“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.

Bound for Gold: New Englanders Head for Adventure in 1849

Historical novelist William Martin’s next book, The Mother Lode, is due out in the fall of 2017. This work continues his lifelong epic of American history with the further adventures of Boston rare-book dealer Peter Fallon and his girlfriend, Evangeline Carrington. This time, they are headed to California, where their search for a lost journal takes them into the history of the Gold Rush and gets them into plenty of trouble, too. The journal follows a group of young men who journey by sea from staid Boston to wild San Francisco, then travel up into the gold country, where they confront greed, racism, and themselves in an epic tale of adventure. Join the author for the final lecture in the Seven Lectures at Seven Gables and learn about his research and writing process. A book signing will follow the lecture.

William Martin is the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of ten novels, a PBS documentary, book reviews, magazine articles, and a cult-classic horror movie, too. His first Peter Fallon novel, Back Bay, established him as “a master storyteller.” He has been following the lives of the great and anonymous in American history ever since and has taken readers from the Pilgrims to 9/​11. He was the 2005 recipient of the prestigious New England Book Award, given to an author “whose body of work stands as a significant contribution to the culture of the region.” In 2015, the USS CONSTITUTION Museum gave him the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for “patriotic pride, artful scholarship, and an eclectic interest in the sea and things maritime.” He lives near Boston with his wife and has three grown children.

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.

Edgar Allan Poe Readings

Visit Remix Church for readings of Edgar Allen Poe’s works, presented by Scarlet Letter Press.

Edgar Allan Poe Readings

Visit Remix Church for readings of Edgar Allen Poe’s works, presented by Scarlet Letter Press.

Salem Haunted Happenings 2017

A festive celebration of Halloween and fall in New England, more than 250,000 people come to Salem Haunted Happenings each year.  Events include a Grand Parade, the Haunted Biz Baz Street Fair, Family Film Nights on Salem Common, costume balls, ghost tours, haunted houses, live music, and chilling theatrical presentations. An ABA Top 100 Event.

For more information on visiting Salem in October, visit HauntedHappenings.org.

Slavery in the Sources: Exploring Primary Source Documents at The Gables

One of the best ways scholars have of understanding history is by looking at documents from the era they’re researching. This primary source material transforms abstract knowledge, bringing it to life in ways that columns of data or pages from a history book cannot.

During this event, educators from Salem State University’s History Department will present a special workshop to complement The House of the Seven Gables’ exhibition, “Life and Labor Over Four Centuries.” Workshop participants will examine several kinds of primary resources related to slavery. Bethany Jay, co-editor of “Understanding and Teaching American Slavery,” archivists/educators Andrea Cronin and Zoe Quinn, and museum educator Lindsay Randall will take those in attendance through the materials and explain how these documents add to our understanding of institutionalized slavery.

This workshop is free and open to the public. It takes place on September 27, 6:30 p.m., at The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street, Salem, Massachusetts. Limited parking is available. Those interested may make a reservation online, email groups@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991, ext. 152.

Brunonia Barry Paperback Launch

Celebrate the paperback launch of THE FIFTH PETAL hosted by publisher Broadway Books of the Crown Publishing Group, and meet author Brunonia Barry. Event takes place at 7:00 pm at the Hawthorne Hotel.

“Could a witch hunt happen again in Salem?” This is the question that haunts the people of Salem, Massachusetts, in Brunonia Barry’s spellbinding, masterful suspense novel, THE FIFTH PETAL (Broadway Books; September 26, 2017), a tale of otherworldly powers, ancient myths, and a gruesome triple homicide, now available in paperback. Over a decade after her New York Times bestselling debut novel THE LACE READER became an international sensation, Barry revisits contemporary Salem, where the dark history of the paranormal continues to reverberate in the lives of the Whitney family and their neighbors. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brunonia Barry is the international bestselling author of The Lace Reader, The Map of True Places, and her latest novel: The Fifth Petal. 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 Strand Invitational Fellowship as well as the winner of New England Book Festival’s award for Best Fiction. Her reviews and articles on writing have appeared in the London Times, the Washington Post, and the Huffington Post. Brunonia co-chairs the Salem Athenaeum’s Writers’ Committee. She lives in Salem with her husband Gary Ward and their dog, Angel. Gary and Bru are the organizers of the Salem Literary Festival.

America’s Cup- “Trials, Tribulations and Lessons”

Visit the Hawthorne Hotel during Sail Salem’s annual fundraising event. JB Braun, designer for team BMW Oracle, and Gary Jobson, TV sailing commentator and author, will discuss this year’s America’s Cup-“Trials, Tribulations, and Lessons”. See dramatic footage from the race and participate in a lively question and answer session. Cash bar and Hors d’oeuvres.

 

Sail Salem is a charitable organization providing local youth a fun, safe and positive learning experience through the sport of sailing. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased at the door or through www.sailsalem.org. Limited seating so advance ticket purchase suggested!

Pickerings, Pirates & Physicians: Secrets of an Old Salem Cemetery

An important and visible part of Salem for 350 years, the quaint and historic Broad Street Cemetery across from Salem’s Pickering House has been overlooked by many and contains many “history mysteries.” Historian John Goff will look anew at this city resource and showcase some of the important early Salem citizens who now reside there. After the lecture, we’ll walk over to the site to look at some fine examples of 17th – 19th-century hand-carved gravestones.

Reservations required. Please RSVP at pickeringhouse1@gmail.com.

Elderflower Physick

Visit the Witch House to see the newest exhibit on elderflower remedies including tea, syrup, cordial and balm all featuring the flower that in Lady Montague’s 18th-century letters of the “language of flowers” signifies compassion and empathy.

What’s Behind Those English Gothic Walls?

Designed by church member Francis Peabody and Boston architect Gridley J.F. Bryant, First Church is a magnificent meeting house dating back to 1836. It was transformed in the 1870s to reflect Victorian taste: lofty ceilings, carved mahogany furnishings, and dark red fabrics. Other features include stained glass windows by Tiffany and La Farge, the “Hawthorne Pew” (named for Nathaniel Hawthorne), and historical plaques tracing church history from 1629 Puritanism to 2017 Unitarian Universalism. Members were victims of the Witch Trials, abolitionists, suffragists, philanthropists, and Transcendentalists. One minister, Rev. Thomas Barnard Jr., famously persuaded the British to leave Salem in peace on February 26, 1775.

The McIntire District in the 17th Century

At 12:45 PM, Salem Food Tours will present fresh spices and sweeteners used in early Colonial cooking. Lecture at 1 PM.
Hamilton Hall in Salem is widely recognized as one of the most important Federal buildings in America. It was designed in 1805 by the famous architect and master woodcarver, Samuel McIntire, and has been in use as an assembly hall for cultural and social events for over two hundred years. Long before Samuel McIntire was born, the area which is today the McIntire District was the fringe of downtown Salem, the area between the populous Salem Town and the Common Pasture and Salem Village beyond. Who lived in this part of town and what did the landscape look like? What traces remain in the McIntire District today of this early era of Salem’s history? This lecture will briefly examine patterns of land-use in Salem, some of the personalities of the district such as the angry Quaker Matthew Maule, and the Broad Street Cemetery, the Friends Cemetery, Hamilton Hall and the Pickering House.

Special Instructions:

There is limited on-street parking near the Hall. Central parking is located in the center of downtown Salem, just a few minutes walk to Hamilton Hall.

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