Friday, April 19, 2019

Seven Lectures at Seven Gables

Seven Lectures at Seven Gables
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Don't forget to join us WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24th from 6:30 - 8:00 PMfor the second event in the Seven Lectures at Seven Gables series!
Bewitched: A Show, Statue and Icon
Television and pop culture historian Robert Thompson will talk about Bewitched – as a show, statue, and icon of classic television. Join us as Thompson talks Bewitched and give an overview of the history of television and how it continues to impact us today.

Members of The House of the Seven Gables: FREE
Non-members: $10

To reserve your spot, register here >>
This is the second lecture in our Seven Lectures at Seven Gables series.

The 2019 exhibit, Pop! Goes The Gables explores how Hawthorne’s novel and our 1668 mansion have influenced pop culture over the centuries. The 
Seven Lectures at Seven Gables series complements the many themes explored in that exhibit.

Members can enjoy this lecture for FREE. Don't miss out on exclusive perks throughout the year. Join today >>
The Mission of The House of the Seven Gables is to be a welcoming, thriving, historic site and community resource that engages people of all backgrounds in our inclusive American story.
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Monday, April 8, 2019

Valet Parking Comes to Downtown Salem

Valet Parking Comes to Downtown Salem April 19th

Fridays and Saturdays, 5pm-midnight, $12 per vehicle

Beginning Friday, April 19th Salem residents and visitors can have their vehicles valet parked. Starting April 19th, valet parking will be offered Fridays and Saturdays from 5:00 p.m. to midnight. During those times, drivers may drop their car off at four designated parking spaces along Washington Street northbound, just south of the intersection with Essex Street outside of Rockafellas and Ledger restaurants. The service costs $12 per vehicle and is open to all diners, shoppers, and visitors to downtown Salem.
“As downtown Salem becomes more attractive for residents and visitors, with new restaurants and old favorites alike, we’re excited to be able to offer this new option to streamline parking downtown,” said Mayor Kim Driscoll. “Having a valet parking option available to those driving downtown will not only provide added convenience to their visit, it will also help reduce traffic congestion that comes from vehicles circling as they look for open parking spaces.”

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Summer Wedding Special!

Summer Wedding Special!
Don't miss out on this special wedding package!

From June to August let The Gables host your ceremony and cocktail hour for only $1250.
Let the beautiful grounds of The House of the Seven Gables be the setting of your wedding this summer. From June through August, enjoy your intimate ceremony and celebrate after with a cocktail hour for only $1250.

Our flexible staff is ready to help you pull off your special day!

Besides the backdrop of our fabulous gardens and ancient houses, when you book an event with us you support our mission of preservation and education. At The Gables you can truly party with a purpose.

Book Now >>
To learn more, visit our site rental page or contact our special events manager, Deb Costa, at 978-306-7016.
The summer wedding ceremony special runs from June through August 2019. Availability is limited. Cocktail hour space rental provided. Food and drink not included. Special does not apply to previously booked events. Additional fees may apply. Inquire for further details >>
Copyright © 2019 The House of the Seven Gables, All rights reserved. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

April 2019 meeting

Join us Monday April 8th meeting with local Salem historian Jim McAllister for a talk on

7-8 PM @ The House of the Seven Gables

If you live, work, or play in the Historic Derby Street area you 
are part of the neighborhood and we encourage you to come to our meetings.

The next meeting will be Monday, May 13th.

Monday, April 1, 2019

April at the Gables

April 2019 E-Views from The Gables

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POP! Goes The Gables, our 2019 exhibit, explores how Hawthorne's novel and our 1668 mansion have influenced pop culture over the centuries. Join us for an opening reception on Friday, April 5 from 5:00-7:00pm. Register Now >>
Paths to POP Culture
Defining pop culture is difficult, with volumes of text dedicated to achieving the task. Pop Culture has its own ebb and flow; moving into the mainstream at high tide, pulling back to the edges of society at low tide and then charging forward again. LeRoy Ashby, in his 2006 book With Amusements for All: A History of American Popular Culture Since 1830, states, "…popular culture both reflects and shapes the larger society. How it does so is anything but simple. It can refract as well as mirror, breaking the larger society into a wide range of images and meanings. It can follow well-worn paths and set new directions."

