Each year, The House of the Seven Gables selects a theme to explore through lectures and other thematic events. We invite experts in the relevant areas of study to present their work, discuss the relationship of the theme to The Gables and engage our community in meaningful conversations.
In 2022 we are exploring the theme of “Building Community.” No matter what community you are from, you share a sense of place or identity with those in your circle. The House of the Seven Gables has been a center of Salem’s community for over a century — sharing a rich history with visitors from around the globe and providing educational resources for people in Greater Salem. To learn more about our programs and register to attend, please visit our Events page.
In keeping with our Settlement mission, The Gables hosts a series of community dialogues to address topics on immigration and other social justice issues. Unlike a traditional lecture, Community Conversations encourage discussion between speakers and audience members. We have been proud to partner the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience as well as Community Supported Film for past conversations. (add links for ICSC, https://www.sitesofconscience.org/, and CSF https://csfilm.org/).
In 2022, The Gables is excited to host Community Conversations: Understanding Racism and the Journey of the Race Equity Task Force. These events engage community members in thoughtful and respectful conversation. Shawn Newton, chair of the City of Salem Race Equity Task Force, facilitated the conversations. Mayor Kimberly Driscoll created the Race Equity Task Force in June 2020 to assess policies, services and community systems in Salem, and to address systemic racial disparity. The Task Force surveyed Salem residents from December 23, 2020, through January 8, 2021, asking people to share their experiences and priorities moving forward in five categories: education, economics, culture, public safety and health care. The results of this survey were made available to the public in July 2021, along with the final report.
Each year The House of the Seven Gables presents a variety of theatrical performances centered around Hawthorne, Salem and relevant holidays. We partner with independent actors and groups such as History Alive to bring literary works, characters and even authors to life! In 2022 we will feature a performance of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Scarlet Letter,” a one-man performance titled “Haunted Fables at The Gables,” and a Christmas performance titled “Tis the Season.” For more information on these performances and ticketing please visit our events page.
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Additional programming is planned with a goal to engage our diverse audience with the National Historic Landmark District historic site. Past events have included first-person interpretive experiences, community days, theatrical and musical experiences, and art events. Lectures outside of the Seven Lectures series that highlight the mission and vision of the organization have been offered by outside scholars and staff with particular areas of expertise. If you are interested in presenting at The Gables please call 978-306-7003 or zquinn@7Gables.org.