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.

Walking Tour of Useful Local Plants

Plants are so much more than pretty flowers or annoying weeds! Here on the North Shore, even in the city, we are surrounded by plants that provide food and medicine for us. Want to know what those plants are and which plants and weeds are good for food or medicine? Join local Foraging Instructor Iris Weaver as we walk around the grounds of the First Church and a few blocks of the McIntyre District to learn more about our local plants. Bring your camera or a notebook to record all the exciting things you will learn!
Capacity: 30, see website for more information. Please arrive promptly, as we will be walking around. We will meet on the front steps of the First Church.

The Remond Family, Salem’s Early Abolitionists

Join Francis Mayo for a talk and walking tour examining the history of the Remond Family who played a central role in the abolitionist movement. From Curacao, John settled in Salem in 1805 establishing several successful businesses at Hamilton Hall while raising 10 children. Sarah and Charles, became internationally known for their anti-slavery oratory, lecturing with William Lloyd Garrison. Starting at the Witch Trials Memorial, you will hear about the lives of this important family, walk to an underground railroad site, to the Salem Normal School on Broad Street, Remond’s home on Summer Street, view scholarly articles at the Salem Athenaeum and end at Hamilton Hall.
This 90-minute tour will be outside on city sidewalks. Capacity: 30, see website for more information.

Stroll with Nathaniel Bowditch

Journey back in time with a walking tour covering the life and activity of Nathaniel Bowditch, the father of navigation. Join Historic Salem on a stroll through Salem, stopping at several points of interest in Mr. Bowditch’s lifetime, and connecting it back to modern day Salem.

Tour will begin at 11:00 a.m sharp but will not depart 9 North Street until 11:10 a.m. Capacity: 25, see website for more information.

Meanings of Freedom

Join us for a special program resulting from recent research on black history at Salem Maritime National Historic Site. Like many wealthy Salem families, the Derby family owned slaves. We will discuss the black experience of living in Salem both before and after Massachusetts’ legal end of slavery in 1783, as well as Salem’s links to the institution of slavery at large. Participants walk to relevant sites and examine documents to learn about enslaved, free, and freed Blacks in 18th and early 19th century Salem.

Gendering Work: Mills, Homes, and Everywhere Else in the Industrial Era

The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association was founded to preserve the famed Turner-Ingersoll Mansion and to provide support services for newly arriving immigrants in 1910. Salem’s Point Neighborhood has long been one of the enclaves for immigrant families. Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello will offer a walking tour of the Point neighborhood focusing on the work in the mills, small neighborhood business, and homes, with a particular focus on the sites of women’s work. What has made this neighborhood function through the years? Join us to find out.

This program will be offered for free as part of Essex National Heritage Area’s Trails and Sails events. Space is limited and registration is required.

The walking tour will last 60 – 90 minutes depending on crowd size.

Please note: This event meets at Lafayette Park on the corners of Washington and Lafayette Streets in Salem. Information about parking can be found at www.salem.com.

To reserve your spot for this walking tour please CLICK HERE; email groups@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

North River Walk & Talk—Ecology, History and the Future

Once called the Blue Danube of Salem, the ecologically important tidal North River provides the largest source of fresh water to Salem Sound. Originally lovely and wide, flowing through forests and meadows, the river was transformed by both the industrial revolution and urban development. Polluting tanneries lined the banks. The railroad came along and narrowed the banks with fill. Land pressures from urban development brought more fill and channelization of the river. Today, flooding and sea level rise pose new challenges.
As we walk, we’ll look at the river in a historical context–showing how and where the river changed over time, how and why decisions were made affecting the river (which thankfully no longer stinks to high heaven or runs red or blue!) and efforts to turn this impaired waterway back into a thriving ecosystem. We’ll look at amazing photographs from the old days and learn how the revolutionary war almost started on the banks of the North River. We’ll visit newly created rain gardens that are helping protect the river for American eel and rainbow smelt. Bring your questions and stories. Participants should be able to walk approximately one mile.

The Middle Passage: Experiences of the Slave Ship

At least 18 Salem vessels are known to have left Salem with the purpose of transporting slaves from Africa to the American and Caribbean markets. Join us as for a special program which examines the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, New England’s role, and life aboard slave ships.

Guided Tour of “It’s Alive! Classic Sci-Fi and Horror Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection”

Enjoy a guided tour of this exhibition as part of Trails and Sails, an annual event to celebrate the region’s history, landscapes, and hidden gems over two weekends of free events.

Meet at information desk.
Reservations required.
Tickets available in the museum the day of the program.

Kirk Hammett, best known as the guitarist of the rock band Metallica, is also an avid collector of classic horror and sci-fi movie posters. This exhibition explores the interplay of creativity, emotion and popular culture through 135 works from 20th-century cinema, including posters by an international array of graphic designers, rare works by unidentified masters as well as related memorabilia such as electric guitars, lobby cards, film props and costumes.


Punto Urban Art Museum Tour

Tours will start on the hour, beginning at the North Shore Community Development Coalition offices at 96 Lafayette Street.

Our vision is to create a world class urban arts district in Salem’s Point Neighborhood, one that embraces its rich immigrant and architectural history and present a dynamic opportunity for the neighborhood’s future. The Punto Urban Art Museum has two primary goals: to create a beautiful, uplifting environment for Point residents, particularly for children to grow up in, and to break down the invisible divide between the Point and the rest of Salem by inviting visitors into the Point to experience world-class art first-hand.

Please join us for an informative walking tour around the Point Neighborhood to learn more about the Punto Urban Art Museum and the individual murals! This tour will take place on Peabody Street and Ward Street and will be roughly one hour long, so wear your walking shoes!

Special Instructions:
Please meet us outside our offices on Lafayette Street!
Reservation Information: RSVP to Abbie Allenson at abbie@northshorecdc.org

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.