The House of the Seven Gables Monthly E-News June 2016
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Discover Nature at The Gables
When visitors come to The House of the Seven Gables, they expect to find old houses, transformed by the passing of time and ownership, with weathered exteriors and eclectic, period-furnished interiors. While this image of the typical historic house museum is most certainly part of The Gables experience, visitors are often surprised to discover the beauty of the surrounding landscape. Our 
2 ½-acre campus causes many visitors to pause and enjoy the natural splendor around them. The sights, sounds, and smells are enough to excite the senses. So on your next visit, be sure to wander the grounds and take a moment to stop and smell the lilacs, the honeysuckle, the roses, and more...  

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Commemorate Caroline Emmerton's 150th Birthday with a Gift to The Gables

In 2016, The House of the Seven Gables is reflecting on the life and work of Caroline Emmerton. Throughout her life she dedicated her personal resources and time to preserving historic properties and providing educational opportunities for local immigrant families. The organization continues work in both of these areas today and we need your help. Your gifts to our Annual Appeal support all facets of our work from preserving our seven historic structures to providing a summer school program open to local students in grades 3 through 5, and more.

We have moved this appeal to the spring season to separate it from our fall event, Taste of the Gables.

We hope this gives you, our donors, flexibility in your budgets. Mailings were sent in May asking for your assistance. Please be generous and support our mission!

To learn more or to donate online, please visit:
 Photo of the Month  #H7G
Use the hashtag #H7G and we might select your image as our Photo of the Month.

Photo courtesy of John Andrews @creativesalem
Summer Family Fun at The Gables

With school vacation on the mind of many parents, we hope that you’ll consider a trip to The House of the Seven Gables with your family this summer. On selected dates throughout the summer months, our staff will be offering family activities like Living History Labs, Constructing History at The Gables, and more. These events are free with regular admission and will truly enhance your family’s experience on our National Historic Landmark District Campus.
Did you know that you can also pack a picnic and enjoy our grounds with your regular admission as well? Our seaside lawn is an ideal place to unroll a blanket and enjoy a summer treat, perhaps something to go from one of the fabulous restaurants in the area. It’s the perfect place to unwind during a day in Salem.  
If you’re a member, you will soon receive an invitation to our Fourth of July celebration. The view of the fireworks over Salem harbor from our seaside lawn is one of the best in the city. It’s a great place to spend the evening with your family, celebrate Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birthday with some cake, and enjoy an Independence Day spectacular!
Check out our events calendar at to always see what’s new at The House of the Seven Gables.
Gifts at The Gables

Light up your room with our large assortment of delightful suncatchers available in brilliant colors and attractive designs.

Available for purchase at The House of the Seven Gables Museum Store. Can't make it to our Museum Store? Contact Everett Philbrook, Store Manager at 978-744-0991 x195 or, and we can have this item shipped to you.
Volunteer Opportunities
Be part of one of New England’s premier historic sites and gain valuable skills, knowledge and experience in history, literature, museum studies and functions. 

When you volunteer at The House of the Seven Gables, we work to match your skills, interests and availability with our needs. There are many volunteer opportunities at our organization, including docent, museum store, costuming… just to mention a few. If you're interested in volunteering, please fill out an application and let us know where you would like to volunteer. When you become a volunteer you receive a free individual membership as well as 20% off in our Museum Store.

To view a list of available volunteer opportunities at The House of the Seven Gables,please visit

For more information or to apply for a career/volunteer opportunity, please contact Melissa Reynolds, Human Resources Manager, at 978-744-0991 ext. 111, or
If you visited The House of the Seven Gables in 2015, please take this quick survey from Destination Salem.
Meet the Author: Mark Beauregard
Before the lecture, meet with author Mark Beauregard on The Gables seaside lawn for a wine and cheese reception. We are delighted to give you the chance to chat with Mr. Beauregard upon the release of his work of historical fiction, The Whale: A Love Story.
This meet and greet is only for members and donors of $100 or more to our Annual Appeal or Secret Rooms campaign. To learn more about how to become a Gables member and join this event, please visit:

To reserve your spot for this private event, please email, or call 978-744-0991 ext.104
Upcoming Events 
Coming up in June

June 4, 2016

17th-Century Saturdays at The House of the Seven Gables
Kick off 17th-Century Saturdays with free admission to our gardens and grounds, or bring the family and stop by the Hooper-Hathaway House for our Living History Labs. Guided tours of The House of the Seven Gables are free for members and Salem residents. Regular admission costs for guided house tours apply to the general public.
For questions please contact

June 12, 2016

Caroline's Circle of Friends Walking Tour at Harmony Grove Cemetery
Join Irene Axelrod, historian, lecturer, and former research librarian at the Phillips Library of the Peabody Essex Museum and Margie Lavender, executive administrator of Harmony Grove Cemetery for a walking tour one of Salem’s historic garden cemeteries, to learn about the life and legacy of Caroline Emmerton and her circle of friends. Caroline Emmerton was the founder of The House of the Seven Gables who preserved a number of historic structures and provided settlement house services to the Derby Street neighborhood. 

