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Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Program on Our Immigration Experience

October Tickets

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Mansion Tour


Mansion Tour - Senior (65+)


Mansion Tour - Children (Age 5-12)


Grounds Pass*


Children Under 5

FREE – accompanied by an adult

Gables Members


Salem Residents

FREE – proof of residency required

NARM Passholders

FREE – must show card

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The House of the Seven Gables in partnership with Salem State University and the North Shore CDC is hosting a new program series titled “Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Program on Our Immigration Experience.”

“Becoming American” is a series of six two-hour programs (one per month for six months) that are free and open to the public. Programs feature documentary film screenings and discussions led by Salem State University scholar and moderator Professor Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello and are designed to encourage an informed discussion of immigration issues against the backdrop of our country’s immigration history. The series will introduce topics for discussion on immigration by screening documentary films that represent a selection of diverse immigration experiences drawn from both the past and present. Each screening and discussion program is designed as a catalyst for additional learning, inquiry and community dialogue; as well as to help us better understand and celebrate the long history of Settlement work at The House of the Seven Gables.

The House of the Seven Gables is one of thirty-two sites nationwide selected to host this program series which is made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

“Becoming American” is a project of City Lore in collaboration with the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.

“Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience” will run monthly from 6-8pm beginning in December at The House of the Seven Gables.


December 5 – The Century of Immigration: 1820-1924
New York, A Documentary Film: Episode 4, The Power and the People and The Jewish Americans: Episode 2,
A World of Their Own

January 16 – Promise and Prejudice
Welcome to Shelbyville

February 6 – Between Two Worlds: Identity & Acculturation
The New Americans, Episode 1, The Nigerians

March 6 – Help Wanted? Immigration and Work
Destination America, Episode 1, The Golden Door

April 3 – Family and Community
My American Girls

May 1 – Immigration and Popular Culture
The Search for General Tso

We encourage you to participate in this national event at our site. The program series is free and open to the public.

Download the Becoming American Flyer >>


Date: October 31, 2018

Author: Sarah Garriepy

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