Friday, June 30, 2017

July at the Gables

The Chamber Over The Little Parlor

On July 4, 1804, Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in the house at 27 Union Street in Salem, Massachusetts. In 1958, the house was saved from destruction and moved to the campus of The House of the Seven Gables, where it is visited daily by our guests. Visitors often want to know which room of the house Hawthorne was actually born in. Fortunately, there are two convincing pieces of evidence that enable us to answer that question with a fair degree of certainty...

Launching Caribbean Connections 2017

Caribbean Connections, The Gables’ summer enrichment program strives to serve English Language Learners in grades K-6 who are at the earliest levels of English proficiency. We are looking forward to welcoming ELL students from all of Salem’s Public Elementary Schools to our program which this year will be held at the Saltonstall School...

What's New in Preservation?

The House of the Seven Gables recently partnered with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners for a six-month project to measure environmental conditions around our National Historic Landmark District museum campus. Five “dataloggers” were strategically placed in collections storage, the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, the Nathaniel Hawthorne Birthplace, and outside. From July 2016 – January 2017, these little electronic gadgets provided big information...

Gifts at The Gables

Shopping for a great gift ?

Eye catching colorful patterns available in porcelain teapots, cups & saucers or mugs, all are gift boxed and are sure to please.

Can't make it to the store? We are piloting our online store with just a few select items and more to follow. Browse our online museum store to see our selection.

Celebrate at The Gables

The Gables will once again host members, friends and family as we celebrate the Fourth of July and the birthday of Nathaniel Hawthorne.

If you would like to join us for the Fourth of July celebration, but are not yet a member, consider joining today!

A New Look For Our Website

We recently launched an enhanced version of our website on both mobile and desktop platforms. The new site has a fresh modern look and an updated layout that allows easier access to our diversity of content. It is much easier to plan your visit, explore our history, and discover all of the family fun and public programming that we have to offer. The website is now responsive, meaning that it will look great on any size device.

Thank you to Sperling Interactive for the design and continued support of our website, and to the North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau for their financial support of this project. Check out our updated website and let us know what you think!

17th-Century Saturdays
at The Gables

July 1, 2017
10:00am - 5:00pm

Immerse yourself in four centuries of history at our National Historic Landmark District site.

Life & Labor Weekends
July 1 & 2, 2017
10:00am - 7:00pm

The Gables is commemorating four centuries of work on its National Historic Landmark museum campus with special tours, programming and demonstrations of historic work activities.

Living History Labs
July 1 & 2, 2017
10:30am-1:30pm & 2:00-4:30pm

This hands-on history program at The House of the Seven Gables invites visitors to learn about history through a unique set of experiments.

Chinatown Trunk Murder Mystery
July 19, 2017

Join us for our next Community Conversation with Mary Lui, Professor of American Studies and History at Yale University.

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July 4 Derby Wharf

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Volunteers Needed – July 4 2017- Derby Wharf

Volunteers Needed – July 4, 2017, Derby Wharf

Salem’s July 4th event on Derby Wharf could use a few extra helping hands in Kid’s Space. Two 1-hour shifts are available, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm and from 6:00pm to 7:00pm in the game area, at the coloring station, and at the face painting tent (Simple designs—you don't have to be an artist!) All volunteers get VIP seating tickets.  Please contact Ellen Talkowsky at 978-619-5676 or  if you are interested.

Events with traffic impact this weekend 6-24-6-25

Saturday, June 24: North Shore Pride

Riley Plaza will be closed for parking from 8 AM to 1 PM.  The parade will start at noon and run from Riley Plaza on New Derby, Derby, and Hawthorne Boulevard to the Common.  Expect temporary road closures from 11:30 to 12:30.

