Jan
13
6:00 PM18:00

Behind the Devil's Shield: Counter-Magic in Early New England

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Early New England ministers took a hard line against the practice of magic. All magic, whether harmful or beneficial in intention, was believed to be demonic. The archaeological, architectural, and documentary records show us that things weren't so black and white for their congregations. This lecture will explore evidence for the practice of protective counter-magic in seventeenth and eighteenth-century New England, including witch bottles, deliberate concealments, and ritual marks on historic timber, a few right here in Salem, Massachusetts! 

Alyssa G. A. Conary is a burgeoning historian & writer, a museum professional, and a candidate for the MA in History at Salem State University. In 2015, she co-founded the Salem Historical Society with a group of museum colleagues and is currently serving as the President of the organization's Board of Trustees. Alyssa's main areas of historical interest are witchcraft & apotropaia, medieval & early modern England, and colonial New England. She lives in Salem with her husband and their three cats and enjoys traveling and singing jazz.

$5
Free for Salem Historical Society members.

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Sep
24
12:45 PM12:45

Lecture: The McIntire District in the 17th Century

David Moffat has worked at The House of the Seven Gables since 2012 as a senior tour guide and lead researcher. In his work there, he has co-authored three exhibits and two exhibit companions.

He is a founding board member of The Salem Historical Society and their lead historian. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of The Essex Genealogist, a journal dedicated to the study of the genealogy of Essex County, Massachusetts and a board member of Historic Salem, Inc.

Free admission.

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Sep
23
1:00 PM13:00

The House of the Seven Gables: Gendering Work: Mills, Homes, & Everywhere in the Industrial Era

The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association was found 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 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 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 go to https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=7bfd5b1d0d5c4e2eac9b15bdf38cd988; email groups@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

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Sep
17
12:45 PM12:45

Lecture: The McIntire District in the 17th Century

David Moffat has worked at The House of the Seven Gables since 2012 as a senior tour guide and lead researcher. In his work there, he has co-authored three exhibits and two exhibit companions.

He is a founding board member of The Salem Historical Society and their lead historian. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of The Essex Genealogist, a journal dedicated to the study of the genealogy of Essex County, Massachusetts and a board member of Historic Salem, Inc.

Free admission.

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Sep
6
6:00 PM18:00

The House of the Seven Gables: Seven Lectures at Seven Gables

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.

Members of The Gables and Historic New England: Free

Non-Members: $7.00

To reserve your spot for this lecture please go here: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=bc3203f8e8c549f987e8021731db4a04

For more information please email groups@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

The House of the Seven Gables
115 Derby Street
Salem, MA  01970

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Aug
5
to Aug 6

29th Annual Salem Maritime Festival

29th Annual Salem Maritime Festival
10AM-4PM Saturday and Sunday
Salem Maritime National Historic Site on Derby Wharf – 173 Derby St.

The 29th Salem Maritime Festival will host an exciting array of FREE family fun festivities, including free harbor cruises, traditional craft demonstrations, and children's activities. Explore visiting vessels. Come cruise, sail, paddle, and row through four centuries of Salem maritime history. 

For more information log onto: www.nps.gov/sama/planyourvisit/maritimefestival.htm

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Aug
2
6:00 PM18:00

The House of the Seven Gables: Seven Lectures at Seven Gables

This Gallant Crew

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.

Gables Members: Free

Non-Members: $7.00
To reserve your spot for this lecture please click here: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=9307d00f1dea4e62bf1d82e9ca1b5de9. For more information, please email groups@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

The House of the Seven Gables
115 Derby Street
Salem, MA  01970

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Jul
19
12:00 PM12:00

City of Salem: Proctor's Ledge Memorial Dedication

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On July 19, 1692, the first of three mass executions took place at the site, when five innocent individuals were hanged: Sarah Good, Elizabeth Howe, Susannah Martin, Rebecca Nurse, and Sarah Wildes. The dedication ceremony on July 19 is free and open to all who wish to attend and pay their respects.

“Salem is constantly looking to the lessons of its past,” said Mayor Driscoll. “Whether it was through the formation of our No Place for Hate Committee and our landmark non-discrimination ordinance, or through the good work of the Salem Award Foundation, the lessons we learn from our history directly inform the actions we take today. Having this site memorialized, especially as we mark the 325th anniversary of that tragic event, presents an opportunity for us to come together as a community, recognize the injustice and tragedy perpetrated against those innocents in 1692, and recommit ourselves to the values of inclusivity and justice.”

