“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.

“The Mother Lode” at The House of the Seven Gables

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.

Voices from the Back Stairs: Domestic Staff in New England

Although domestic servants made everyday life in grand homes possible, their identities and roles within the household have long been hidden. This lecture will illustrate the diversity of domestic service in New England over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by focusing on three Historic New England properties. Period domestic manuals, ephemera, and other general material will also bring the lives of servants and relationships with their employers to the foreground.

Dr. Jennifer Pustz is the former museum historian at Historic New England, where she conducted and coordinated social history research for the organization. She holds a Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Iowa and M.A. and B.A. degrees in art history. Prior to moving to New England, she was the historian at Brucemore, a National Trust Historic Site in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She is the author of Voices from the Back Stairs: Interpreting Servants’ Lives at Historic House Museums (Northern Illinois University Press, 2010) and a contributing author of Historic New England’s America’s Kitchens publication (2009). Pustz is currently pursuing an additional degree in nutrition science from Tufts University.

Members of The Gables and Historic New England: 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.

Images of America Book Launch at the House of the Seven Gables

Join us for the book launch event and celebration of the publication of Images of America: The House of the Seven Gables. The authors, Ryan Conary, David Moffat, and Everett Philbrook will share some of the highlights of their work in a short lecture. After the lecture, there will be a book signing, reception, and champagne toast in honor of the upcoming 350th anniversary of The House of the Seven Gables.

All proceeds from the sale of this book benefit The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association.

This event is free and open to the public. An RSVP is appreciated. (Click here to RSVP online). Questions? Email groups@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

Containers: From Summer to Fall Gardening Demonstration

Learn how a little pruning, transplanting and even adding edibles can give your planters a fresh new look for the fall season. Led by Robin Pydynkowski, head gardener of the Ropes Mansion Garden. The Ropes Mansion Botanical Lecture Fund makes this workshop possible.

Reservations (free) by August 22. Meet at Ropes Mansion, 318 Essex St.

“Entombed in Verse” Release & Live Readings at the Witch House

FunDead Publications is pleased to be releasing their very first poetry anthology, Entombed in Verse: An Epitaph for Salem. This beautiful collection of poems revolving around the subject of Salem history, myth, and legend, features pieces by over 30 writers, roughly half of which are local to MA! The Witch House partners with FunDead to host the event, which will include live readings of some of the poems featured in the collection. A limited number of copies of this amazing collection will be available for purchase at this event, come and grab one and get it signed while many of the writers are in one location! You can ensure your copy is waiting for you by pre-ordering online.

Readers will include:
Amber Newberry, Laurie Moran, Nancy Brewka-Clark, Cindy Veach, Philip Storey, Heather Wagner, J. H. Crone, Ariella Ruth, R.C. Mulhare, Hannah Jane Bones, Cynthia Morrison, Erin Crocker … and more!

“This Gallant Crew:” The Builders, Sailors, Marines, and Preservationists of USS Constitution, America’s Ship of State

For nearly 150 of her 220-year career, USS Constitution has called Boston her homeport.  From the building of the massive frigate in Boston’s North End, to manning the ship with sailors and Marines through “houses of rendezvous” in the city, to her repairs after battle at the Charlestown Navy Yard, the life of “Old Ironsides” has been inextricably entwined with Boston.  This illustrated presentation will review the building of Constitution, the service of U.S. Navy sailors and Marines in the War of 1812 when she battled the Royal Navy, the largest navy in the western world, and the tremendous skill and effort that it takes to preserve a national icon.

Margherita M. Desy is a curator and historian of New England maritime and early U.S. Navy histories and is employed by the Naval History & Heritage Command Detachment Boston as historian for USS Constitution.  Margherita has previously worked for Historic New England, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Hartford, and, for 20 years, at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut.  Margherita taught for fourteen years in the Museum Studies Program in Tufts University’s Graduate and Professional Studies Department.

Ms. Desy has a BA in History & Art History from the College of the Holy Cross, an MA in American Civilization from The George Washington University, and has studied at Sotheby’s Institute in London.  She has been published in scholarly and popular journals and has been script advisor and on-camera historian for several PBS television shows and documentaries broadcast in the U.S. and Europe.

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.

Summer Salon: Hannah Tinti

Salem native Hannah Tinti returns to delight us with a talk about her new book, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley at the Salem Athenaeum.

Books will be available for sale and signing. Event is free and open to the public.

“The Exonerated” with Anne Driscoll, Sunny Jacobs, and Peter Pringle

The Salem State Social Justice Institute Series concludes with a special screening of the acclaimed feature film The Exonerated, a dramatized telling of six people’s stories who were wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit, were sentenced to death row and were later exonerated. The screening will be followed by a public conversation between 2016 Salem Award recipient Anne Driscoll, Sunny Jacobs, an American woman and one of the real-life subjects of the film, and Sunny’s husband Peter Pringle, an Irishman, also exonerated from death row in Ireland. There will be a Q&A with the audience following the conversation. Please join us for this thought-provoking and inspiring evening.

Event takes place at the Salem Regional Visitor Center at 2 New Liberty Street. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the event begins at 6:30 pm. Free and open to the public.