The House of the Seven Gables Monthly E-News September 2016
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Gathered at The Gables
By Michaela Gaffney, Summer Intern at The House of the Seven Gables

Gathered at The Gables
was a cookbook created by The House of the Seven Gables to show the connection between their institution and food. Published in 1995, and no longer in print, the cookbook contained recipes that call for ingredients that could have been found in the home during America’s trading voyages between China and the West Indies over 300 years ago. These recipes may have been taught during settlement classes over 100 years ago.

The first two families to live in The House of the Seven Gables, the Turners and the Ingersolls, were wealthy merchant families. They made their money by trading with places like the West Indies and China. This trade made exotic foods and spices available to wealthy families. Middle or lower class families had no access to these goods based on location and price. Caroline Emmerton held classes for young girls to learn how to cook and take care of a household. Cookbooks published long after these early programs, like Gathered at The Gables, keep the spirit of Caroline Emmerton and her settlement programs alive.

Below are two recipes from the book that you can feel free to make at home:
The Easiest Chicken Dish (Serves 6)

8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 (10 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
¼ cup white wine
Paprika to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Rinse the chicken breasts and pat dry. Arrange the chicken in a 9x13-inch baking dish.

Combine the soup and the sour cream in a bowl; mix well. Spoon evenly over the chicken. Drizzle with the wine. Sprinkle with the paprika.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Fluffy Cheesecake (Serves 8)

11 whole graham crackers, crushed
¼ cup melted butter
11 ounces cream cheese, softened
¾ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 egg yolks
2 egg whites
1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons sugar

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Combine the graham cracker crumbs with the melted butter in a bowl; mix well. Line a 10-inch pie plate with the mixture, pressing firmly.

Beat the cream cheese with ¾ cup sugar in a bowl until smooth. Add the vanilla and the egg yolks; mix well.

Beat the egg whites until stiff. Fold into the cream cheese mixture gently. Spoon in to the prepared pie plate.

Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes.

Mix the sour cream with 2 tablespoons sugar in a bowl. Spread over the cheesecake gently.

Bake at 400 degrees for 5 minutes. Let stand until cool.

Chill in the refrigerator overnight. May serve with fresh strawberries or other choice of topping.
Taste of The Gables

You’re invited to the fourth annual Taste of The Gables, our signature fundraiser on Sunday, September 18th at 5:30pm. Join us for an unforgettable evening of camaraderie and fun with delicious offerings from local chefs and vendors, exciting auction items, and a celebrity auctioneer!  Celebrated under the big white tent on our oceanfront lawn, this is the can’t miss event of the season. The tastings are fabulous, from Finz’ raw bar and Woodman’s incredible display, to Tim Hopkins gourmet specialties and the Hawthorne Hotel’s mouthwatering plates. Enjoy a sample from Harbor Sweets impressive table of handmade chocolates, or Café Avellino’s Italian delicacies!  Sip on a beverage from one of the vendors, wander the seaside gardens, or bid on the array of silent and live auction items.  It is sure to be a quintessential evening of food, fun and philanthropy! 

All proceeds will benefit The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association’s dual mission to educate students from immigrant families and preserve our National Historic Landmark District.

During our year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of Caroline Emmerton’s birth, we will focus on her extraordinary vision as our founder, her philanthropy, and her legacy of contributing to the community. Ms. Emmerton purchased the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion and opened it to the public as The House of the Seven Gables in 1910. She used proceeds from ticket sales to fund Settlement work for immigrant families. Educational programs and social services helped newly arrived immigrants settle into their new surroundings. Today's programs support the current needs of our immigrant community by bolstering the education of at-risk students, helping children and adults develop literacy skills, learn English, achieve citizenship, and reach for higher education goals.

New this year is an opportunity to view many of the silent and live auction items in advance of the event. Check the Bidding for Good website from August 30 to September 16. Visit from a computer or from a mobile device to view items.
You and your friends and family

Taste of The Gables---simply THE BEST event on the North Shore

Sunday, September 18, 5:30pm

115 Derby St., Salem, MA
(limited parking, car pool, check garages/ferry lot)

Reservations can be made at
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Photo courtesy of John Andrews. @socialpalates
Gifts at The Gables

The Museum Store is pleased to offer a new product line of soups and dessert mixes created by Bountiful Pantry.

