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July 2018

Nathaniel Hawthorne painting

Hawthorne 101 and Photo Hunt

July 21 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Confused by some of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s verbose vocab? The Witch City Writers  will give you a download of the language of 1851 by looking at passages from The House of the Seven Gables. Next, grab your camera and set off to search the grounds of the House of the Seven Gables to find the nooks and niches described by Hawthorne in the book. Document your findings for the chance to win a prize. Thanks to the generosity of Mass Humanities,…

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August 2018

Architectural August with the Marblehead Museum

August 1 - August 31

The House of the Seven Gables (1668) and Jeremiah Lee Mansion Marblehead, MA (1768) both have an important anniversary in 2018.  Celebrate a few centuries of history and see the difference 100 years makes to architectural styles. - Save! Visitors receive $2 off admission with a Marblehead Museum or Gables receipt. - If you are a member of either museum, get into the other free! - Please visit www.marbleheadmuseum.org or www.7gables.org to plan your visit. Unique tours and events at…

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Salem Heritage Days at The Gables

August 3 - August 12

During Salem Heritage Days, we will be offering various programs that highlight 350 years of history at the museum. Activities and programs change daily. Click here for rates, hours, and details to plan your visit. For more information about events around the city, please visit www.salem.org. Events included with admission include (click on links for details): Daily: Living History Labs Daily: Family Navigation Game August 5: Sea Shanties & A Colonial Sailor's Life August 11: Working Horn Trade Demonstration Special events…

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Four centuries of music at The Gables

Gables Fest: Celebrating 350 years of stories and songs

August 4 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate the 350th anniversary of The House of the Seven Gables. Over the course of the day, you will be taken on a journey through 350 years of eclectic music and dance spanning not only the centuries but also the globe, paying homage to our settlement programming and the mission of Caroline Emmerton.  In addition to the programming, there will also be food, drink, and surprises by-the-sea throughout the course of the celebration. Visit https://7gables.org/gables-fest-2018 for a lineup of…

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September 2018

Taste of the Gables

September 16 @ 3:50 pm - 8:00 pm
The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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Join us for our 350th gala fundraiser, Taste of the Gables! All details and a link for tickets can be found here: https://7gables.org/taste-of-the-gables.

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October 2018

St. Andrews Cross

Deliver Us from Evil: Counter-magic in Early New England

October 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Emerson W. Baker of the Salem State University History Department will talk about why folk magic was far more common in colonial New England than most of us realize.  Daisy wheel marks, witch bottles, well-worn shoes by fireplaces or a horseshoe over a doorway are examples of the counter-magic employed to protect homes and families from evil. They are also evidence that New Englanders dabbled in magic, and feared witches and supernatural forces long after the Salem witch trials ended.…

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November 2018

Famous First Lines

November 3 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

"Halfway down a by-street of one of our New England towns stands a rusty wooden house, with seven acutely peaked gables, facing towards various points of the compass, and a huge, clustered chimney in the midst." Nathaniel Hawthorne had hoped to finish The House of the Seven Gables by November, but, like many writers even today, finishing a novel on deadline can be difficult. The Witch City Writers challenges you to a speed writing event using the famous first line of…

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