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July 2017
Wooden Posts and Window | 17th Century Saturdays

17th Century Saturdays at The House of the Seven Gables

July 1, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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During 17th Century Saturdays at The House of the Seven Gables, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in four centuries of history at our National Historic Landmark District site. Enjoy a guided tour of the famed House of the Seven Gables followed by a Living History Lab in the 1682 Hooper-Hathaway House. Our Museum Store is located in the c. 1655 Retire Beckett House—thought to be one of Salem’s oldest homes. Enjoy an audio tour or just a quiet stroll…

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Mary Lui | What Does the "Chinatown Trunk Murder Mystery" Reveal About Social Relations Between Chinese and Non-Chinese Populations in New York City in the Early 20th Century

What Does the “Chinatown Trunk Mystery” Reveal About Social Relations Between Chinese and Non-Chinese Populations in New York City in the Early 20th Century

July 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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Mary Lui of Yale University will explore the resulting narratives of racial and sexual danger after the murder of a young, white missionary in New York City. The “Chinatown Trunk Mystery” revealed widespread concerns about interracial social and sexual mixing during the Chinese Exclusion era. Professor Lui will also examine how the murder case provoked far-reaching concerns about efforts to limit the social and physical mobility of Chinese immigrants and white working-class and middle-class women in this period. Finally, the…

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August 2017
USS Constitution Painting | "This Gallant Crew:" The Builders, Sailors, Marines, and Preservationists of USS Constitution, America's Ship of State

“This Gallant Crew:” The Builders, Sailors, Marines, and Preservationists of USS Constitution, America’s Ship of State

August 2, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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For nearly 150 of her 220-year career, USS Constitution has called Boston her homeport.  From the building of the massive frigate in Boston’s North End, to manning the ship with sailors and Marines through “houses of rendezvous” in the city, to her repairs after battle at the Charlestown Navy Yard, the life of “Old Ironsides” has been inextricably entwined with Boston.  This illustrated presentation will review the building of Constitution, the service of U.S. Navy sailors and Marines in the…

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September 2017
Old Photo Waitress Attire | Voices From the Back Stairs: Domestic Staff in New England

Voices From the Back Stairs: Domestic Staff in New England

September 6, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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Although domestic servants made everyday life in grand homes possible, their identities and roles within the household have long been hidden. This lecture will illustrate the diversity of domestic service in New England over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by focusing on three Historic New England properties. Period domestic manuals, ephemera, and other general material will also bring the lives of servants and relationships with their employers to the foreground. Dr. Jennifer Pustz is the former museum historian at Historic…

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How did the Pequot Mills Strike of 1933 impact the American Labor Movement?

September 14, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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The House of the Seven Gables welcomes back Aviva Chomsky of Salem State University for a Community Conversation about the Pequot Mill Strike of 1933. Chomsky is a professor of history and coordinator of Latin American studies. She has been active in various movements, including Latin American solidarity initiatives and immigrants’ and workers’ rights issues” for her career. The Naumkeag Steam Cotton Company, popularly known as the Pequot Mill, gained national attention in 1933 when workers initiated a wildcat strike—a…

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Life & Labor Graphic | Life & Labor Over Four Centuries at The Gables

Life & Labor Over Four Centuries at The Gables

September 19, 2017
The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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You are invited to explore Life and Labor over Centuries at The House of the Seven Gables in 2017. The Seven Lectures at Seven Gables series will welcome authors from around the country to speak on topics that relate to work and how it has impacted American culture. The popular Community Conversation series will open up dialogue about the impact of labor on modern American immigrants. Besides these signature programs, Gables staff will be offering themed tours, family programs, and…

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Naumkeag Steam Cotton Company Plant

Gendering Work: Mills, Homes, and Everywhere Else in the Industrial Era

September 23, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

*Please note this event is sold out. See details below for how to get onto the wait list. The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association was founded to preserve the famed Turner-Ingersoll Mansion and to provide support services for newly arriving immigrants in 1910. Salem’s Point Neighborhood has long been one of enclaves for immigrant families. Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello will offer a walking tour of the Point neighborhood focusing on the work in the mills, small neighborhood business, and homes,…

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Slavery in the Sources

September 27, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This workshop-style event will provide participants with the opportunity to work with several different kinds of primary resources and hands-on activities to understand slavery. Led by Bethany Jay, co-editor of Understanding and Teaching American Slavery, archivists/educators Andrea Cronin and Zoe Quinn, and museum educator Lindsay Randall, participants will examine dynamic primary resources and discuss how they add to our understanding of the institution of slavery. Free and open to the public. To reserve your spot for this workshop please CLICK…

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November 2017
William Martin | The Mother Lode

Bound for Gold: New Englanders Head for Adventure in 1849

November 2, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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Join New York Times best-selling author William Martin for a sneak peek into his next novel about New Englanders and the California Gold Rush—sure to be a hit next summer when published. Learn about the process for research and the mesmerizing stories about the Gold Rush—one of the grand events that built the nation. Fellow author John Lescroart describes the work as, "epic in scale, eloquent in execution, Bound for Gold is a pure delight. The great Forty-Niner gold rush…

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The Fifth Petal Book Cover

The Fifth Petal

November 25, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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Join Brunonia Barry for a talk about her latest work, The Fifth Petal, at The House of the Seven Gables over Thanksgiving weekend. Barry will talk about her newest book and the inspiration of living and working in Salem, Mass. Her newest work of fiction weaves a thriller with “ a complex brew of suspense, seduction and murder.” A book signing in the Museum Store will follow the lecture. Brunonia Barry is the New York Times and international best-selling author…

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