Famous First Lines

“Halfway down a by-street of one of our New England towns stands a rusty wooden house, with seven acutely peaked gables, facing towards various points of the compass, and a huge, clustered chimney in the midst.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne had hoped to finish The House of the Seven Gables by November, but, like many writers even today, finishing a novel on deadline can be difficult. The Witch City Writers challenges you to a speed writing event using the famous first line of Hawthorne’s novel as inspiration.

This event is $5.00 for the general public and free for members of The Gables and Witch City Writers.

Click here to reserve your spot for this workshop.  For more information email jarrison@7gables.org or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

Spirits of the Gables

Discover one of New England’s most iconic houses and enjoy this charming National Historic Landmark site in a unique and enchanting way during the month of October.  On select weekend nights in October, step into the world of Salem author Nathaniel Hawthorne as you experience two dramatic theatrical performances played out within houses connected directly to Hawthorne himself.

During Spirits of the Gables, get swept into Hawthorne’s tale of guilt, greed and revenge as the characters from The House of the Seven Gables (1851), come to life and recount their stories while you walk through the very house that inspired Hawthorne’s timeless novel.

Performances begin every five minutes in The House of the Seven Gables and last approximately 35 minutes. Last performance begins at closing.

Reservations highly recommended. Visit 7gables.org for information and tickets.

Living History Labs 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 on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. Activities and location vary daily.

All events are included with admission to museum. Admission is free for Salem residents and members of The Gables. The annual exhibit in the Visitor Center is free and open to the public. For rates, hours, and more details, please visit www.7Gables.org.

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.

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.

April Vacation Poetry Workshop for Kids

Celebrate Nathaniel Hawthorne and National Poetry Month! Join the Witch City Writers to dissect Hawthorne’s poem “The Ocean” and learn a bit about how to write a poem. Get inspired by the view of Salem Harbor from the House of the Seven Gables and then try your best to come up with a tongue-twisting, ocean-themed poem of your own.

This April Vacation event will also include and lesson about our local oceans with Greater Atlantic Region Fisheries educators from Gloucester.

Light snacks will be provided.

This event is $5/child or $10/family. The workshop is free for household members of The Gables and for members of the Witch City Writers.

Click here to reserve a place for your family.  For more information, email jarrison@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

Meet the Past: A Walk with Nathaniel Hawthorne

Join Nathaniel Hawthorne, as portrayed by historian Rob Velella, for a walk around Salem. Learn about the places where Hawthorne lived, worked, and raised his family. See the places that inspired some of his most famous works.

There will be two tours: 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. and 1:00 – 2:30 P.M. The cost for the general public is $15. The cost for members of The Gables is $10.

Advance tickets will be available in January 2018. For more information about this event, email jarrison@7gables.org or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

Slow Art Day: Artfully Mindful

Slow Art Day is an annual grassroots event with a simple mission: to help more people discover the joy of looking at art. This year the Peabody Essex Museum invites you to experience some of the treasures of its collection as never before, guided by meditation and yoga teacher Molly Williams. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.

Reservations by April 12, see website for details.

Children’s Storytime with PJ Library

Peabody Essex Museum

PJ Library sends free books that celebrate Jewish culture to families with children up to 8 years old. Stop by to hear readings of Watch the Stars Come Out by Riki Levinson, Feivel’s Flying Horses by Heidi Smith Hyde, and Castle on Hester Street by Linda Heller. Presented by the Lappin Foundation.

Location: Studio 2, Create Space at the Peabody Essex Museum.
All programs included with admission.

“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.

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