Some of the selections include Pease Porridge, Heritage Bean Soup, and Apple Spice Rice Pudding.

Sure to please your appetite, easy to prepare, and made with natural ingredients.

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. Volunteers who work at least 15 hours in a year are eligible to 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
Upcoming Events 

Coming up in September

Weekends Through October 2016
and 2:00pm-4:30pm

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

September 3, 2016

17th-Century Saturdays at The House of the Seven Gables
During this program, visitors are invited to step back in time and explore Essex County’s extraordinary collection of homes, buildings, and artifacts from America’s First Period (1625-1725) of European settlement.
For questions please contact

September 15, 2016

Community Conversations: How Can We Reframe the Immigration Debate?
Alexandra Piñeros Shields, Ph.D., Executive Director, Essex County Community Organization, will give an overview of the political and economic dynamics that have shaped U.S immigration policy and affected immigrants from Latin America.
For questions or to RSVP please contact

September 16, 2016

Trails and Sails: Caroline Emmerton's House of the Seven Gables: A Pre-1920 Tour
 Hear the interesting interpretation of the museum as it was shared with the earliest visitors to the famed historic house museum and learn about how research over the years has helped The Gables to share a more accurate story. 
Our historic house museum has limited space for tours. The maximum attendance for this program is 18. This program is free, but pre-registration is required.
For questions or to RSVP please contact

September 18, 2016

Taste of the Gables
Gather with us on this special evening as we celebrate good food, good friends, and supporters. To purchase your tickets for this event, please visit:
For questions or to RSVP please contact

September 21, 2016

Seven Lectures: Bells of Change: Tracing the Story of India's Classical Kathak Dance 
An Author Talk and Performance from Anjali Duva

Anjali will tell the story of this classical art form as it traveled through India’s tumultuous history
For questions or to RSVP please contact

September 24, 2016

Trails and Sails: A Colonial Revival Q&A 
Join longtime Gables head gardener Robyn Kantor for a brief overview and Q&A related to the Colonial Revival seaside gardens at The House of the Seven Gables.
For questions or to RSVP please contact

September 25, 2016

Trails and Sails: Caroline Emmerton: A Woman of Letters
We are delighted to be able to offer this delightful lecture from David Moffat, lead tour guide and historian at The House of the Seven Gables as he looks into rare archival material related to one of Salem’s most influential women of the twentieth century.
For questions or to RSVP please contact

Coming up in October
Select Weekends at The House of the Seven Gables

October Perfromances: Legacy of the Hanging Judge and Spirits of the Gables

Legacy of the Hanging Judge takes visitors through Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Birthplace to witness the events of the infamous Salem Witch Trials, and meet the author, his infamous ancestor, Judge John Hathorne, and others affected by the tragic events of 1692.

During Spirits of the Gables, 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.

What's Happening in Settlement?

The Gables’ summer enrichment program, Caribbean Connections, ended on August 5th with exhilarating results.  This year’s programming was characterized by more comings and goings than in previous years, and the movements of students from St. Peter’s / San Pedro Episcopal Church (where the program was housed this year) to various historical sites in Salem, Lowell, and nearby Bakers Island, transformed students and teachers.

What made the earth move under our feet?  For students, it was the opportunity to glimpse new horizons and taste new opportunities.  For teachers, first-hand knowledge of homelessness in our community brought new realizations and professional growth. Towards the end of the program, one student’s family became homeless, but that student still showed up for class, bravely rehearsing her role in a play about moral courage and social justice.

We thank our partners Essex Heritage, the National Park Service, the Salem Summer Meals program, St. Peter’s / San Pedro Episcopal Church, Salem State University, and LEAP/Salem at Sea for helping us enrich and expand the Caribbean Connections experience this year.
What's Happening in Preservation

The House of the Seven Gables has a dual mission—preservation and education. Our staff takes both parts of the mission seriously and we need your help. Our museum campus consists of seven historic structures ranging in dates from c.1665 to the early twentieth century. There is always a window to be fixed, a structure to be painted, a roof to be repaired, or a heating system to overhaul. In the past, funds raised at Taste of The Gables have helped us complete important historic preservation projects, and your attendance at this year’s event will help us to continue our great work in 2017.

Hours of Operation
July 1st-October 30th

Hours subject to change. 
For current hours please visit

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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