Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving Danvers Historical Society

Have a Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!
The Danvers Historical Society Office and Museum Store
will be CLOSED Friday, November 24th.

We will be open Saturday, December 2nd, 9th,16th, 23rd, 9am to 1pm
View our ornament collection here
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We are looking forward to seeing you at the

9th Annual Parade of Trees! 
Sponsored, in part, by    
See this week's Danvers Herald news clipping

Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page Street, Danvers

More details at Parade of Trees

Call or email Laura with your questions: 978-777-1666

While CYBER shopping, visit AmazonSmiles to benefit the Society
Amazo will donate a portion of your purchase!!

Monday, November 20, 2017

A lecture with Brunonia Barry

The Fifth Petal
Saturday, November 25, 1-3PM

Join Brunonia Barry for a talk about her latest work, The Fifth Petal, at The House of the Seven Gables over Thanksgiving weekend. Barry will talk about her newest book and the inspiration of living and working in Salem, Mass. Her newest work of fiction weaves a thriller with “ a complex brew of suspense, seduction and murder.” A book signing in the Museum Store will follow the lecture.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

General Announcement November 2017

General announcements

Noah Flaherty, General Manager of Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, informed us that there will be a hearing regarding the proposed construction at the marina at the Planning Board meeting on Thursday, November 16 at 7:00 PM at City Hall Annex (120 Washington Street), Room 131. Find the meeting agenda at (PDF); discussion of the marina's application is listed as item C. Noah can be reached at
Father Robert Murray, Pastor of the Mary, Queen of the Apostles parish which includes Immaculate Conception Church on Hawthorne Boulevard, introduced himself to the neighborhood and gave news of upcoming activity, including conversion of the parish schoolhouse. The parish is also considering renting parking spaces in the lot off Union Street. Father Murray can be reached at 978-744-1278 or
Stan Franzeen announced that the Salem Film Fest will present For Ahkeem at The Cabot in Beverly on Sunday, November 26 at 4:30 PM, followed by a Q&A with director and Beverly native Jeremy Levine.
Stan Franzeen announced that SAFE will present The Hidden Costs of Salem's Gas Leaks on Tuesday, November 28 from 7:00 to 8:30 PMat The Enterprise Center at Salem State University.
The House of the Seven Gables is collecting for the It Starts With Me food drive through Monday, November 20. Bring non-perishable goods including gravy, roasting tins, stuffing, canned vegetables, bottled juice, cranberry sauce, cooking oil, and gift cards to Market Basket (used to purchase turkey and other perishables) to the Seven Gables Visitor Center and receive 10% off at the Museum Store.
The House of the Seven Gables will host a talk by Brunonia Barry about her latest work, The Fifth Petal, on Sunday, November 25 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.

HDSNA announcements

The HDSNA thanks the House of the Seven Gables and Deb Costa for their continued generosity in allowing us to use their space for meetings.
HDSNA dues are a voluntary donation of $10 per household per year. See Sharon Smith at any meeting to contribute.
Sign up for the HDSNA email announcement list by sending a message to There have been addresses from signup sheets in recent months that were either illegible or bounced when added to the list, so if you you signed up but haven't been getting announcements, please try again.
Brianna Kenny gave a reminder about the HDSNA referral list to recommend contractors and other service companies and individuals, especially those with experience working with old homes.  Fill out the form online or contact Brianna at
Katie Loeffler gave a reminder about the effort to discuss ideas regarding the use of the powerplant land. Contact Katie at to get involved.
Our next meeting will be our holiday potluck, date and place(s) to be determined.

HDSNA business

Changes to the HDSNA bylaws (last updated 2002; PDF) were proposed, including updating the bylaws to increase dues from $5 to $10 and to reflect that the annual meeting is held in November (changes as PDF). The changes and new bylaws (PDF) were approved unanimously by the membership.
HDSNA board elections were held. Officers for Treasurer, Secretary, and Communications Officer ran unopposed and were elected unanimously. The results of the Co-chair election were: Keith Crook: 9, Margaret Crosby: 27, Wendy Meigs: 24, Other/write-in: 2. At-large board members (not subject to election) were introduced.
The new HDSNA board is:
  • Co-chair: Margaret Crosby, Wendy Meigs
  • Treasurer: Sharon Smith
  • Secretary: Katie Loeffler
  • Communications Officer: Steven Gribbin
  • At large: Ellen Clark, Will Dowd, Chris Hatch, Dolores Jordan, Brianna Kenny, Mira Riggin, Susan Strauss

Salem Youth Commission

Emily Ullman, Director of Expanded Learning at the Salem Public Schools, joined with members of the Salem Youth Commission to engage with the neighborhood. Emily can be reached at

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

November Meeting

HDSNA board elections
Salem Youth Commission

Monday, November 13
The House of the Seven Gables
6:30 PM refreshments
7:00 PM meeting

We will start the meeting with elections for next year's HDSNA board. Board positions are two co-chairs and one each of treasurer, secretary, and communications officer. There are also at-large board positions for those wishing to help more generally. To nominate yourself or someone else for the HDSNA board, send email to

Read the current bylaws (PDF) governing the HDSNA and its elections.

