Saturday, August 25, 2018

October at The Gables

Deliver Us from Evil:
Counter-magic in Early New England

October 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Folk magic was far more common in colonial New England than most of us realize. Join Emerson W. Baker of Salem State University to learn more.

Members: FREE; Non-Members: $10


October 10, 17, and 24
from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm 

Special family discount from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Enjoy wickedly fun family programs around our museum campus. 

Ben Wickey’s “The House of the Seven Gables”

October 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 

Salem Horror Fest and Cape Ann Cinema present a night with Ben Wickey and his animated shorts, The House of the Seven Gables and The Homecoming.


Get swept into Hawthorne’s tale of guilt, greed and revenge as the characters from The House of the Seven Gables (1851), come to life and recount their stories while you walk through the very house that inspired Hawthorne’s timeless novel. Performances begin every five minutes in The House of the Seven Gables and last approximately 35 minutes. Last performance begins at closing.


Performance dates: October 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27
8:00PM - 10:30PM

This experience takes visitors back through Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birth home to the events of the infamous Salem Witch Trials, through the eyes of the author, whose own ancestor, Judge John Hathorne had a hand to play in the tragic events of 1692. Performances begin every ten minutes in The Nathaniel Hawthorne birth house and last approximately 35 minutes. Last performance begins at closing.


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Thursday, August 9, 2018


  • Friday, August 17th,Rain or Shine!
  • 6:30 pm ‘til it’s over!
  • Hosted by Jackie & Dave Eng
  • 136 1/2 Derby Street
  • BYOB (beer/wine only please)
  • Bring a picnic item to share, something for the grill for your    dinner, and a chair or blanket to sit on.
  • Soft drinks, lemonade, watermelon,    and all paper/plastic goods will be    provided by HDSNA.
  • RSVP to Bill Sano at or 978-744-4787 with # people and what you will be bringing so that we can balance the menu.
The Historic Derby Street Neighborhood Association is for all members of the neighborhood! If you live, work, or play in the historic Derby Street district you are part of the neighborhood and we encourage you to come to our meetings.

The next meeting will be September 10th with Mayor Driscoll.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

August 2018 from The Gables

Gables Fest is only a few days away! This issue of e-views from The Gables is musically themed.  We hope you enjoy learning about the role music has played in our history and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

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August 2018
E-VIEWS From The Gables

Musical instruments in The House of the Seven Gables  - By Michael Judd



In the parlor of The House of the Seven Gables is a portrait of Susanna Ingersoll, former owner of the house and cousin to Nathaniel Hawthorne.  Contrary to her traditional reputation as a recluse, friends reported that she was lively and
social. We know from Hawthorne’s letters that she met with him and others to play whist. She was also very musical. She loved to sing and play the pianoforte and to entertain friends and guests.  According to contemporary newspaper accounts, Susanna gave a “Garden Party” for naval heroes of the War of 1812.  Might she have provided musical accompaniments for singing and dancing?
A pianoforte and mandolin are just a few of the instruments in The House of the Seven Gables.

Continue reading about music at The Gables >>

Photo courtesy of @lauguillem

Visitors learn important history lessons about the house and those who lived here from the musical instruments and associated artifacts in the parlor.

We invite you to come take a look for yourself and picture the events that might have taken place here long ago.

If you’d like to be considered for our photo of the month, use #h7g on Instagram.

1921-1922 Annual ReportBy Kala Brzezinski

A town and its history can be understood through the study of music and its incorporation into public spaces. Early support for the music programming and lessons came from the vision and mission of Caroline Emmerton’s settlement work and a man named Mr. B.C. McSheehy—the primary music instructor.

The first major mention of music programming at The Gables came in the 1914-1915 annual reports.

Continue reading >>

Listen and Learn

Don’t have time to read the novel, The House of the Seven Gables? Why not relax and have it read to you instead?

The Gables offers The House of the Seven Gables on compact disk. Read by Tony nominated actor, Anthony Heald, the novel comprises nine cd's totaling eleven hours of Hawthorne's masterpiece.