The design and construction of the memorial, as well as improvements to the streetscape and the parcel itself, were funded primarily through a $174,000 Community Preservation Act grant, as well as dozens of small donations, many from descendants of those wrongfully executed at the site. The design of the memorial and landscaping plans for the site were developed by landscape architect Martha Lyon through a participatory public process and multiple meetings on site with abutters. The memorial plans call for a landscaped slope down from the ledge where the executions are believed to have taken place. At the base of the slope, on Pope Street, there will be a semi-circular area surrounded by a stone wall. Stones with the names of the nineteen individuals who were hanged near the site will be set into the wall and lit from the ground below with a single light on each name. While trees will be planted along the perimeter of the parcel itself, at the center of the memorial on Pope Street there will be a single oak tree, as a symbol of endurance and dignity.

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SSU: Salem's Trials: Lessons and Legacy of 1692
Jun
10
8:30 AM08:30

SSU: Salem's Trials: Lessons and Legacy of 1692

A Symposium in Recognition of the 325th Anniversary of the Salem Witch Trials

Presentations and panels on:

The Salem Witch Trials 101, The European Context for Salem 1692, Teaching the Trials, and The Making of Witch City.

Oral testimonies of victim descendants will be recorded.

Keynote address by Dr. Kenneth E. Foote, author of Shadowed Ground: America’s Landscapes of Violence and Tragedy.

Registration: $25 (includes lunch). Tickets here

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Witch House: Elderflower Physick: An Evening of Compassion
Jun
9
6:00 PM18:00

Witch House: Elderflower Physick: An Evening of Compassion

Elderflower Physick: An Evening of Compassion benefitting Safe Child Africa in their efforts to protect children accused of witchcraft. Teas, tinctures, infusions, cordials, confection remedies, recipes, samples and demonstrations will be shared. All featuring elderflower for its reputation as a symbol of compassion and empathy. Fireside tales of the elder tree's mysterious folklore to end the evening! Event is free though donations are encouraged. Space is limited.

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Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

The House of the Seven Gables: Seven Lectures at Seven Gables

Judge Ye Weather Or Noe I Hadent Ort To Be Set At Liberty

Jeanne Pickering, a Master’s student at Salem State University, will review how slavery's gradual ending in revolutionary Massachusetts began with lawsuits for freedom filed by enslaved people in Essex County prior to the War. As Patriots agitated for their liberty from British Imperial rule, enslaved laborers argued to protect themselves and their families from the disruption of enslavement.

Jeanne Pickering is a graduate student in history at Salem State University, finishing her Masters thesis on the Essex County freedom suits. Her research interests are the social and cultural aspects of colonial slavery in rural Massachusetts concentrating on the North Shore. She regularly speaks on slavery in Essex County to local history groups and runs a website on Essex County slavery at NorthShoreSlavery.org.

Gables Members: Free

Non-Members: $7.00

To reserve your spot for this lecture please visit 7gables.org, or email jarrison@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

The House of the Seven Gables
115 Derby Street
Salem, MA  01970

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May
11
6:00 PM18:00

The House of the Seven Gables: Seven Lectures at Seven Gables

New England Bound

Dr. Wendy Warren of Princeton University will be presenting about her book, New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America. Her work explores the experience of chattel bondage in seventeenth-century New England, illuminating the deadly symbiosis between slavery and colonization in the Atlantic World. A book signing will follow the lecture in our Museum Store

Gables Members: Free

Non-Members: $7.00

To reserve your spot for this lecture please click here https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=ca63be69b7bd4a23ae9b4e657b0e8fb4, or email groups@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

The House of the Seven Gables
115 Derby Street
Salem, MA  01970

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The House of the Seven Gables: I Am Joan Sullivan: A Theatrical Experience
May
5
to May 7

The House of the Seven Gables: I Am Joan Sullivan: A Theatrical Experience

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In I Am Joan Sullivan, meet the former Irish Catholic indentured servant of merchant John Turner, who built The House of the Seven Gables in 1668, and her new master, turbulent Quaker merchant Thomas Maule, as she sues for her freedom from his alleged abuse. Explore the trials of a young immigrant woman with little to no agency in America where she was considered a second class citizen because of her ethnicity, gender, and faith, long before the immigrant struggle of the 19th and 20th centuries that inspired our founder, Caroline Emmerton, in her original settlement mission.

