Sophia Peabody Hawthorne
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s celebrated muse … and much more
SALEM — Sophia Peabody Hawthorne is popularly known for the loving and supportive relationship she had with her husband, Nathaniel Hawthorne. Sophia and Nathaniel’s love letters, beloved by romantics around the world, attest to an enduring passion between the two. But there is more.
Sophia, one of history’s most celebrated muses, was also one of its most fascinating. Historian Patricia Dunlavy Valenti — also Sophia’s biographer — appears at The House of the Seven Gables to present a highly anticipated lecture on Sophia on Friday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m.
Sophia broke with tradition. After her husband’s death, she strayed far beyond her 19th-century New England roots to become an intrepid traveler and an expatriate. Her capacity to appreciate foreign cultures and her decision to leave her native land permanently are topics that raise a question with contemporary relevance: What exactly does it mean to be an American?
The public is invited to this special evening. The event is free for members of The House of the Seven Gables and for educators registered for the concurrent three-day professional institute. General admission to the lecture is $10 and reservations are strongly recommended. To reserve a seat, visit www.7gables.org, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 978-744-0991, ext. 101.
Patricia Dunlavy Valenti will chat with guests and sign her books,Sophia Peabody Hawthorne, A Life, volumes I and II, following the lecture.
About The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association
The mission of The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association is to preserve The Gables’ National Historic Landmark and leverage its power as an icon of American culture to engage diverse audiences and provide education opportunities for the local immigrant community. For more information visit www.7gables.org.
In 2018, The House of the Seven Gables celebrates a singular milestone. Built 350 years ago, it is still a place where stories are made. Ever the provider of shelter and support, The House of the Seven Gables inspires us as it once inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne. Where sea captains once found their footing, immigrants become citizens, visitors explore period rooms, historians pore over archives, children frolic in the gardens, and authors find inspiration. Celebrate this milestone with us and make your own stories at The House of the Seven Gables.