Sunday, June 25: NSMC Cancer Walk

The North Shore Medical Center Cancer Walk will start at the Willows at 8:30 AM and run down Memorial Drive, around the Common, down Lafayette Street to Salem State University, back up Lafayette Street, and along Derby and Fort Ave back the Willows.  Expect road closures from 8 AM to approximately 11 AM.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Summer picnic

Save the date for our summer picnic on Saturday, August 12 at the home of Dan and Carol Morgan.  Details and coordination for potluck dishes will follow as the date approaches.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Powerplant update - meeting outcomes including traffic

On behalf of; Christian Haselgrove

Yesterday evening, Footprint Power and Iberdrola met with the neighborhood in a meeting planned by Mayor Driscoll and Councillor McCarthy.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss extended work hours at the powerplant site: Iberdrola has requested an extension of their hours and Councillor McCarthy and Mayor Driscoll would like to gather feedback from the neighbors before a decision is made.

There were two main outcomes from the meeting:

Iberdrola's plan was not well enough defined at the meeting for comment.  They are preparing a document to detail their request, which I will forward on this list and will also be posted on our Facebook page.  There will then be opportunities to comment, certainly by e-mail and a web-based survey.  I hope to have this document in the next day or two; responses will need to come fairly quickly since Councillor McCarthy will need them before bringing the issue to the City Council for discussion and a vote.

Traffic by the site workers was also discussed.  Issues of speeding, recklessness, and general rudeness were raised, among others.  Iberdrola has pledged to take action if we provide pictures of cars (preferably with license plates visible!) whose drivers are not being good neighbors as they come and go.  E-mail pictures to Kevin Cornacchio, Footprint's coordinator with Iberdrola, at  Please be aware that tickets cannot be issued as a result since a police officer has to observe a violation to make a citation, but Iberdrola has promised to take action on their end to deal with workers who are driving through our neighborhood dangerously or rudely.

Please do let me know if you have questions or concerns, and I hope to send Iberdrola's plan in the next day or so.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Derby neighborhood public meeting

Forwarded from the City of Salem.

City of Salem Holding Public Meeting on Derby Neighborhood Envision 2020 Upgrades
Monday, June 26, 6:00 p.m., House of the Seven Gables

The City of Salem and its traffic engineering firm, VHB, will hold a public meeting to provide an update on the status of the ongoing Derby Neighborhood Envision 2020 work, a multi-phase effort to upgrade the roadway and sidewalks of the neighborhood around and including Derby Street. The meeting will take place on Monday, June 26, at 6:00 p.m. in the Holyoke Room at the House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street.

The Derby Neighborhood Envision 2020 initiative started in the Fall of 2015, to serve as a coordinated plan to implement nearly $2 million in mitigation funding intended for the neighborhood from both the Footprint power plant project and the National Grid cable replacement project, the latter of which is now complete. The task force includes representatives from the Historic Derby Street Neighborhood Association, the Ward 1 City Councillor, the City Engineer, the Director of Planning and Community Development, the Traffic and Parking Director, an officer from the Salem Police Department’s Traffic Division, and a representative each from Footprint, the National Park Service Salem Maritime Historic District, the House of the Seven Gables, and the Salem Chamber of Commerce.

The group’s goal has been to create a unified vision for upgrades to the network of roads, sidewalks, and public spaces in the Derby Street neighborhood, consistent with the City’s nationally recognized complete streets policy, the unique historic nature of the corridor, and the needs and preferences of the neighborhood’s residents, businesses, and institutions.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Family Adventure Kayaking Programs

Family Adventure Kayaking Programs
Saturday, June 24th 10:30-12:30
Saturday, July 8th 10:30-12:30
Saturday, August 26th 2:00-4:00

The National Park Service at Salem Maritime National Historic Site is teaming up with Coast to Coast Paddle to offer low cost kayak and paddle board experiences for families. 

Adults enjoy a maritime history kayak tour in Salem Harbor with a National Park Service Ranger and a Coast to Coast Paddle Guide while kids have a stand up paddle board lesson and engage in fun water themed activities. 

$12.00 per person
Registration and information available by phone at 978-969-0151 or email

Departs from the Coast to Coast Paddle Rental Kiosk located at Salem Willows, 167 Fort Ave.