early New England ministers took a hard line against the practice of magic. All magic, whether harmful or beneficial in intention, was believed to be demonic. The archaeological, architectural, and documentary records show us that things weren’t so black and white for their congregations. This lecture will explore evidence for the practice of protective counter-magic in seventeenth and eighteenth-century New England, including witch bottles, deliberate concealments, and ritual marks on historic timber, a few right here in Salem, Massachusetts!

“Walking Salem” with Jim McAllister

On Wednesday, November 29 and Thursday, November 30, Jim McAllister will “take the stage” at the Hawthorne Hotel to share experiences, observations, photographs, and anecdotes related to his successful “Walking Salem” project.

Last April, Jim set out on foot to explore the city he has called home for nearly 45 years. Armed with the latest Salem map, a broken-in pair of work boots, and an iPhone, he began walking the streets in his own neighborhood. His ambitious plan – to walk every public way in the City of Salem by December 1 – is now in its final days.

“The experience has been an eye-opener on many levels”, says McAllister. “I discovered neighborhoods I didn’t even know existed, and streets that are so new they aren’t even on the 2015 city engineering department map. I ran across hidden ponds,  remnants of a mid-20th-century Greek monastery, a handful of ‘little free libraries’, dozens of stunning homes and gardens, interesting signs, and countless subjects worth photographing.”

The Wednesday talk will be held at 5:30, the Thursday at 7:30.  Admission is $12, seating is limited. To make reservations contact Jim at culturecorner@gmail.com, or if needed, by text at 978.979.5907.

“Walking Salem” with Jim McAllister

On Wednesday, November 29 and Thursday, November 30, Jim McAllister will “take the stage” at the Hawthorne Hotel to share experiences, observations, photographs, and anecdotes related to his successful “Walking Salem” project.

Last April, Jim set out on foot to explore the city he has called home for nearly 45 years. Armed with the latest Salem map, a broken-in pair of work boots, and an iPhone, he began walking the streets in his own neighborhood. His ambitious plan – to walk every public way in the City of Salem by December 1 – is now in its final days.

“The experience has been an eye-opener on many levels”, says McAllister. “I discovered neighborhoods I didn’t even know existed, and streets that are so new they aren’t even on the 2015 city engineering department map. I ran across hidden ponds,  remnants of a mid-20th-century Greek monastery, a handful of ‘little free libraries’, dozens of stunning homes and gardens, interesting signs, and countless subjects worth photographing.”

The Wednesday talk will be held at 5:30, the Thursday at 7:30.  Admission is $12, seating is limited. To make reservations contact Jim at culturecorner@gmail.com, or if needed, by text at 978.979.5907.

“The Fifth Petal” at The House of the Seven Gables

Join Brunonia Barry for a talk about her latest work, The Fifth Petal, at The House of the Seven Gables over Thanksgiving weekend. Barry will talk about her newest book and the inspiration of living and working in Salem, Mass. Her newest work of fiction weaves a thriller with “ a complex brew of suspense, seduction and murder.” A book signing in the Museum Store will follow the lecture.

Brunonia Barry is the New York Times and international best-selling author of The Lace Reader and The Map of True Places. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She was the first American author to win the International Women’s Fiction Festival’s Baccante Award and was a past recipient of Ragdale Artists’ Colony’s Strnad Fellowship as well as the winner of New England Book Festival’s award for Best Fiction and Amazon’s Best of the Month. Her reviews and articles on writing have appeared in The London Times and The Washington Post. Brunonia co-chairs the Salem Athenaeum’s Writers’ Committee. She lives in Salem with her husband Gary Ward and their dog, Angel. Her new novel, The Fifth Petal was released by Penguin Random House/Crown in January 2017.

Members: Free

Non-Members: $7.00

To reserve your spot for this lecture please CLICK HERE. For more information, please email groups@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

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