In many ways, Hawthorne's novel, The House of the Seven Gables, published in 1851, helped define one of these new directions. Continue Reading >>
Photo of the Month
The House of the Seven Gables is a unique and special place to ‘POP!' the question! Just ask @kitsxy who was proposed to on campus recently.  She is currently studying English, so the setting of this proposal was "very special and close to my heart."

Planning a shower, wedding, or special event? Let The Gables help! Contact us today >>

Use the hashtag #h7gables to be considered for our Photo of the Month
Celebrate Caroline Emmerton's Birthday Over April Vacation Week 
 "Caroline Emmerton (1866 – 1942) was born into a life of wealth and privilege, but also inherited a legacy of service to people who were less fortunate. As a young woman, she was part of the dawning of the Progressive Era. The influence of this era offered Emmerton the opportunity to pursue both historic preservation and social service." From Caroline Emmerton: An Unbounded Vision, by David Moffat.

In 1916, Emmerton's Settlement House served the immigrant families living in the neighborhood of the museum. Join us April 13 – 21 to experience our Living History Labs, featuring hands-on activities based off these Settlement House programs of the early-20th century.

Learn More about our April Vacation Programming >>
What's New in Preservation
Many of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s well-known works, in particular, The House of Seven Gables, The Scarlet Letter, and Twice-Told Tales, have inspired film adaptations since the very early days of film-making. Beginning with the now lost 1910 silent film, The House of the Seven Gables, directed by J. Searle Dawley, nearly every decade has at least one film based on Hawthorne’s works. This still image, from MGM’s 1926 silent movie, The Scarlet Letter, directed by Victor Sjöström, shows Lillian Gish as Hester Prynne and Lars Hanson as the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale. Ms. Gish, later known as “The First Lady of American Cinema,” was given significant control over her movies as an enticement to sign with MGM. She convinced Louis. B. Mayer to make the somewhat controversial film (which included adultery and a child out-of-wedlock) and exerted almost complete creative control over the project. The Scarlet Letter premiered in New York to great critical acclaim and helped cement Miss Gish’s reputation as one of America’s greatest actresses.
Enjoy "POP"ular lectures and events all year
An annual membership at The Gables not only allows free admission to our historic campus but also provides special opportunities and savings throughout the year. With a focus on pop culture in 2019, members can enjoy Seven Lectures at Seven Gables for free, a special treat at our upcoming Pop! Goes the Gables exhibit opening on April 5th, invitations to behind-the-scenes member events, a significant discount at our annual fundraiser, Taste of the Gables, and more.

Join us for the first in the Seven Lectures at Seven Gables series, "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" on April 11th, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Don't miss out on listening to these lectures for free. Register or renew your membership today >>

 Upcoming Events
April 3
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Becoming American Part 5: Family and Community
Part 5 explores how family ties and community institutions have played an essential role in successful migration and adaptation to American life. This program is free and open to the public.
Register here >>

April 11
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968
A mind-expanding dive into a lost chapter of 1968, featuring the famous and forgotten: Van Morrison, folkie-turned-cult-leader Mel Lyman, Timothy Leary, James Brown, and many more.
Reserve a Spot >>

April 13 to 21
11:00am - 3:00pm

April Vacation Living History Labs
Featuring hands-on activities of the early-20th century, children can play both scientist and historian by practicing their sewing, working on their paper folding skills or playing 1916 games.
Learn More >>

April 24
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Bewitched: A Show, Statue and Icon
Television and pop culture historian Robert Thompson will talk about Bewitched – as a show, statue, and an icon of classic television. Join us for an overview of the history of television and how it continues to impact us today.
Reserve your Spot >>
What's Happening in Settlement?

After the Civil War, rapid industrialization and urbanization led to major technological advancements in communication, transportation, manufacturing, and banking. These rapid advances resulted in a large economic boom and population influx.  During this period of industrial expansion (1870-1929) the U.S. population grew from about 40 million to 100 million. Twenty-five million of these people were immigrants reaching the United States.

Continue reading how pop culture and immigration are shaped by each other >>

COMING SOON! Pop Culture at the Museum Store – temporary tattoos!

Express yourself, and your passion for our dual mission of preservation and education, with a temporary tattoo of The House of the Seven Gables. Show your support and wear one, and don't worry, while your support of the Gables is ongoing, our tattoo is temporary.

Members enjoy a discount on every purchase. Not a member? Join today and start saving!
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