Celebrate Caroline Emmerton’s Birthday Over April Vacation Week
“Caroline Emmerton (1866 – 1942) was born into a life of wealth and privilege, but also inherited a legacy of service to people who were less fortunate. As a young woman, she was part of the dawning of the Progressive Era. The influence of this era offered Emmerton the opportunity to pursue both historic preservation and social service.” From Caroline Emmerton: An Unbounded Vision, by David Moffat.
In 1916, Emmerton’s Settlement House served the immigrant families living in the neighborhood of the museum. The children often attended classes where they learned household and industrial skills like cooking, woodworking, sewing, and gardening. They and other family members also joined theatrical, musical, and athletic clubs offered through Emmerton’s charity.
Experience our Living History Labs, featuring hands-on activities based off these Settlement House programs of the early-20th century. Play both scientist and historian in ‘lab experiments’ where you practice your sewing, work on your paper folding skills, or play 1916 games.
Living History Labs are included with your admission and happen 11:00 am – 3:00 pm daily from April 13 – 21. On April 17 and April 20, you can also take a class with Miss Emmerton from noon – 2:00 pm.
For more information about our upcoming programs, visit our event calendar >>Tags: caroline emmerton, gables, immigration, popular culture, Salem, settlement house, the house of the seven gables
This post was written by Sarah Garriepy