Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.
There is no doubt that we are in trying times right now as a collective society. We value our visitors from around the globe and want to take this time of social distancing and bring you into our historic site for a chance to learn about the past while taking a respite from the present.
On this page, you’ll find links to images, videos, and at-home learning resources. This page is a work in progress as we gather information from our partners.
We look forward to welcoming visitors as soon as we can. It’s not the same without you here.
-The House of the Seven Gables Staff
We understand that everyone is feeling the economic pressure of this crisis. If you have the means to offer a small show of support to The House of the Seven Gables, please do. You can make a donation or join us as a member.
Lectures at Seven Gables
Enjoy this series of talks previously filmed at The House of the Seven Gables by Salem Access Television. Click on the lecture title to view.
|The Founding of the Immigrant Learning Center||Diane Portnoy|
|Missing Gables and a Secret Staircase||Timothy Orwig|
|Strong Women of The Gables||Robin Woodman|
|Map of True Places||Brunonia Barry|
In 2015 we launched our Community Conversations series to bring the topics of immigration to a wider audience. Click on the conversation title to view.
|How Immigration Became Illegal||Avi Chomsky|
|Immigrants as Assets||Denzil Mohammed
|What Are The Ties That Bind?||Henrietta Lazaridis|
Over the past few years, The House of the Seven Gables has been creating an annual exhibition to highlight the unique aspects of the organization. You can check out the digital versions of those exhibits here. Click on the exhibit title to view.
|2015||A Gracious Host|
|2016||Caroline Emmerton: An Unbounded Vision|
|2017||Life and Labor Over Four Centuries|
|2018||These Walls DO Talk|
|2019||POP! Goes The Gables|
Even though our historic site isn’t open, we hope that you can find some inspiration from The Gables. If you are out on a neighborhood walk, you can peek at our historic buildings, see if the tulips have popped up, and maybe even see Lucky the Cat wandering the grounds.
Witch City Writers have prepared some fun events that can be done at home or on the occasions our grounds are open.
- Poetry “Workshop” featuring Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Ocean
- Hawthorne 101 and Scavenger Hunt
- Take the first line of a favorite novel and make the story your own…might we suggest, “Halfway down a by-street stands a rusty wooden house…”
At-home Learning Resources
Are you an accidental home school parent? We’ve been working on some resources with our team and community volunteers for you. Ages vary by activity and interest level.
- Teacher Resources include Hawthorne for High School and the Progressive Era
- Google Expedition based on the Legacy of the Hanging Judge performance (search for Nathaniel Hawthorne)
- UniGuide Audio Tour of our gardens and grounds (open intermittently; most stops can be seen from the perimeter); there are a number of other Salem walking tours!
- Free audio book of The House of the Seven Gables from LibriVox; many other classic tales can be found on this site.
We’d love for you to stay connected with us over this crisis period. Share a picture on Instagram (@h7gables, #h7g), tweet to us (@h7gables, #h7g), or watch a video on YouTube. We’re also on Facebook.