We will also vote on changes to the bylaws. Read the proposed changes (PDF).

Then share your voice with Salem's Youth Commission. The Youth Commission is facilitating dialogues across the city to increase awareness about immigration and to share insights and experiences of growing up in Salem to build bridges across differences and create a more welcoming city for everyone.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Announcing the 2017 Danvers Ornament!

The Crayon!
Announcing the 2017 Danvers Ornament!
Each year the Danvers Historical Society selects a Christmas ornament which symbolizes an important part of Danvers history. This year we have chosen a crayon in honor of the Standard Crayon Factory.  Read the full story here.

For years the large Crayola Crayons billboard attached to the side of the main office on Maple Street was a familiar fixture in downtown Danvers, and local kids during the post-World War period into the 60s often were lucky to obtain samples and broken crayons from the company.

This building, on Maple Street, built in the 1880s, was a roller skating rink. In the 1890s, it became the Drill Shed for Company K, and was where the troops met before deployment to the Spanish American War.  Share your stories of Danvers here.

The crayon ornament is priced at $9.99 and available in red, blue, or yellow at The Danvers Historical Society Museum store located in the historic Jeremiah Page HouseBecome a member of the Historical Society and receive 10% discount on all your purchases. Hours are Monday through Friday 9am-1pm. Extended holiday hours will include Saturdays December 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 9am-1pm. Other collectible Danvers ornaments for sale include the Danvers Globe onion, Danvers Half-Long carrot, schoolhouse, train, Plains train station, Ideal baby shoe, Newlin's Snowdrop mushroom, Endicott pear, Putnam apple, Great Oak acorn, Putnam Pantry candy cane, Day's potato chips, Batchelder grandfather clock, Robins Hill peach, Twi-League ball and glove and the teapot!! Stop on by and say hello!

Visit the Jeremiah Page House to see all the ornaments on display

The Danvers Historical Society Museum Store,
has re-stocked the popular
Made in U.S.A. and machine washable! 

9th Annual Parade of Trees!
Tuesday, November 28th through Saturday, December 2nd
FREE viewing hours: W,Th,F, 1pm-8pm and Sat., 10am - 5pm
RAFFLE winners announced 5:15pm Saturday Dec. 2nd
Raffle chances: five for $5; fifteen for $10; twenty-five for $15

Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page Street, Danvers

More details at Parade of Trees

Call or email Laura with your questions: 978-777-1666
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Haunted Happenings and Halloween survey

The 2017 Salem residents’ Haunted Happenings and Halloween survey is now online at The survey seeks to gauge resident feedback on the events, public safety response, public information distribution, potential City policies, and more, all related to both Haunted Happenings and Halloween in Salem. 2017 marks the eighth year that the City has collected this feedback. It will online until 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 10.
“We worked hard to incorporate public input and feedback from our residents into our Halloween and October planning every year,” said Mayor Kim Driscoll. “New for this year we added event staff personnel at key street crossings and public gathering points, launched a satellite parking and shuttle service that helped remove thousands of visitor cars from our roads, and made modifications to improve our public safety responsiveness in a pro-active and strategic fashion. In all, Halloween 2017 went extremely well and that was in large part due to the input – and patience – of Salem residents. I hope all residents will take a couple of minutes to complete the survey so we can continue to improve how we manage October in the years ahead.”

E-Views From The Gables - November 2017

Some Inspiration for the Ambitious Writer

by William Demick, Guest Contributer

November is National Novel Writing Month, when writers everywhere attempt to produce a novel in only thirty days. This is a task that requires a good deal of caffeine and dedication, let alone inspiration. Since we at The House of the Seven Gables cannot provide you with coffee, it is probably best that we focus instead on offering inspiration. Where better to look for that inspiration than Nathaniel Hawthorne’s own speedy contributions to literature - The Scarlet Letter (1850), The House of the Seven Gables (1851), and The Blithedale Romance (1852).

Share Your Stories of The Gables

In 2018, the famed House of the Seven Gables turns 350 years old. We would love to hear from you about your memories of the house. Did you visit here as a young child? Were you spooked by the Secret Staircase? Did you participate in settlement programs? Were you proposed to by the sea or did you get married on the compass rose? Were you inspired to read one of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novels or even to write you own?

