Events

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 6:30 PM8:30 PM
Join us for a free screening of "Browsing Through Birke's", followed by a panel discussion facilitated by UMass Lowell professor Robert Forrant. Panelists include Szifra Birke and members of Lowell's refugee communities (African, Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern). This documentary profiles a family whose business was well-known for its eccentricity. The Birkes' personal history was less well-known: proprietors Nathan and Sally Birke were Holocaust survivors. At a time when rhetoric about immigrants and refugees makes daily news, the film shows that whatever compels people to flee their homeland can have powerful and long-lasting effects, but human resilience is equally or more powerful.
  • Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street
  • Lowell, Middlesex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 970-5080
  • web: www.uml.edu/tihc-anniversary
  • email: tihc@uml.edu
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Friday, May 5, 2017 6:00 PM
Meet Joan Sullivan, one of John Turner I's indentured servants who lived and worked at The Gables. Through an interactive theatrical performance, learn about her life, tasks, daily challenges, and joys via a unique interpretation. Light refreshments will be available.
  • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
  • Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 744-0991 x152
  • web: www.7Gables.org
  • email: jarrison@7Gables.org
  • cost: advance tickets: $15; $10 for Gables members day of tickets: $17; $12 for Gables members
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, May 6, 2017 Sunday, May 7, 2017
In 2017, The House of the Seven Gables is exploring its history related to work and labor. Life and Labor weekends will take place on first weekends May-September and will feature tours focused on labor in the home, live demonstrations of historic work and crafts, Living History Labs, and guest speakers.
  • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
  • Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: 978-744-0991 x152
  • web: www.7Gables.org
  • email: jarrison@7Gables.org
  • cost: included with general admission; free for Salem residents
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, May 6, 2017 Sunday, May 7, 2017
Life and Labor Guided Tours, at 11:00, 1:00 & 2:00 both days, will explore the work and labor history at The House of the Seven Gables.
  • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
  • Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: 978-744-0991 x152
  • web: www.7Gables.org
  • email: jarrison@7Gables.org
  • cost: included with general admission; free for Salem residents
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Sunday, May 7, 2017 3:00 PM
Meet Joan Sullivan, one of John Turner I's indentured servants who lived and worked at The Gables. Through an interactive theatrical performance, learn about her life, tasks, daily challenges, and joys via a unique interpretation. Light refreshments will be available.
  • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
  • Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 744-0991 x152
  • web: www.7Gables.org
  • email: jarrison@7Gables.org
  • cost: advance tickets: $15; $10 for Gables members day of tickets: $17; $12 for Gables members
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Thursday, May 11, 2017 6:00 PM8:00 PM
Dr. Wendy Warren of Princeton University will be presenting about her book, "New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America." Her work explores the experience of chattel bondage in seventeenth-century New England, illuminating the deadly symbiosis between slavery and colonization in the Atlantic World. A book signing will follow the lecture in our Museum Store.
  • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
  • Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 744-0991 x152
  • web: www.7Gables.org
  • email: jarrison@7Gables.org
  • cost: $7; free for Gables members
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 6:00 PM7:30 PM
Jeanne Kempthorne and Rick Reibstein will talk about the exposure of immigrant labor to harmful pollutants and noise in the landscaping industry. Prof. Reibstein will also address other environmental pollutants, including lead, pesticides, and mold, that affect immigrant and low-income communities.
  • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
  • Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 744-0991 x152
  • web: www.7Gables.org
  • email: jarrison@7Gables.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, June 3, 2017 Sunday, June 4, 2017
Life and Labor Guided Tours, at 11:00, 1:00 & 2:00 both days, will explore the work and labor history at The House of the Seven Gables.
  • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
  • Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: 978-744-0991 x152
  • web: www.7Gables.org
  • email: jarrison@7Gables.org
  • cost: included with general admission; free for Salem residents
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, July 1, 2017 Sunday, July 2, 2017
Life and Labor Guided Tours, at 11:00, 1:00 & 2:00 both days, will explore the work and labor history at The House of the Seven Gables.
  • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
  • Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: 978-744-0991 x152
  • web: www.7Gables.org
  • email: jarrison@7Gables.org
  • cost: included with general admission; free for Salem residents
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Monday, July 3, 2017 6:00PM11:00PM
The Parks Department of Lynn, Ward Councilor Richard Colucci and coordinator Wendy Joseph are partnering with the New Lynn Coalition for our 7th annual reading of the Mass Humanities Program "Reading Frederick Douglass" at the beautiful High Rock Tower Park. All the usual favorites that make up this highly anticipated Community Event over the July 4th weekend are in place; the local musical and dance acts, local food vendors and pony rides are on board are ready for action! Per usual, we are delighted to offer this event Free to the public, Monday July 3rd, 6pm until dark at High Rock Tower Park, ending with the Fireworks display.