On Friday and Saturday night a cash bar will be available


Advance tickets: Gables members: $10.00; non-members: $15.00
Day-of tickets: Gables members: $12.00; non-members: $17.00

Advance ticket purchases are strongly suggested. Visit http://houseofsevengables.tamretail.net/Events.aspx to purchase

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Apr
30
3:00 PM15:00

Pickering House: Fireside Chat

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John Goff: Secrets of an Old Salem Cemetery

3:00pm
The Pickering House
18 Broad Street
Salem, MA  01970

$5 Pickering Foundation members, $10 non-members

Reservations are required. Please contact pickeringhouse1@gmail.com to confirm your spot. 

The Pickering Foundation cultivates an appreciation of one family’s role in the American experience, which is manifested in the preservation of the historic home for the enrichment and enjoyment of the community. The Pickering House is open to the public on Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm from June through November. For more information, visit www.thepickeringhouse.org.

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Apr
12
6:00 PM18:00

The House of the Seven Gables: Seven Lectures at Seven Gables

A World of Work: Daily Life & Labor in Seventeenth-Century Salem

Daily life in early colonial America was marked by hard labor for most. From shipwrights to fishermen to farmers, work meant survival. Everyone in the family had a job to fulfill. Join Emerson Baker, professor of history at Salem State University, to learn about life in the earliest days of colonial Salem.

Emerson “Tad” Baker is 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 Maine and 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. He regularly tweets on the Salem witch trials and early New England history at @EmersonWBaker.

Gables Members: Free

Non-Members: $7.00

To reserve your spot for this lecture please visit 7gables.org, or email jarrison@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

The House of the Seven Gables
115 Derby Street
Salem, MA  01970

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Apr
9
12:30 PM12:30

Pickering House: Second Sunday Chowder & Lecture

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Jim McAllister: Women Artists and Writers of the McIntire Historic District

12:30pm
The Pickering House
18 Broad Street
Salem, MA  01970

$5 Pickering Foundation members, $10 non-members

Reservations are required. Please contact pickeringhouse1@gmail.com to confirm your spot. 

The Pickering Foundation cultivates an appreciation of one family’s role in the American experience, which is manifested in the preservation of the historic home for the enrichment and enjoyment of the community. The Pickering House is open to the public on Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm from June through November. For more information, visit www.thepickeringhouse.org.

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Leslie's Retreat & Salem Resistance: The Salem Connection - J.L. Bell
Apr
7
7:00 PM19:00

Leslie's Retreat & Salem Resistance: The Salem Connection - J.L. Bell

As part of a citywide commemoration of Leslie's Retreat, J. L. Bell presents a lecture that connects the confrontation in Salem on February 26, 1775 (known as "Leslie's Retreat") to the first battle of the American Revolution starting at Concord on April 19, 1775.
 
J. L. Bell is the proprietor of boston1775.net, a popular website dedicated to the history of the American Revolution in New England. A Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society and American Antiquarian Society, he is author of the National Park Service's study of George Washington's work in Cambridge, and has delivered papers to the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Organization of American Historians, and historic sites around greater Boston. In May 2016, his first book, The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War was published as one of the first series of micro-histories published by the Journal of the American Revolution.  Bell is also one of the editors of Colonial Comics, a series that aims to entertain and educate about the 150 years of the American colonial era with stories about what life was like for not only the leaders but also Native Americans, women, free-thinkers, slaves and merchants.
 

$15; $10 Salem Athenaeum members; Free for students with ID.

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This program is part of Leslie's Retreat and Salem Resistance, a series of programs offered from February through April 2017.  For details about related lectures, walking tours, and the Resistance Ball, please see http://www.facebook.com/lesliesretreat.org/

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The House of the Seven Gables: Life & Labor Over Four Centuries at The Gables Exhibit Opening
Apr
7
5:30 PM17:30

The House of the Seven Gables: Life & Labor Over Four Centuries at The Gables Exhibit Opening

Be amongst the first to see the newest exhibit, Life and Labor over Four Centuries at The House of the Seven Gables. Join Gables staff and the exhibition committee to learn about the role of work on the National Historic Landmark District museum campus since 1668. Light refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available.

This event is free and open to the public. 

To reserve your spot for this event please click here: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=cf64b578a5914febb48fac1da5ddc9df

For more information email groups@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

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Leslie's Retreat & Salem Resistance: Prelude to Revolution, Peter Charles Hoffer
Mar
26
3:00 PM15:00

Leslie's Retreat & Salem Resistance: Prelude to Revolution, Peter Charles Hoffer

Why do we celebrate Lexington & Concord, and not Salem?
Peter Charles Hoffer, University of Georgia, will discuss his book, Prelude to Revolution, The Salem Gunpowder Raid of 1775 which takes a look at the importance of Leslie's Retreat in the American Revolution.

