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Hallowed House by Donna Seger via Streets of Salem

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[cs_content][cs_element_section _id=”1″][cs_element_row _id=”2″][cs_element_column _id=”3″][cs_text] By daseger There have been several Salem houses—houses that are no longer standing—that have haunted me; I get almost desperate to find out as much as I possibly can about them and if and when I do I’m done. If they remain inscrutable, they remain with me. There is one house that [….]

An Open Letter to the Leadership of the Peabody Essex Museum by Donna Seger

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[cs_content][cs_element_section _id=”1″][cs_element_row _id=”2″][cs_element_column _id=”3″][cs_text] By daseger Regarding the recent admission that the Museum plans to consign nearly all of the collections of the Phillips Library, including manuscript and printed materials central and unique to the history of Salem, to a new Collections Center in Rowley, before the December 6, 2017 meeting of the Salem Historic Commission. [….]

The Hanged Man

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Streets of Salem – Storms of the (Seventeenth) Century

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I’m only teaching two broad surveys this semester, a welcome departure from the more topical and graduate courses of the spring and summer. Surveys can be tricky: you can easily get lost—or lose the students–in a stream of narrative if you don’t impose an illustrative theme.

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Link Share – Highlights from around the North Shore

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Every week (when we can swing it because Salem keeps us SOOO busy) we compile a link share of stories about creativity, local blogs, and great press about local happenings, artists, and businesses AND links to local calls for art. If you ever see something awesome online that gets those creative juices flowing send us [….]

Re-engaging with Leslie’s Retreat via Streets of Salem

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Via Streets of Salem Blog Salem is gearing up for a multi-event, multi-venue commemoration of a key event in its history and American history: Leslie’s Retreat, whereby a crowd of civilians compelled the 250-strong 64th Regiment of the Foot under the command of Colonel Alexander Leslie to retreat to Boston on February 26, 1775. Re-engaging with Leslie’s [….]

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via Streets of Salem – Why are there no WPA Murals in Salem

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Why are there no WPA Murals in Salem? The various initiatives of the Works Progress Administration made their mark on Salem during the Depression: substantive work on Greenlawn Cemetery and the Salem Armory was completed, Olde Salem Greens was carved out of Highland Park, and the Salem Maritime National Historic Site was created along Derby [….]

via Streets of Salem – Pastry Castles

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Pastry Castles There is much focus on food and drink during December, of course, and today I’m thinking about “pastry castles”, an early form, perhaps, of our own American gingerbread houses? The British Library recently digitized one of the oldest English cookbooks (which is actually a cook-scroll), the Forme of Cury (Add MS 5016), and [….]

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via Streets of Salem – Cabinets on Canvas

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Cabinets on Canvas After stuffing ourselves with Thanksgiving dinner the day before, and Thanksgiving breakfast pie yesterday morning, we walked downtown to the Peabody Essex Museum to see their latest blockbuster exhibition, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain. It is a fine visual feast for sure, but not exactly thought-provoking for me (and I’m not really a [….]

House Cards – Via Streets of Salem

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House Cards I’m in the midst of cleaning, painting, and rearranging in advance of the Holidays, and yesterday I took a dusty and hastily-constructed collage of cards off the wall: the thank-you notes and invitations that I have received from my friends and neighbors over the years, delivered in the form of ivory cards with [….]

Via Streets of Salem – Enduring Edifices

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Enduring Edifices I’m really glad that I’ve made my blog relatively apolitical, and I’m equally grateful that I am not an American historian: I wouldn’t want to be in a position to explain what happened yesterday. Hopefully my words and images can serve as a distraction for some, as they do for me. [the_grid name=”Featured [….]

Seasonal Spider (webs) | streetsofsalem

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By Donna Seger Seasonal Spider (webs) – Well, Halloween is less than a week away so I suppose I should post on something seasonal: my October avoidance of downtown Salem has actually made me less aware of this holiday, although yesterday it dawned on me that I was not prepared for trick-or-treating and should start [….]

Streets of Salem – Salem Lots: the Beautiful and the Damned

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Streets of Salem – Salem Lots: the Beautiful and the Damned By daseger I’m always checking upcoming auctions for Salem things and over the next week there are some beautiful items coming up for sale, representing the very best of golden-age craftsmanship in Salem, as well as one crafted-but-creepy item, which I’ll leave for last [….]