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Seven Lectures at Seven Gables

Seven Lectures at Seven Gables is an affordable, substantive lecture series. It is positioned as one of The Gables’ most high-profile, important annual programs, with seven lectures scheduled over twelve months. The series introduces local residents, visitors, members and supporters to ideas and information that illuminate the mission and vision of The Gables as well as honoring the connection to Nathaniel Hawthorne. Historians, artists, authors, celebrities and educators are among the esteemed lecturers.

Community Conversations

The Gables hosts several community dialogues each year. Residents and civic leaders from Salem and surrounding communities are invited to listen, learn and share their thoughts on immigration and immigration reform. The immigration conversations explore some deeply entrenched perceptions and misperceptions that new immigrants and the descendants of earlier generations of immigrants have about each other and sometimes about themselves and their own heritage.

Exhibitions at The Gables

The Gables is committed to one annual exhibition that encourages staff and volunteers to delve into the institution’s 350 years of stories and share them with a wide and diverse audience. New research is presented through exhibitions that feature panels of information and objects from the collections that enhance the story. Each exhibition cycle adds to the understanding of history at the National Historic Landmark District museum campus.

October Evening Performances

Discover one of New England’s most iconic houses and enjoy this charming National Historic Landmark site in a unique and enchanting way during the month of October. On select weekend nights in October, step into the world of Salem author Nathaniel Hawthorne as you experience two dramatic theatrical performances played out within historic houses connected directly to Hawthorne himself. The Legacy of the Hanging Judge and Spirits of The Gables were created in 2001 by local writer Anne Lucas and have been performed on October weekends since then.

Additional programming is planned with a goal to engage our diverse audience with the National Historic Landmark District historic site in unique ways. Past events have included first-person interpretive experiences, community days, theatrical experiences, and art events. Lectures outside of the Seven Lectures series that highlight the mission and vision of the organization have been offered by outside scholars and staff with particular areas of expertise. If you are interested in presenting at The Gables please call 978-744-0991 x152 or