Sunday, January 1, 2017

The House of Seven Gables January View


In 2017, The House of the Seven Gables will examine life and labor over four centuries on our museum campus which is a National Historic Landmark District. The annual exhibition will focus on the work roles of those that have worked in the buildings on our site ranging from the slaves to settlement workers. The exhibit committee has been extensively researching the inhabitants of The Gables and learning about how their work compared to others in the region and even the country. Mark your calendars for the exhibit opening event on April 7.


Even though the secret is out about the Dining Room Chamber the crew who worked on the project wants to share their findings with our supporters! Join us to meet the people who worked to complete the construction phase of the project and to learn about our plans for the room as The Gables prepares to celebrate its 350th anniversary in 2018.

During this symposium guests will learn about the architectural planning, engineering, and construction as well as findings from historical research. A tour of the project will be available from 9:15 – 9:45 a.m. A lunch and roundtable session to help brainstorm ideas to share the history of the room will take place from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

This event is free. Donations toward the second phase of the project will be accepted.


Since the end of November, Susan Baker Leavitt and ZoĆ« Quinn have been working to create a complete inventory of the objects stored and displayed on The House of the Seven Gables property. This project not only involves accounting for every item, but also rehousing them in a manner that will preserve them for the future, recording their locations and conditions, and making recommendations regarding the security and sustainability of each storage facility. Challenges are present in each of the campus’ storage facilities including lack of physical space, inadequate environmental controls, access to materials, and updating database entries.


Salem: Cornerstones of a Historic City is the indispensable guide to historic Salem. Learn about the major aspects of Salem’s history: maritime trade, the Witch Trials, exceptional architecture, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. This volume includes over seventy illustrations and six maps.

This book and more are available for purchase at The House of the Seven Gables Museum Store. Can't make it to our Museum Store? Contact Everett Philbrook, Store Manager at 978-744-0991 x195 or, and we can have this item shipped to you.


With the new year comes new opportunities to support The House of the Seven Gables. Beginning in April, our annual exhibit, Life and Labor Over Four Centuries at The Gables, will explore the untold stories of the people who worked in the buildings and on the grounds of the site. Ten panel sponsorship's are available.

A brand new initiative that we will be offering in 2017 is our Partner Sponsor program to support events and programs during the entire year.

In the spring our Annual Appeal kicks off.  Your donation during this time is critical to our success, and we rely on our supporters to keep our work going.

Our annual special event, Taste of The Gables, is looking for volunteers to serve on the planning committee, sponsor the event, or become a host/hostess! This year's event will be held on Sunday, September 17. Tickets will be available in the summer.

Also new is our Legacy Program which offers friends a way to plan a major gift or include The Gables in their estate.

To support The Gables this year through any of these programs, contact Karen Barter at, or call 978-744-0991 x126. 


We have an exciting year planned for our members. We hope you will join us at these exciting events planned just for members in 2017: 
  • Dining Room Chamber Symposium - January 22
  • Salem Food Tour including The House of the Seven Gables - March 11
  • Life and Labor Over Four Centuries at The Gables Opening Reception - April 7
  • Lunch on the Lawn - May 21
  • October Performance Dress Rehearsal - October 5
These are just a few of the special, member programs and events planned for the upcoming year. More details about these events will be available during the year. 


January 22, 2017
10am - 1pm

A "Secret" Symposium
Join staff, supporters, and project experts for a half day of discussion and insight into this exciting project.

January 22, 2017
10am - 5pm

Welcome Home, Beverly!
Free admission for Beverly residents. 

January 29, 2017
10am - 5pm

Welcome Home,

Free admission for Peabody residents. 

February 5, 2017
10am - 5pm

Welcome Home, Lynn!
Free admission for Lynn residents. 

February 12, 2017
10am - 5pm

Welcome Home,

Free admission for Marblehead residents. 

February 18 - 26, 2017
11am - 3pm

Constructing History at The Gables
Come in out of the cold and explore how they built houses in colonial Massachusetts.

February 26, 2017
10am - 5pm

Welcome Home, 

Free admission for Danvers residents. 


Winter is a time for gathering in, a season to pull inwards, both for protection and for growing stronger.  No Settlement program demonstrates that instinct better than the Adult ESL and citizenship program currently running at Salem Academy Charter School. Of all the partnerships that make up our Settlement programming, none speaks most clearly and urgently to the temper of our times.

Since 2014, The Gables has provided funding to run the Adult English-as-a Second Language and citizenship classes. However, this year the program grew in strength and significance. Classes started on October 17, met three evenings per week, and will run until the end of June this year.


Closing to the public in early January does not mean that we sit idle. We work right through winter here at The Gables, just like Jack Frost! This public closure affords us the time to accomplish a wide range of projects to prepare for the coming year.  Some of the tasks that we will complete include a deep cleaning of our public spaces and the care of our historic collections.  

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