The House of the Seven Gables Monthly E-News May 2016
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Monet Once Said...
“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece."

Upon entering our site and gazing across the gentle oasis of our picturesque seaside garden, Monet's words seem all the more vivid and true. The raised beds, in their Jacobean pattern first set out in the early-20th century, still entice the visitor today. In amongst the alyssum, ageratum, and the rocket snapdragons sits the Mrs. Lawrence geranium, one of the signature plants of the garden. Boxwoods stand sentinel at the corners, as two lovely trellises spiral from the center, each entwined with the new dawn rose. Keeping watch over the neighboring foxglove is a wisteria arbor installed in the first half of the 20th century. The twisted limbs wind around and through the trellis, draping the enclosure with summer long greenery. It is only when one is directly underneath that the flowers can be seen.

Bordering the brick pathways that wind through this serene setting there are viburnam, lilacs, honeysuckle, enkianthus, dogwood, and of course hawthorn, which in turn both shroud and reveal many interesting features of our historic site. Accenting the finely manicured lawn is a border that includes globe thistle, yarrow, sedum as well as hosta. These are just a few examples of what can be appreciated on a stroll through our grounds. It is no small wonder that many visitors lose track of the hours as they envelope themselves in this timeless retreat. We hope all our friends and members take the opportunity to visit our lovely grounds this season.
Garden Guide & Map
To enhance your visit to our site this summer, make sure to pick up a Historic Garden Guide & Map at the admissions desk when you buy your tour ticket. The guide and map will help you navigate our famous three-season gardens and will let you discover a whole world of botanical and landscape history at The Gables.

Salem residents are always admitted free when visiting The Gables, so come for a tour, or just to explore the gardens and grounds.

The Historic Garden Guide & Map is available for a donation of any amount at the admissions desk. Suggested donation is $1

Mother's Day Membership
Looking for a Unique Mother’s Day Gift ?

How About an Annual Gables' Membership!

Membership Benefits Include:
  • Free admission for unlimited visits to our campus and guided house tours
  • Free or discounted admission to events such as:
    • Lectures
    • Exhibit openings
    • Taste of The Gables Annual Fundraiser
  • Invitations to Members-only events such as:
    • Behind-the-scenes tours
    • Fourth of July Celebration at The Gables
  • Members-only Print Newsletters
  • Monthly E-News
  • Store discount on all purchases
 Contact Alyssa at (978) 744-0991 x109 or for more info.

 Photo of the Month  #H7G
Use the hashtag #H7G and we might select your image as our Photo of the Month.

Photo courtesy of @northshorelens
Summer Meeting Special
It’s never too early to think about a special summer outing for your company. The House of the Seven Gables has an exceptional offer for Wednesday evenings in August—book now and receive 50% off of your Seaside Lawn rental fee. Treat your staff to a clambake, host a fundraiser for your nonprofit, or enjoy a cocktail party along scenic Salem Harbor.

The Seaside Lawn event rental includes up to five hours of time and an event manager who provides personalized service from the planning of your event until the final guest leaves. The Gables can recommend catering and rental companies that are familiar with our venue and will provide you with excellent service in obtaining a tent, tables, chairs and linens.
Contact Deb Costa at 978-744-0991 x130 to save one of the available Wednesdays in August for your corporate event on our Seaside Lawn.
Gifts at The Gables

The Museum Store is pleased to offer an exclusive water globe made for our historic site.
It features a glass globe enclosing a miniature model of the mansion that sits on a decorative base featuring the buildings on our campus.
It has been many years since such an item was available at our store, just shake it to stir up a glittering snowstorm.

Available in the Museum Store for $12.95

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 x 195 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
Upcoming Events 
Coming up in May

May 12, 2016
Community Conversation -
Will There Ever Be a
Clear Path To Citizenship?

Dan-el Padilla, author of Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League, will give an overview of his own life to address the question, Will There Ever Be a Clear Path to Citizenship?  Despite his exceptional accomplishments as a scholar at Princeton, Oxford, Stanford and at Columbia Universities, he has still not been able to obtain full legal resident status in the United States.
For questions please contact

May 16, 2016
11:00am-12:00pm, and 5:00pm-6:00pm
Behind the Scenes - Preservation at The Gables
On May 16, go behind the scenes at The House of the Seven Gables and learn about how we care for and preserve four centuries of history. This tour is free
and open to members of The House of the Seven Gables only. Limited space. Become a member of The Gables today:
For questions please contact

May 21, 2016 
En Plein Air with Salem
Parks and Rec

Join us on The Gables waterfront lawn on May 21 to paint by the sea. We are partnering with Salem Parks, Recreation, and Community Services in 2016 to offer a variety of enrichment opportunities for local residents, in the tradition of what The House of the Seven Gables Settlement House would have offered over a century ago. Please join Linda Abbene on the back lawn of the historic House of the Seven Gables as she leads the group in painting a Salem waterfront scene.
To register for this event, please visit
events/event/ painting-by-the-sea/

For questions please contact

May 25, 2016
Seven Lectures -
Brilliant Beacons:
A History of the American Lighthouse

Important maritime landmarks dot the coastline. The House of the Seven Gables has been one for four centuries. Even more important to maritime safety,
America’s lighthouses have kept countless ships from wrecking, saved untold lives, and contributed mightily to the growth and prosperity of the nation. Eric Jay Dolin, the author of Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America, will share the dramatic story of these soaring coastal sentinels, using numerous slides to illuminate the beauty and grandeur of America’s lighthouses. 
For questions please contact

Coming up in June

June 12, 2016

Caroline's Circle of Friends Walking Tour at Harmony Grove Cemetery
Join Irene Axelrod 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 this
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
What's Happening in Settlement?

The House of the Seven Gables received a $10,000 grant from Mass Humanities. This grant is not only supporting our Celebrating a Vision programming which honors the 150th birthday of founder Caroline Emmerton, but is also giving The Gables a chance to better communicate with the community that we support through modern settlement work.
The annual exhibit, Caroline Emmerton: An Unbounded Vision, opened to the public on April 8. For the opening, Gables staff worked with a local translator to reproduce the informational panels in Spanish. The 2016 calendar of events related to Miss Emmerton’s birthday was also translated into Spanish. A special bilingual mailer went out to members of the Latino Leadership Coalition for Caroline’s Community: A Celebration for All. This event was our birthday bash which took place on April 23.
Throughout the rest of the year we will be working with our modern settlement community to ensure that we are engaging a new audience with lectures, community conversations, and family programs at The Gables. There is no better time than Caroline Emmerton’s 150th birthday year to welcome all community members to be a part of our history.
 What's Happening in Preservation
Join Kevin White, the longtime Director of Maintenance and Preservation for a special look at historic preservation projects through the years at The House of the Seven Gables. Kevin will share stories ranging from construction techniques to archeological finds. This special tour is free and for members only. There are two available tours on May 16 at 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Please call 978-744-0991 x104 or email to save your place (RSVP required).

To become a member, please visit:
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. 
We will be open until 7pm seven days a week beginning on July 1.

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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