Women's History at The House of the Seven Gables

The important role that women have played in Salem’s history will be highlighted during Salem Women’s History Day on March 26. Salem Women’s History Day started in 2010 as a way for the community’s cultural organizations to share their distinct stories with local residents. Since its inception, this event has evolved into a day comprised of unique guided tours, lectures, and exhibits that show the depth and breadth of contributions made by women to Salem and the region.
Mayor Kimberly Driscoll has proclaimed March 26 to be Salem Women’s History Day. As a preview to the day, there will be a free lecture, given by Emily Murphy of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site who will share the history of the Narbonne sisters of the nineteenth century. This lecture is presented by the Witch House and will be hosted at the First Church in Salem, UU on March 23 at 6:00 p.m. The Witch House will feature an exhibit exploring the history of International Women’s Day, first celebrated in 1909.  There will be a Salem Women’s History Day self-guided scavenger Hunt available on the Witch House website,
At The Gables, visitors can take advantage of a special tour that shares the story of women of the house over four centuries. We will be hosting two lectures by historians from the Partnership of Historic Bostons. Lori Stokes will talk about The Hidden Lives of Puritan Women at 1:30. Rose Doherty will present Katharine Gibbs: Trailblazing Woman in Business at 2:30. Publications will be available for purchase after each lecture.
All events are free to Salem residents and open to the public with general admission prices. Please visit the partner websites for full details and hours of operation to best plan your day.
Celebrating 350 Years of Stories

Did you know that the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, best known as The House of the Seven Gables, will be turning 350 years old in 2018? Staff and volunteers are in the process of planning a year of extraordinary events to help share and celebrate 350 years of stories that have been a part of our National Historic Landmark District site.
Do you have a great idea or do you want to be considered for our planning committee? Please email Special Projects Manager, Julie Arrison-Bishop at This celebration will be most successful with involvement from our community of neighbors, residents, members, and visitors. We welcome your involvement and feedback.
Stay tuned throughout the rest of this year as we begin to announce events ranging from staged readings to parties on the seaside lawn to family vintage movie nights.
Can we count on you to celebrate with us?
Vote for The Gables as an Essex County Trailblazer

The House of the Seven Gables was one of 131 organizations nominated as an Essex National Heritage Commission “Trailblazer”!  The top twenty vote-getters will be “toasted” at their upcoming gala celebrating their 20th anniversary.
Please help us ensure we are one of those twenty by voting and requesting your friends to vote. While the Gables could arguable be found in any of the four categories presented, we were nominated in the Educational Mission category for “fostering innovative learning experiences.” 
Many people are familiar with the outstanding and highly visible programming offered by The House of the Seven Gables, such as our guided house tours, exhibits, lecture series and school field trips that are enjoyed by thousands of people from the region and around the globe. Equally important, but less visible are our innovative educational and community programs. Examples of these include the Caribbean Connections summer camp program, Adult ESL and Citizenship classes, the Community Conversation series, and Settlement Partnerships in the community.
Photo of the Month
Photo courtesy of @salemweather
Gifts at The Gables

We are fortunate to offer the paintings of Salem artist Sheila Billings in our museum store.

Sheila has painted several different views of The House of the Seven Gables, and other buildings on our campus.

Her work has appeared in many shows and galleries around the North Shore.

This painting and more are 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.
Become a Member Today

The House of the Seven Gables has partnered up with Groupon to bring you a great deal on membership to kick off 2017.

Membership benefits include free guided mansion tours, a discount in the Museum Store, special admission deals for lectures and events, and a chance to go behind the scenes at The Gables with hands-on experiences and specialty tours.  
March 2, 2017
6pm - 8pm

From The Folks Who Brought You The Weekend
Our Seven Lectures at Seven Gables Series kicks off with a talk about labor history in the U.S.
March 22, 2017
6pm - 8pm

What Happens When Police Departments Help With Immigration Enforcement?
Dr. Nik Theodore, who recently completed a study on police involvement in immigration enforcement, will join Salem Police Chief Mary Butler in a discussion about the consequences of this law enforcement partnership.
March 26, 2017
12:30pm - 3:45pm

Salem Women's History Day at The Gables
Celebrate Salem Women's History Day with a special tour and lectures.
April 7, 2017
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Exhibit Opening: Life & Labor Over Four Centuries at The Gables
Be amongst the first to see the new exhibit at The House of the Seven Gables.
April 12, 2017
6pm - 8pm

A World of Work: Daily Life and Labor in Seventeenth-Century Salem
Join Emerson Baker, professor of history at Salem State University, to learn about life in the earliest days of colonial Salem.
June 3, 2017
1:50pm - 5:30pm
A Taste of Derby Street
*Please note the change of date for this event. 


Join us for a delightful tour with Salem Food Tours. Proceeds from the tour will benefit preservation and education programs at The House of the Seven Gables.
June 26 - July 2, 2017
U.S. Senior Open -Salem Country Club
The House of the Seven Gables is pleased to support this once-in-a-lifetime local event.

On March 22nd, Dr. Nik Theodore, who recently completed a study on police involvement in immigration enforcement, will join Salem Police Chief Mary Butler in a discussion about the consequences of this law enforcement partnership.

Dr. Theodore will present results from a 2013 study in which researchers surveyed 2,000 Latinos in four cities regarding their perceptions of police and public safety, given instances of police involvement in immigration enforcement.

Community Conversations are free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended. If you have questions about this event, please contact Ana Nuncio at or call 978-744-0991, ext. 105.

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