The House of the Seven Gables Monthly E-News January 2016
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From all of us at The House of the Seven Gables, we want to wish you a safe, happy and healthy new year!
 Photo of the Month  #h7gables
Use the hashtag #h7gables and we might select your image as our Photo of the Month.

Photo courtesy of Lightshed Photography Studio.  @Lightshed_Photo
Shutdown Does Not Mean Slowdown
Though we may not play host to the masses as we do in October, winter here at The Gables does not mean idleness.  Rather, it is a time of labor, reflection and planning.  In fact, our annual shutdown, January 1-14, gives us the chance to accomplish some larger projects that would not be possible at other times of the year. 

I am sure at this time of the year many of you are in the same boat as we are; faced with the daunting task of pulling down the decorations of the season, finding them homes in dark attics and in already full closets, dusting the mantles, polishing the furniture, and scrubbing a floor or two for good measure. 
The Puritan work ethic will be in full force as curatorial, guide and maintenance staff clean and care for our large collection of 17th, 18th and 19th century furniture, porcelain and glassware.   In some cases this requires re-arranging all of the items in our historic rooms and then putting them all back again.  Special materials and extra special handling is required, of course. 

During this time, our maintenance staff will be ‘mending the fences’ so to speak.  They will make repairs and lay in the supplies for the winter fight against the snow and ice.  The deep cleaning of the tile and carpets of our more modern areas, like The Seaman’s Visitor Center, will also be in order.
By the time we re-open on January 15, everything will be shipshape and Bristol fashion.  So stop by and see for yourself!
Weddings at The Gables

Did you or a friend/family member get engaged over the holidays? Why not have the wedding, reception, or both here at The House of the Seven Gables. 

Imagine your special day, surrounded with the rich history of a house made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The old mansion towers in the background as your guests arrive in our lovely gardens.

The seaside lawn is a beautiful site for a wedding, reception, or business event. It is also a memorable location for a special dinner or cocktail party. The combination of wonderful Colonial Revival gardens, 17th-century historic homes, and a spectacular ocean-front creates a day that you and your guests will long cherish.

We offer flexible options and a range of venues to choose from, like our ocean-front lawn which can accommodate more than 200 guests, to the 325-year old Hooper-Hathaway House for intimate gatherings up to 50 guests.

Here is what one recent guest had to say about their experience at The Gables:

From WeddingWire:

"We had our wedding here labor day weekend and it was 1000 times better than we could have ever imagined. The value is amazing. My husband and I wanted to have our reception on the water but also didn't have 8,000 in our budget for a reception site. This was the PERFECT spot. We recently got our pictures back and they are amazing. The gardens are beautiful and you cannot beat the view. Deb was our go to person at the house of seven gables. She was very approachable and flexible to all of our ideas and answered all of our questions promptly. She was also there the day of our wedding and helped run everything smoothly..."

For questions about planning your wedding at The House of the Seven Gables, or for more information, please contact Deb Costa at, or at 978-744-0991, ext. 130.  Or, visit our website.
Membership News
In 2016, we’re inviting our members to come behind-the-scenes with the staff at The House of the Seven Gables. On May 16, join our Director of Maintenance and Preservation, Kevin White to learn about historic preservation efforts. Tour the nooks and crannies of our museum campus while learning about how we take care of four centuries of history. There will be two sessions, 11:00-12:00 and 5:00-6:00.
On November 5, join our Collections Care Specialist, Kristen Cunha for a peek into our archives and collections storage facility. Kristen will share stories of some of our best objects and papers rarely seen by the public. There will be two sessions, 10:00-11:00 and 11:00-12:00.
Early in 2016, join Special Projects Manager, Julie Arrison-Bishop for a hard hat style tour of The Gables’ newest project—the secret room. Construction is slated to start in January 2016 and a tour will be scheduled as soon as possible. After the tour, participants will be welcome to share their ideas for the future of the room.
These tours are free and only for members of The House of the Seven Gables. Please call 978-744-0991 x104 or email to save your space. Space is limited and registration is required.
To become a member, please visit:
Gifts at The Gables
One of the most memorable experiences of touring The House of the Seven Gables is climbing up the secret staircase. It takes the visitor by surprise with its steep winding stairs and narrow twists and turns that rise up through the chimney to the attic chamber. The Museum Store has recently added a souvenir to commemorate that experience, and it is through the artistic talent of one of our own staff members that we have been able to obtain it. Our Visitor Services Manager, Daniel Marshall, has created two original hand drawn and colored images of the secret staircase. We have introduced these two images in the Museum Store as postcards, and in the new year they will also be featured on mugs and t-shirts. These images are unique and will please our guests for years to come. 

