The world is a quieter place these days, but we’re finding many ways to stay busy at The House of the Seven Gables. Our staff is working hard at bringing you live, digital content, making preservation happen, and connecting in the best ways we can!
Right now our historic gardens are popping left and right. Early spring bulbs like daffodils and scilla are adding pops of color everywhere you look. Be sure to follow us on Instagram this week for some live images from our on-site caretaker Bruce C. He’s sharing some of his favorites with all of you. We’ll also be on Instagram Live this Wednesday at 2:00 – join two members of our leadership team and see what we’re doing to keep up with our collections care now and what we have planned for when we reopen!
If you want to connect with us, check out our Gables at Home page. Here you can find lectures, community conversations, and at-home learning opportunities for all ages. We’re excited to be able to share our history and stories with our friends and fans in this way. We also hosted our first virtual tea last week. This members-only event gave us a chance to share a story about one of the objects of our unique collections and have some fun and laughs together. If you’d like to join us as a member and enjoy great events like this, click here.
Our staff has also been staying connected via a weekly social hour. It’s been great to see what our staff are reading, cooking, drinking, and watching (Tiger King, anyone?). One thing that we’ve all said – we cannot wait to welcome you back to our historic site as soon as it is safe to do so!
Our Community Engagement Director has also been working with our scheduled group tours and education programs for this month and next. We are accepting cancellations without penalty. If you are booked with us, feel free to reach out to email@example.com or call 413-530-0831 (work-from-home number) and we’ll be happy to help you out. As of right now all tours and programs are canceled through May 4.
Since we opened in 1910, visitors have always been a major source of support for us to be a welcoming and thriving historic site. Without this income during this time of closure, it is hard for us to keep up with all of the projects that are on the table. If you can make a donation or become a member, the support will help us to go far in the coming weeks.
This post was written by Julie Arrison-Bishop