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Wednesday, August 1, 2018
August 2018 from The Gables
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
instruments in The House of the Seven Gables - By
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
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?
pianoforte and mandolin are just a few of the instruments in The
House of the Seven Gables.
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.
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
“It doesn’t matter your
skin color, one must live life to the fullest”. Justin, 14 yr.
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.
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
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.
for a special tour of the Gedney House Friday,
September 7th at 6:00pm and Saturday, September 8th
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 >>
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
or call 978-744-0991 ext. #109.
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.
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.
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.
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.
proceeds benefit The Gables’ unique dual mission of preservation