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Enduring Hawthorne: A Marathon Reading of “The House of the Seven Gables”

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Nathaniel Hawthorne Photo by Brady

Date: July 7, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Salem Maritime National Historic Site will be hosting a marathon read of The House of the Seven Gables! Starting at 7:00 am on Sunday, July 7, and running until probably 7:00 pm (That’s a lot of 7s!), we will read The House of the Seven Gables from beginning to end with the help of many, many volunteers. Join us from the beginning or stop by to listen as the novel progresses.

The Gables have an incredible selection of events and activities planned throughout the day to keep the momentum going.

Garden passes and the marathon reading event will be free in honor of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birthday weekend.

We ask everyone interested in helping to read to please email gavin_gardner@nps.gov. He will be pulling together the volunteer list and reading schedule. Let us know if you want to volunteer for a five-minute reading slot. It is only with your help that we will keep this from becoming “pure and uncontrollable mischief.

Schedule of events (subject to change):

All day: Free garden passes

7:00 – 7:00

Reading on the Hooper-Hathaway Lawn; BYO seating

Lawn games (croquet, cornhole, etc.) Seaside Lawn

POP! Goes The Gables exhibition

8:00 – 11:00

Ferreira Foods coffee and sweet treats in the boat

10:00 – 7:00

Birthplace open for self-guided tours

11:00 – 3:00

Living History Labs: Colonial Toys and Games on the Seaside Lawn

12:00 – 1:00
Local historian Jim McAllister will offer a unique talk about Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short stories entitled A Strange Brew.
1:00 – 6:00
Food and Fun in “The Lot” with The Cow Mobile Ice Cream Parlor, Ferreira Foods, and Lord Hobo Brewing Co, *Please note that food and drink are not included with this event and cash is the preferred payment method to our vendors.*
3:00 – 4:00
Hawthorne 101 and Photo Hunt with the Witch City Writers
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 his book. Document your findings for the chance to win a prize. This event is suitable for all ages.
Added bonus ***
7:30 – 9:00
Hawthorne in Hollywood Film Series Preview with The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage and Peter Krasinski! Enjoy the 1926 version of The Scarlett Letter with live piano. Suggested donation for this event: $10.00.