Images of America: The House of the Seven Gables Book Panel
SALEM — The community is invited to join Ryan Conary, David Moffat and Everett Philbrook for an in-depth, entertaining conversation about findings made while working on their new book, “Images of America: The House of the Seven Gables.” Their presentation is Saturday, March 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Gables Visitor Center, 115 Derby St., Salem, Mass. Some parking is available. Members are welcome, free of charge. Admission for nonmembers is $10.
This team of authors — all staff members at The Gables — made a number of discoveries about the history of the iconic mansion while conducting their research. They also uncovered heretofore unknown stories behind some of the 200 rare photographs featured in the book.
The House of the Seven Gables, known previously as The Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, is 350 years old this year. It is one of the nation’s oldest homes and one of its first historic house museums. Built by a prosperous sea captain who later died at sea, it stood during the tumultuous witch trials and, in 1910, was opened to all for tours by Salem philanthropist Caroline Emmerton. Proceeds were used to support The Gables Settlement Association work with the region’s immigrants that continues to this day.
The researchers pored over The Gables’ archives as well as documents from other institutions to curate their book that features a century of photographs. Copies of the book will be available in the Museum Store before and after the lecture.
About The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association
The mission of The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association is to preserve The Gables’ National Historic Landmark and leverage its power as an icon of American culture to engage diverse audiences and provide education opportunities for the local immigrant community. For more information visit www.7gables.org.
In 2018, The House of the Seven Gables celebrates a singular milestone. Built 350 years ago, it is still a place where stories are made. Ever the provider of shelter and support, The House of the Seven Gables inspires us as it once inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne. Where sea captains once found their footing, immigrants become citizens, visitors explore period rooms, historians pore over archives, children frolic in the gardens, and authors find inspiration. Celebrate this milestone with us and make your own stories at The House of the Seven Gables.
Ryan Conary, Everett Philbrook and David Moffat — all members of The House of the Gables’ staff — talk about discoveries made while researching their new book of historical Salem photographs.
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This post was written by Julie Arrison-Bishop