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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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!
Please meet us outside our offices on Lafayette Street!
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