The House of the Seven Gables Monthly E-News November 2015
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A Whole New View From The Gables
Another fantastic October in Salem has come to an end, and we look ahead to the holiday season.  Beyond that, the coming year marks a milestone in the history of The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association. In the year 2016, we will celebrate the 150th birthday of our founder, Caroline Osgood Emmerton with a special exhibition, lectures, and events. Emmerton was a visionary philanthropist and preservationist, who wanted to share with the world the wonderful history of The House of the Seven Gables, and enrich her community at the same time.  

Today, more than a century after the founding of The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association by Ms. Emmerton in 1910, we want to share with you, our members and supporters, all of the events and happenings at The Gables in a new way. But we would like your feedback. We would like to provide a new, monthly e-news that will be sent out at the beginning of every month with upcoming events, featured articles, mission-specific updates, and more.  Each month will have a theme and important information regarding our site for that month. Rather than receiving numerous, scattered e-mails about upcoming events and programs, this new system will allow us to communicate with you, our supporters, on a more consistent and timely basis, and keep you up to date on all of the things going on at The Gables.

In addition to the monthly e-news, we would also send a members-only quarterly print publication with substantial articles and more in-depth insights into what is going on here at The Gables. This quarterly publication would include 3 journals and 1 annual report.  As a membership benefit, this publication will supplement the monthly e-news by providing a more detailed look at The Gables, and will only go out to members.  

We would love for you to provide your feedback on this new format of communication. Please participate by clicking the link to a short, 3-question survey below and let us know what you think.

Thank you.

Giving Tuesday on December 1st
Giving Tuesday is a special day for non-profits to reach out to supporters.  The House of the Seven Gables is asking for your support!

Please give to our Annual Appeal and help provide educational programs to at-risk immigrant families AND help preserve the historic houses on our campus.
Give or Pledge to our Secret Rooms Campaign and become a part of a new exciting effort to restore, interpret and open first-period spaces in The Gables mansion! 
Photo of the Month  #h7gables
Use the hashtag #h7gables and we might select your image as our Photo of the Month.

Photo courtesy of @thegraychampion
From Our Dining Room To Yours
The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association is partnering with the Salem based charity It Starts with Me ( to help provide 150+ complete Thanksgiving dinners for local families. It Starts With Me has been managing this drive since 2009 when nine families were served. Demands have increased greatly over the years and the Gables is proud to help support this community event.
Along with other sites around the city, the Gables will be collecting non-perishable goods including gravy, roasting tins, stuffing, canned vegetables, bottled juice, cranberry sauce, cooking oil, and gift cards to Market Basket which will be
used to purchase turkeys and other perishable goods.
When you bring your donations to the House of the Seven Gables, you will receive a 10% off museum store coupon, good for the month of November. Please bring your donations to the Seamans' Visitor Center at 115 Derby Street by November 22. For questions, please be in touch with Special Projects Manager Julie Arrison-Bishop at

Gifts at The Gables
Our pewter Thanksgiving spoon is a great idea to bring as a hostess gift on November 26th. It has a traditional New England look, and depicts the Pilgrims landing in 1620. A lasting keepsake to grace the table, it can be brought out each year with the annual family gathering. 

Available for purchase at The House of the Seven Gables Museum Store. Can't make it to our Museum Store? Call Everett at 978-744-0991 x 195 and we can have this item shipped to you.

Upcoming Events 
 November 2-22, 2015
Thanksgiving Drive
Donation drive to provide 150 Thanksgiving dinners to North Shore families.
Donate during open hours

November 12, 2015

Immigration Conversations
Where Do We Go From Here? 
Community Roundtable Discussion with Professor Westy Egmont


November 18, 2015
Seven Lectures Series

The Map of True Places
A Lecture with Brunonia Barry
Part of Salem Lit. Fest. 2015

November 28, 2015
The Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex
A Lecture with Carlo DeVito


Coming up in December:

December 13, 2015

Home for the Holidays
Festive family programming.
Free and open to all.


For more information or to RSVP to our events, please contact Ryan at 978-744-0991 x104 or
What's Happening in Settlement?
On Saturday, Nov. 14th, The Gables will honor Nadely Nuñez, a sophomore at Salem High School, who will receive a House of the Seven Gables $500 scholarship for her demonstrated leadership and strong academic standing during the past school year.
Ms. Nuñez was nominated for this honor by instructors from Salem High, LEAP for Education, and the Salem at Sea team at Salem State University.  The Gables awards the $500 scholarships yearly to young people through its community partners, who work with the students on various kinds of programs that serve immigrant students and other at-risk youth in Salem.
The other Gables scholarship award  was given earlier this year to Amanda Castillo, student leader in our partnership with Express Yourself, an organization that serves teen through impressive arts immersion programming.  Amanda was also a sophomore when she was first awarded a Gables scholarship.  Last June she graduated from Salem High School, having earned a total of $1500 scholarship money from The Gables for her continuing leadership.  She plans to use her scholarship money to pursue a degree in nursing at Salem State University.
What's Happening in Preservation
The restoration of the roof on the Hawthorne Birth House is complete. Work on the roof was completed this October, but work on the gutters is ongoing. New red cedar shingles were added to maintain historical accuracy. Funding for restoration was supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Salem CPA. 

Membership at The House of the Seven Gables grants you free admission to our guided tours and grounds, free or discounted lectures and exhibits, exclusive invitations to member-only tours and events, and much more.  

If you are not yet a member of The House of the Seven Gables, CLICK HERE to learn more, or contact Alyssa at 978-744-0991 x 109, or

Hours of Operation
November 2nd-June 26th

Hours subject to change. 
For current hours please visit

Please note: The House of the Seven Gables will be closed on Thanksgiving day.  We will reopen on Friday, November 27th at 10am. 

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.
115 Derby Street | Salem, MA 01970 |