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Sunday, January 1, 2017
The House of Seven Gables January View
LIFE AND LABOR OVER FOUR
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
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 Zoë 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and we
can have this item shipped to you.
A NEW YEAR OF SUPPORT
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 email@example.com,
or call 978-744-0991 x126.
ARE YOU A GABLES MEMBER?
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:
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
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.
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