Spirit Photography: A lecture on eerie Victorian photo trends at The Gables

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SALEM — The tug of war between science and culture has deep roots. Back in the 1800s, before the general public understood how photography worked, sympathetic photographers and clever charlatans produced manipulated images of the deceased mysteriously hovering near their loved ones. Called spirit photography, these eerie images nonetheless brought comfort to the bereaved.  On [….]

Naturalization ceremony to be held at The Gables September 17

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House of the Seven Gables’ Executive Director Kara McLaughlin congratulates a new U.S. citizen at last year’s Naturalization Ceremony. Citizenship to be granted on Constitution Day SALEM — At noon on Tuesday, September 17, a group of North Shore residents will become naturalized United States citizens. They have spent months of study and preparation to [….]

‘It’s a celebration!’ The 7th Taste of The Gables is Sunday, September 15, 2019

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SALEM — Good food. Good friends. Good fun. It’s all happening on Sunday, September 15, starting at 4 p.m. For the seventh year, the House of the Seven Gables and its community of supporters come together for an evening of merriment and mingling to help The Gables preserve, share and continue the American story. “Taste [….]

Hawthorne in Hollywood! 1940 movie, ‘House of the Seven Gables,’ at The Gables Sept. 5

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SALEM — It’s movie night, once again, at The House of the Seven Gables. Not only will guests enjoy a notable movie made from one of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novels, they will watch as actor Vincent Price leads a one-of-a-kind tour of The Gables.   The second film in the ‘Hawthorne in Hollywood’ film series is Thursday, [….]

Seven Lectures at Seven Gables: Early Irish influence on baseball changed the game

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SALEM — There was a time, early in the 19th century, when baseball was a gentlemanly game played by the upper class. Things changed when second-generation Irish immigrants took an interest.  “The Irish had a huge influence on the development of early American baseball,” says Brian Sheehy, history teacher, and sports scholar. “Without the Irish, baseball [….]

‘17thCentury Saturdays’ at The Gables this Summer and Fall – Go Back in Time to Explore the Unknown

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SALEM — You don’t have to be an astronaut to explore the mysterious and the unknown. Instead, imagine yourself in Salem in the 1600s, when navigating the high seas was as dangerous and challenging as going to the moon. All are invited to The House of the Seven Gables for the first in a series [….]

Enduring Hawthorne: The House of the Seven Gables

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SALEM, MA – Starting at 7:00 AM on Sunday, July 7th, and running until about 7:00 PM that evening, Salem Maritime National Historic Site and The House of the Seven Gables will be hosting “Enduring Hawthorne: A Marathon Reading of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables.” “In partnership with The House of Seven [….]

#ArtWeek Instameet at the House of the Seven Gables

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As part of Artweek 2019, Creative Collective organized an event with the House of the Seven Gables that welcomed local Instagram influencers for behind the scenes access to this iconic locations galleries! As part of the event, the Collective welcomed the local Igers network @igerssalem and a handful of well known Insta-accounts! Here are the [….]

Becoming American: Film and Discussion Series at the House of the Seven Gables

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Becoming American: film and discussion seriesHow popular culture absorbs and processes the immigrant experience in the next ‘Community Conversations’ topic at The Gables on May 1 SALEM — Newcomers to this country arrive with a suitcase and a set of expectations derived, in part, from American popular culture. In turn, the very same newcomers make [….]

Pop! Goes the Gables – Photo Gallery

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Images by Joey Phoenix for Creative Collective A new exhibit – Pop! Goes the Gables – opened this past Friday night at the House of the Seven Gables. The exhibit explores how Hawthorne’s novel and the 1668 mansion have influenced pop culture over the centuries. Since the museum’s opening visitors have been inspired by the [….]

‘Bewitched’ gave new meaning to ‘Witchcraft’ – Lecture Series at the House of the Seven Gables

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SALEM — “Bewitched” is more than a television show from the ‘70s, more than a controversial statue in downtown Salem, more than a twitchy nose. Salem, for whom ‘witchcraft’ holds uniquely somber meaning, saw its burden lighten when “Bewitched” was broadcast into tens of millions of homes in America. The show was a cultural influencer [….]

April Vacation Living History Labs at the House of the Seven Gables

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Kids get a feel for The Gables’ early Settlement House activities Caroline Emmerton’s 1916 SettlementApril 13 to April 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. SALEM — In 1916, Caroline Emmerton’s Settlement House in Salem served the immigrant families living in the museum’s neighborhood. The children often attended classes that taught household and industrial skills [….]

Salem Womxn’s History Day Honors Women Past and Present

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by Joey Phoenix Salem Womxn’s History Day falls this year on March 24, and local museums and businesses are honoring this day in Salem style. This day has become a local tradition since Mayor Kim Driscoll decreed the celebration of women a few years ago as part of the international happenings of Women’s History Month [….]

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Welcome Home, Peabody

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Free guided tour of The Gables for Peabody residents on March 3  SALEM — The House of the Seven Gables is pleased to invite residents from Peabody to a free guided tour of the celebrated mansion made famous by Salem author Nathaniel Hawthorne and his novel, “The House of the Seven Gables.” Peabody’s Community Day [….]