POP! Goes The Gables…more than a fun exhibit!

March 28, 2019 Published By Julie Arrison-Bishop

The month of April is going to POP at The Gables. We have some exciting events planned that you don’t want to miss!

On April 3, our fifth Becoming American community conversation event will take place in our visitor center at 6:00 p.m. The selected film is My American Girls and we’ll be exploring the theme of “Family and Community.” How do family ties and community institutions play an essential role in successful migration and adaptation to American life? Following the film, join Professor Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello from  Salem State University’s American Studies Department for a discussion on the topic. This program is free and open to the public. To register, click here, email erincon@7gables.org or call 978-306-7001.

We have lots of fun planned for the opening of POP! Goes The Gables on Friday, April 5. The party goes from 5:00 – 7:00 and includes live piano music with the talented Claude Fournier, music trivia, appearances by Wonder Woman and Batman, a 1978 Gables video game, and more! Be among the first to view our exhibit and chat with staff about what they’ve learned from their research. Our 2019 exhibit will explore how Hawthorne’s novel and our 1668 mansion have influenced pop culture over the centuries. Light snacks and a cash bar will be available.

We also have the first two lectures of the Seven Lectures at Seven Gables series just around the corner. On April 11, local musician and historian Ryan H. Walsh will be here to talk about Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968. This talk promises to be “A mind-expanding dive into a lost chapter of 1968, featuring the famous and forgotten: Van Morrison, folkie-turned-cult-leader Mel Lyman, Timothy Leary, James Brown, and many more.” On April 28, meet Bob Thompson, the founding director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture and a Trustee Professor of Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University. Professor Thompson will talk about television history with a special focus on Bewitched. After the event, Adam-Michael James, author of The Bewitched Continuum, will be on-hand with his book and additional information about the show.

At the end of the month, join us for an InstaMeet at The Gables. We’re offering this event in partnership with ArtWeek Boston on Sunday, April 28. It’s a unique chance to come behind the barriers and show off your iPhone skills while taking once-in-a-lifetime images.

Gables members are welcome free at all of these events. Not a member? We invite you to join us! We have a lot in store for 2019 and you don’t want to miss out!

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This post was written by Julie Arrison-Bishop