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 
January 1-14, 2016 
January Shutdown
Annual shutdown for routine maintenaince and preservation. The Gables will reopen on January 15 at 10am.
For questions please contact

Coming up in February:

February 6-7, 2016
Celebrate Salem So Sweet at The Gables
"Sweet" family activities and discounts at the Museum Store.  Please visit our website for details.
For questions please contact

February 13-21, 2016
Constructing History at The Gables
Come in out of the cold and explore how they built houses in Colonial Massachusetts at The House of the Seven Gables.  What worked best?  What failed? How did they learn from their mistakes? Please visit our website for details.
For questions please contact

For more information or to RSVP to our events, please contact Ryan at 978-744-0991 x104 or

2016 Seven Lecture at Seven Gables Series:

March 16, 2016

Dr. Timothy Orwig, Boston University and Northeastern University
"Missing Gables and the Secret Staircase: Joseph Everett Chandler and the Invention of The House of the Seven Gables"

April 27, 2016

Emily Murphy, National Park Service
Untitled Lecture on the Polish community in the Derby Street Neighborhood in Salem

May 25, 2016

Eric Jay Dolin, Award-winning Author
"Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse"

June 22, 2016

Mark Beauregard, Author of The Whale: A Love Story
"Hawthorne's Secret"

August 11, 2016

Ken Turino, Historic New England
Untitled Lecture on the History of the Historic House/Preservation Movement in the United States

September 21, 2016

Anjali Duva, author of Faint Promise of Rain
"Bells of Change: Tracing the Story of India's Classical Kathak Dance - An Author Talk and Performance"

November 16, 2016

Judy Anderson, Social and Cultural Historian
"Splendor in Marblehead a Century After the Turners"

For more information or to RSVP to our events, please contact Ryan at 978-744-0991 x104 or
What's Happening in Settlement?
On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, Ana Nuncio, Manager of Settlement Partnerships at The House of the Seven Gables, was recognized at the North Shore CDC’s Annual Award Dinner for community leaders at the Danversport Yacht Club
She received the “Change Agent” award in recognition of her modern-day work with immigrant students and their families on behalf of The Gables.  Ana directs activities and projects among partnering community organizations to provide educational programming and services to underserved youth in Salem. Along with her work to support the immigrant community of Salem, Ms. Nuncio is president of the Latino Leadership Coalition of Salem and currently serves on the boards of the Salem Award Foundation and Salem Academy Charter School.  She is also a member of IBBY, the International Board of Books for Young People and the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, an organization of educators and librarians throughout the U.S.

 What's Happening in Preservation
The House of the Seven Gables is about to embark on phase two of the Secret Rooms Project. This phase will involve the installation of structural reinforcement to achieve necessary floor stabilization. As The Gables moves forward on the very exciting project, we would like to share some interesting finds that we have encountered thus far.

CLICK HERE to read more about the project on our blog.


Membership at The House of the Seven Gables grants you free admission to our guided tours and grounds, discounts on every purchase at our Museum Store, special rates on lectures and exhibits, exclusive invitations to members-only tours and events, and 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 from January 1-14 for annual scheduled maintenance and preservation. We will reopen to the public on January 15 at 10:00am. 

From January through March 2016, The House of the Seven Gables will be closed on Wednesdays with the exception of February 17 for school vacation week.  

During the week of February 13-21, we will be offering family activities from 11:00-2:00 daily.

During this time, we will also be starting construction on the Secret Rooms Project. Please visit our website for the most up-to-date information about this exciting project.
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.