Hosted by The Pickering House

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Mar
26
12:15 PM12:15

The House of the Seven Gables: Salem Women's History Day

The House of the Seven Gables will commemorate Salem Women’s History Day with a special women’s history tour and two lectures with speakers from the Partnership of Historic Bostons. Space is limited for all events and registration is suggested.

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Women’s History Tour of The Gables—Free for Salem residents and Gables members; Regular admission applies to all others.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. The Hidden Domestic Lives of Puritan Women: When you read the spiritual narratives of 17th-century Puritan women, it’s remarkable to realize that they are very like men’s narratives: completely focused on the search for grace. Women’s narratives mention family as rarely and perfunctorily as men’s narratives do. These were women raising children and creating homesteads in new colonial settlements, where the domestic labor was unceasing. How did these women live both as independent spiritual seekers--the first American individuals--and as wives and mothers? Free.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Katharine Gibbs: Trailblazing Woman in Business: Katharine Gibbs’ secretarial schools provided educational opportunities for women beginning in the early twentieth century and helped to change the face of the American office. Learn about this fascinating woman and the changing roles of women and work. 

3:30 – 3:45 Women’s History Tour of The Gables—Free for Salem residents and Gables members; Regular admission applies to all others.

All events are available on a first come, first served basis. Registration is not required. For more information email groups@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

The House of the Seven Gables
115 Derby Street
Salem, MA  01970

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Mar
12
3:00 PM15:00

Pickering House: Fireside Chat

Professor Hale Bradt: Edward Charles Pickering, Pioneering Astronomer and Physicist

3:00pm
The Pickering House
18 Broad Street
Salem, MA  01970

$5 Pickering Foundation members, $10 non-members

Reservations are required. Please contact pickeringhouse1@gmail.com to confirm your spot.

The Pickering Foundation cultivates an appreciation of one family’s role in the American experience, which is manifested in the preservation of the historic home for the enrichment and enjoyment of the community. The Pickering House is open to the public on Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm from June through November. For more information, visit www.thepickeringhouse.org.

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Mar
2
6:00 PM18:00

The House of the Seven Gables: Seven Lectures at Seven Gables

Join The House of the Seven Gables for the kickoff lecture in the Seven Lectures at Seven Gables series. A.B. Chitty and Priscilla Murolo will present their books, From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend: A Short, Illustrated History of Labor in the United States. The book tackles the perception of “good jobs leaving the United States,” and the fact that many of these jobs weren’t good until they were union jobs. The work also looks at the connections between the American middle class and organized labor and their rise and fall together. A book signing will follow the presentation in the Museum Store.

Gables Members: Free
Non-Members: $7.00

To reserve your spot for this lecture email groups@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

The House of the Seven Gables
115 Derby Street
Salem, MA  01970

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Feb
26
10:00 AM10:00

The House of the Seven Gables: Welcome Home, Danvers!

New for 2017, The House of the Seven Gables will be welcoming members from our surrounding communities by offering free admission for a guided tour with valid i.d. Tour times vary throughout the day.

Danvers Residents with valid i.d.: Free

The House of the Seven Gables
115 Derby Street
Salem, MA  01970

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Feb
19
3:00 PM15:00

Pickering House: Fireside Chat

Walter Walker: Oscar Wilde in America

3:00pm
The Pickering House
18 Broad Street
Salem, MA  01970

$5 Pickering Foundation members, $10 non-members

Reservations are required. Please contact pickeringhouse1@gmail.com to confirm your spot. 

The Pickering Foundation cultivates an appreciation of one family’s role in the American experience, which is manifested in the preservation of the historic home for the enrichment and enjoyment of the community. The Pickering House is open to the public on Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm from June through November. For more information, visit www.thepickeringhouse.org.

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Salem's So Sweet- 18th-Century Foodways
Feb
11
1:00 PM13:00

Salem's So Sweet- 18th-Century Foodways

The Salem Historical Society is proud to announce an informal event to contribute to Salem's So Sweet Weekend!

Come chat with a colonial housewife about the herbs and spices she keeps for her household and what they're eating over the winter. She might even have some secret recipes and customs to share for St. Valentine's Day...

Join SHS Trustee Diana Dunlap at the Salem Witch House for a first person interpretation of 18th-century foodways.  

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