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. 

A Celebration of Food at The House of the Seven Gables

How do you celebrate 350 years of history? With a Salem Food Tour, of course! Meet at The House of the Seven Gables for a 17th-century food demonstration. Continue down Derby Street and through historic Salem sampling delicious offerings around town while learning about the unique connections to spices, rum, trade, and more.

Proceeds from the tour will benefit preservation and education programs at The House of the Seven Gables.

To reserve your spot for this lecture ($60) please visit www.salemfoodtours.com/reservations and request March 18 in the online form. For questions please call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

The Irish Experience at the Phillips House

What did it take to keep Phillips House running smoothly? Get a glimpse of the daily duties and living quarters of the Phillips family’s Irish domestic staff at this well-appointed home. Hear the stories of cook Bridget Durkin, waitress Delia Cawley, and nursemaid Catherine Shaughnessy and see where they lived as it looked in 1919. Space is limited.

$15 Historic New England members
$20 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 978-744-0440 for more information or see website.

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.

The Irish Experience at the Phillips House

What did it take to keep Phillips House running smoothly? Get a glimpse of the daily duties and living quarters of the Phillips family’s Irish domestic staff at this well-appointed home. Hear the stories of cook Bridget Durkin, waitress Delia Cawley, and nursemaid Catherine Shaughnessy and see where they lived as it looked in 1919. Space is limited.

$15 Historic New England members
$20 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 978-744-0440 for more information or see website.

“The Post” Film Screening & Conversation

Join Voices Against Injustice (formerly the Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice) for a screening of “The Post” followed by a conversation with Charles Sennott, founder of the Ground Truth Project, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ben Bradlee, Jr. to discuss the role of the media today, “fake news,” and the relevance of events in The Post. Event takes place at the Warwick Theatre, 123 Pleasant Street in Marblehead, MA. Tickets ($100) available online. Reception to follow at Wicks Restaurant.

 

The Saga of Howard Blackburn & Other Tales

The story of the fabled Gloucester mariner and blizzard survivor, Howard Blackburn, is a tale of courage, determination and wit – and no one tells it better than Tony Toledo! The Beverly resident, a master storyteller, will also share his favorite ghost story, “The Bog”, and other entertaining tidbits in this one hour program.

Program is presented as part of Jim McAllister’s Wednesdays at the Hawthorne Series. $15, reservations recommended by emailing culturecorner@gmail.com or texting 978-979-5907.

Holy Toledo, It’s Tony Toledo Master Storyteller

Tony Toledo, award-winning storyteller from Beverly, Massachusetts, mesmerizes with his chilling account of Gloucester mariner Howard Blackburn’s tale of survival at sea; his favorite ghost story, “The Bog”; and other tidbits from his amazing repertoire.

Admission is $15. Reservations may be made by email (culturecorner@gmail.com) or text (at 978.979.5907).

Program attendees receive a 20% discount on appetizers, meals, and desserts (beverages excluded) in the Hawthorne Hotel’s Nathaniel’s Restaurant.

“Walking Salem” with Jim McAllister

Jim McAllister will “take the stage” at the Hawthorne Hotel to share for one last time to share experiences, observations, anecdotes, and more than 100 photographs 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, was completed on December 1.

Lecture admission is $12, seating is limited. To make reservations contact Jim at culturecorner@gmail.com, or if needed, by text at 978.979.5907.

Program attendees are eligible for a 20% discount on appetizers, meals, and desserts (beverages excluded) in the Hawthorne Hotel’s Nathaniel’s Restaurant which now features the same menu as the Hawthorne’s Tavern on the Green.

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.

Tickets 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.

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