What a winter this has been! With spring on the way and our staff in full swing, we expect a great year here at The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association! We are pleased to announce our 2015 Settlement Partnerships with Express Yourself, LEAP for Education, Salem Public Schools and The Parent/Child Home Connection Program.
We are also pleased that we have successfully completed the first phase of implementing a new museum management system that will allow us to serve our guests more quickly and efficiently.
Here’s a glimpse of what’s coming under our famous gables this season:
- March 18th, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Launch of our Seven Lectures at Seven Gables series. We will welcome Nathaniel Hawthorne’s great- great-granddaughter, Alison Hawthorne Deming. An accomplished author in her own right, Ms. Deming will discuss her most recent book, Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit.
- April 2nd, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The opening celebration of our five-month long exhibit, A Gracious Host: Visiting The Gables Through the Years.
- April 7th, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Featured lecture by Tad Baker, Salem State University professor and author of the recently published book, A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience.
- School Vacation Week, April 18th – 26th, interactive program “Constructing History at the Gables” for families to enjoy.
Later in the spring, look for our new visitor’s guide to our historic gardens and the unveiling of our new brick walkway. As always, we will continue to preserve our historic campus. Work is currently underway on the Joshua Phippen House (c. 1782), and new period appropriate roofs will be installed on the Retire Beckett House (1655) and Nathaniel
Hawthorne’s Birthplace (c. 1750).
While all this is going on, we are also planning for the future. As two major milestones approach, excitement is building around two upcoming celebrations. The year 2016 will mark the 150th anniversary of our founder, Caroline Emmerton’s birth. And in 2018, the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion will be 350 years old! We have so much to look forward to!
I once again offer my thanks to the staff, Trustees and supporters like you who make our accomplishments possible.
This post was written by Julie Arrison-Bishop