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For the past several weeks, 22 children representing countries and heritage from Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Lebanon, Morocco, Portugal, Puerto Rico, and Ukraine have embarked on a journey to rediscover the connection between Colonial Salem and the Caribbean.  A combination of stories, film, art, music, field trips and other activities allowed the children to immerse themselves in the pre-colonial world; as well as the changes, both positive and negative, colonization brought upon these regions.  The main book: La Peineta Colorada (The Red Comb) tells the story of a runaway slave in 1841 Puerto Rico, based on actual municipal records, a too often untold story of our heritage.  Senegalese musician, Mamadou Diop, helps us bring this history to life through drumming workshops; where the children get to feel, hear and dance to rhythms and game songs from the African continent where many of our traditions trace their origins.

It doesn’t matter your skin color, one must live life to the fullest”.  Justin, 14 yr.

Caribbean Connections Celebration/Inauguration of Little Free Library  - Thursday, August 9 at 1:00pm - 2:00pm

The Gables will celebrate the culmination of learning and cultural enrichment of the 22 children who participated in our Caribbean Connections summer enrichment program. They will inaugurate a Little Free Library, display their creation of the traditional Dominican Faceless Dolls, and perform a drum ensemble with Mamadou Diop.

This event is free and open to the public.  Please RSVP >>

Recent weeks have seen considerable activity here on our seaside campus. Our venerable mansion is in the midst of having a new red cedar shingle roof installed. Credit for this work can be attributed to the generous support received from MCC and Salem CPA through our Development Department’s successful grant writing initiatives. This is an extremely important project, as the existing roof was suffering from nail failure, and posed the threat of losing more shingles in very heavy wind. Several repairs have been required in recent years to mitigate storm damage due to this failure.

Our contractor, NAPCO of Gloucester is working under the guidance of Architect David Hart and Preservation Consultant Bill Finch. The plans have been submitted and approved by MCC, and the work is progressing at a steady pace. The nails that are specified for this installation are Type 316 stainless steel, and should eliminate any concerns of an early demise.

The Counting House has also seen some attention this season as the Gables staff replaced the window trim and clapboards on the two sides facing the water. Although this window and clapboard work is less prominent than the roof job, it is nonetheless an important contribution to our preservation commitment.

Join us for a  special tour of the Gedney House
Friday, September 7th at 6:00pm and Saturday, September 8th at 1:00pm 
In partnership with Historic New England, the House of the Seven Gables is delighted to offer a private tour of the Gedney House (circa 1665) to Gables members. The Gedney House was acquired by Historic New England in 1967, and is one of the earliest surviving examples of a timber-frame structure from 17th century Salem. Visitors will receive a special glimpse into the architectural practices of this remarkable property and learn about the genealogical connection between the Gedney Family and the Gables’ own Captain John Turner.

Registration is required for this member-exclusive program and space is limited. Reserve your spot >>

Not a Gables member? Join today!

Please note: The Gedney House is located at 21 High Street in Salem, Massachusetts. Due to limited street parking, the use of available public parking lots within walking distance is encouraged. If you have any questions or need assistance with reserving your spot for this program, please contact Allison French at, or call 978-744-0991 ext. #109.

Gables Fest
Saturday, August 4
4:00pm - 10:00pm
Gables Fest is only a few days away! Don't miss this amazing evening when you will be taken on a journey through 350 years of music and dance. Performances will span not only the centuries but also the globe, paying homage to our settlement programming and the mission of Caroline Emmerton.

In addition to the festivities, there will be food, drink, and surprises throughout the course of the celebration.

Rebel Yell Full Moon Yoga
Monday, August 27
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Join Rebel Yell Yoga, Dark Moon Salem, and The Chaos Factor for another amazing evening of yoga, tarot, herbal magick, and time in sacred circle, manifesting Full Moon Magick under the late summer night sky on the lawn of The House of the Seven Gables.

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!

Naturalization Ceremony
Wednesday, August 15
11:00am - 1:00pm
The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association in collaboration with USCIS will host a Naturalization Ceremony for 35 new Americans from the region.  This date will culminate the journeys and many roads traveled by these hopeful individuals to officially be ‘named’ Americans; a moment when pride and excitement is palpable.

Taste of the Gables
Sunday, September 16
3:50 pm
The House of the Seven Gables hosts its annual fundraiser and THE event of the year. Enjoy the food and talents of over 20 local chefs and vendors who offer their sumptuous servings. Mingle with friends, capture memories at our photo booth, raise a paddle at our exciting live auction, or try your luck in the silent auction tent, featuring unique experiences.
All proceeds benefit The Gables’ unique dual mission of preservation and education.


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