  • High Rock Tower Park, Circuit Ave
  • Lynn, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: 617-680-1707
  • email: wendy_joseph@mac.com
  • cost: Free
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:00 PM7:30 PM
Come explore the narrative of racial and sexual danger that arose from the murder of Elsie Wiegel in 1909 and the widespread concerns about interracial and sexual mixing during the era. Join Mary Lui, author and Columbia University professor, in this second 2017 Community Conversation about the murder's far-reaching impacts on white working-class and middle-class women in New York City and beyond.
  • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
  • Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 744-0991 x152
  • web: www.7Gables.org
  • email: jarrison@7Gables.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 6:00 PM8:00 PM
This is the illustrated life history of USS Constitution in a presentation by Naval Historian Margherita Desy. For nearly 150 of her 220-year career, "Old Ironsides" has called Boston her homeport and the two have become inextricably entwined. Desy will review the building of Constitution, the service of U.S. Navy sailors and Marines in the War of 1812 when she battled the Royal Navy, the largest navy in the western world, and the tremendous skill and effort that it takes to preserve a national icon!
  • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
  • Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 744-0991 x152
  • web: www.7Gables.org
  • email: jarrison@7Gables.org
  • cost: $7; free for members
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, August 5, 2017 Sunday, August 6, 2017
Life and Labor Guided Tours, at 11:00, 1:00 & 2:00 both days, will explore the work and labor history at The House of the Seven Gables.
  • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
  • Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 744-0991 x152
  • web: www.7Gables.org
  • email: jarrison@7Gables.org
  • cost: included with general admission; Free for Salem residents
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, September 2, 2017 Sunday, September 3, 2017
Life and Labor Guided Tours, at 11:00, 1:00 & 2:00 both days, will explore the work and labor history at The House of the Seven Gables.
  • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
  • Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 744-0991 x152
  • web: www.7Gables.org
  • email: jarrison@7Gables.org
  • cost: included with general admission; Free for Salem residents
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 6:00 PM8:00 PM
This lecture will illustrate the diversity of domestic service in New England over the 19th and 20th 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.
  • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
  • Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 744-0991 x152
  • web: www.7Gables.org
  • email: jarrison@7Gables.org
  • cost: $7; free for Gables and Historic New England members
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Thursday, September 14, 2017 6:00 PM7:30 PM
Salem State University's Avi Chomsky returns for her second Community Conversation to share the diverse stories about labor and work in the Point neighborhood of Salem. This neighborhood represents an ever-changing fabric of newly arriving immigrants to Salem.
  • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
  • Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 744-0991 x152
  • web: www.7Gables.org
  • email: jarrison@7Gables.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Sunday, September 24, 2017 1:00 PM
This is a walking tour of Salem's Point Neighborhood focusing on the work in the mills and in the homes. What has made this neighborhood of enclaves for immigrant families function through the years? Join us to find out! This program is free as part of Essex National Heritage Area's Trails and Sails events. Space is limited and registration is required. The meeting location will be sent with the reservation confirmation.
  • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
  • Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 744-0991 x152
  • web: www.7Gables.org
  • email: jarrison@7Gables.org
  • cost: free with preregistration
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Thursday, November 2, 2017 6:00 PM8:00 PM
Historical novelist William Martin’s next book, "The Mother Lode," is due out in the fall of 2017. This work continues his lifelong epic of American history with the further adventures of Boston rare-book dealer Peter Fallon and his girlfriend, Evangeline Carrington. This time, they are headed to California, where their search for a lost journal takes them into the history of the Gold Rush and gets them into plenty of trouble, too. The journal follows a group of young men who journey by sea from staid Boston to wild San Francisco, then travel up into the gold country, where they confront greed, racism, and themselves in an epic tale of adventure. Join the author for the final lecture in the Seven Lectures at Seven Gables and learn about his research and writing process. A book signing will follow the lecture.
  • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
  • Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 744-0991 x152
  • web: www.7Gables.org
  • email: jarrison@7Gables.org
  • cost: $7, free for Gables members
  • funded by Mass Humanities

Exhibits

Friday, April 7, 2017 Saturday, September 30, 2017
This annual exhibition will examine life and labor over four centuries and the work roles of those that have worked in the buildings on our site ranging from the slaves to settlement workers. The Seven Lectures at Seven Gables series will welcome authors from around the country to speak on topics that related 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 theatrical experiences in the coming year.
  • National Historic Landmark District museum campus at The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
  • Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 744-0991 x152
  • web: www.7Gables.org
  • email: jarrison@7Gables.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities

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