No story is too big or too small. Share your name, story, and even a picture if you have it. Each day in 2018, we’ll be sharing YOUR stories.  Click here to submit your memories

It Starts With Me Thanksgiving Drive

Each year the Salem-based charity It Starts With Me organizes a Thanksgiving Drive to help provide holiday meals to families and veterans in need on the North Shore. The meal kits include everything a family needs to prepare a meal together from roasting tins to butter.

The House of the Seven Gables is proud to be a collection site for the 10th annual event and to support a goal of offering dinner to more than 350 families in 2017. Non-perishable items that can be dropped off at The Gables between November 1 – November 17 include: Market Basket gift cards, gravy, tin turkey pans, stuffing, canned veggies, juice, cranberry sauce, and cooking oil.

Full details about the event can be found here.

As a thank you for your generosity, be sure to ask for a 10% off Museum Store coupon when you drop off your donation.

The Gables Needs a New Coat

The stalwart house at the end of Turner Street, known to us as The House of the Seven Gables, stands today on the very spot it has for 350 years. Seemingly ageless, the house has endured the harsh effects of time and weather thanks to the preservation efforts made by its many inhabitants and stewards.

The preservation of historic structures involves efforts on many fronts, some of which are not so glamorous. One such effort is the maintenance of the exterior facade through the application of protective finishes. Paint is the most obvious treatment on houses with wood siding, like The House of the Seven Gables. Paint acts as a barrier between the clapboards and decorative components of the structure, and the moisture that can cause rapid deterioration of these elements. However, this treatment is not designed to last forever. Exterior paint treatments on historic buildings usually need to be reapplied every 5 to 10 years.

The House of the Seven Gables is in need of a new paint treatment in time for its 350th birthday. If you would like to help the house get a new "coat" for 2018, please follow the link below to give what you can.

Photo courtesy @salemweather

If you'd like to see your picture of The Gables as our Photo of the Month, email an image to or tag us on Facebook or Instagram. 

Gifts at The Gables

Fall in New England is a time to enjoy the bounty of the harvest.
Our soup mixes are easy to make and are a delicious choice to enjoy during the cool weather.

Can't make it to the store? Browse our online museum store to see a selection of items for sale. Or call Everett Philbrook, Store Manager at 978-744-0991 x195 for information.

Mercy Gives to The Gables

During the month of November, Mercy Tavern will be donating a percentage of every customer's tab to The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Education Programming. Mercy Tavern's business model is designed around giving to community and social justice organizations. We are incredibly thankful that Mercy Tavern has chosen our organization to be a donation recipient this month.

Mercy Tavern is located just a short distance from The House of the Seven Gables at 148 Derby Street. If you find yourself in the neighborhood, be sure to stop in for some great food and drink (especially after one of our lectures this month).

Enjoy Two Lectures This Month

Attention Gables Members: We’ve got two more free lectures for you in 2017, and both are by New York Times Bestselling Authors. On Thursday, November 2 at 6pm, join William Martin for a sneak peek into his next novel, Bound for Gold: New Englanders Head for Adventure in 1849. On Saturday, November 25 at 1pm, come for “a complex brew of suspense, seduction, and murder” with author Brunonia Barry, as she discusses her latest book, The Fifth Petal.

Not a member yet? Join today and enjoy these lectures free of charge, plus free or reduced admission to an exciting line-up of events in 2018, to be announced soon!

Also, please join us for the ribbon cutting of the second phase of our legacy walkway on November 5 at 10:30am. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Alyssa at 978-744-0991 x109 or

It Starts With Me Thanksgiving Drive
November 1 - 17, 2017

Each year the Salem-based charity It Starts With Me organizes a Thanksgiving Drive to help provide holiday meals to families and veterans in need on the North Shore as well as provide fresh produce and boxes of food to local shelters. The House of the Seven Gables is proud to be a collection site for the 10th annual event and to support a goal of offering dinner to more than 350 families in 2017.

Four Centuries of Christmas
November 24 - December 31, 2017

During the holiday season, experience the history of four centuries of Christmas in New England. One of our professional guides will lead you through the mansion, adorned with holiday decorations, and share the history of four centuries of Christmas in New England. Walk the halls of a house that has stood the test of time to witness the changing nature of the holidays over the years.

Bound for Gold: New Englanders Head for Adventure in 1849
November 2, 2017

Join New York Times best-selling author William Martin for a sneak peek into his next novel about New Englanders and the California Gold Rush—sure to be a hit next summer when published. Learn about the process for research and the mesmerizing stories about the Gold Rush—one of the grand events that built the nation.

The Fifth Petal
November 25, 2017

Join Brunonia Barry for a talk about her latest work, The Fifth Petal, at The House of the Seven Gables over Thanksgiving weekend. Barry will talk about her newest book and the inspiration of living and working in Salem, Mass. Her newest work of fiction weaves a thriller with “ a complex brew of suspense, seduction and murder.” A book signing in the Museum Store will follow the lecture.

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