The walking tour is free and co-presented with Harmony Grove Cemetery. The group will meet at Harmony Grove Cemetery Chapel.
Please call (978) 744-0554 to RSVP. 
For questions please contact

June 15, 2016
Community Conversation -
 What Are The Ties That Bind?

Henriette Lazaridis, author of The Clover House, will explore immigration-related themes of exile and nostalgia, belonging, and identity from the perspective of a modern Greek-American family. Reflecting on every immigrant’s rite of passage in becoming part of a new country, her topic will be: What Are the Ties That Bind?
For questions please contact

June 22, 2016
Seven Lectures -
Hawthorne's Secret

When the House of the Seven Gables opened as a museum in 1910, Caroline Emmerton recognized the
importance of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s literary fame in attracting visitors to the site. The tradition continues with author Mark Beauregard who will discuss his new novel, The Whale: A Love Story, which explores the intense relationship between Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville and their surprising influence on each other's work.
For questions please contact

Coming up in July

July 2, 2016

17-Century Saturdays at The House of the Seven Gables
17th-Century Saturdays continues with free admission to our gardens and grounds. Bring the family and stop by the Hooper-Hathaway House for our Living History Labs. Guided tours of The House of the Seven Gables are free for members and Salem residents. Regular admission costs for guided house tours apply to the general public.
For questions please contact

Weekends this summer starting July 2, 2016

Living History Labs
During the 150th birthday commemoration of our founder Caroline Emmerton, kids and kids-at-heart can take part in our hands-on history programming that will feature activities inspired by the earliest days of The House of the Seven Gables Settlement House. Included with admission.
For questions please contact

July 4, 2016

Celebrate the Fourth at The Gables
The House of the Seven Gables will once again host friends and family to celebrate America's and Nathaniel Hawthorne's birthday during the extraordinary fireworks display over Salem Harbor. This invitation-only event is for members of The Gables and their friends and family.
For questions please contact
What's Happening in Settlement?

Salem students in grades 3-5 are welcome to join us for a summer of discovery that will weave together the tales of two regions, the Caribbean and New England, and offer a richer, fuller picture of American history.
Registration is open for the Caribbean Connections Summer School Program. Caribbean Connections is offered to Salem students as a way to share the untold stories that were involved in building Salem’s wealth during the Great Age of Sail. The five-week program will be offered July 5 - August 5, 2016 and will offer teachers and students an amplified perspective of the role that slavery played in building the wealth of Salem’s richest individuals.
The dual-language program includes lessons about global and local history as well as language art skill building in both English and Spanish. Several field trips during the program allow students to explore their region and learn about Salem’s connection to the world.
Sponsored by The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association, with generous support provided by Breckenridge Capital and MiddleOak, this year’s program will take place at Saint Peter’s Church. Breakfast and lunch will be provided thanks to Salem’s Summer Meals program. Classes take place Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact our Settlement Partnerships Manager Ana Nuncio at 978-744-0991 x105 or via email at Space is limited for this program.
 What's Happening in Preservation

In 2012, The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association developed a long term, comprehensive campus plan. The first priority of this plan was to address critical preservation projects, including replacing the roofs on several historic structures. According to Historic New England’s preservation site [
], the proper treatment and care for a roof is important not only for the preservation and protection of the resource but it is a major part of the overall character and interpretation of the structure and site.  Despite proactive maintenance, the roof is a sacrificial layer for protecting the building and will ultimately require replacement.
Over the past two years, The Gables installed new, period appropriate roofs on the Hooper Hathaway House (1682) and the Nathaniel Hawthorne Birthplace (1750).  We are now in the process of replacing the roof of the oldest building on our property—the Retire Becket House, built in 1655. A special team was brought in for the first step in the process—the removal of the asbestos shingles. After the removal was completed, the cedar shakes were painstakingly installed. The final steps will include repairs to gutters and the inspection of the chimney for masonry and flashing issues.
Good roofing practices help to secure the envelope of any building. As preservation month comes to a close, we are delighted to share several of the preservation projects that we have been able to accomplish. We would not have been able to undertake so much without the support of you, our donors and visitors. Additional funding for the Retire Becket House roof has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, administered through a collaborative arrangement between Mass Development and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. We appreciate their help and yours with preserving our National Historic Landmark Campus.
Hours of Operation
November 2nd-June 30th

Hours subject to change. 
For current hours please visit

Beginning on May 27, we will be open until 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays. 
Starting on July 1 we will be open until 7pm seven days a week

The mission of The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association is to preserve our National Historic Landmark and leverage its power as an icon of American culture to engage diverse audiences and provide educational opportunities for our local immigrant community.

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