Famous First Lines

“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…

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Real Smuggling Stories from Captain Derby’s Wharf

Visit Salem Maritime National Historic Site for a special “Wicked Wednesday” program where Park Rangers will bring forward stories of the American Revolution that have…

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Patriotic Purchases: American Shoes During the Revolution

Kimberly Alexander is the author of Treasures Afoot: Shoes Stores from the Georgian Era, (John Hopkins University Press 2108) and Fashioning the New England Family…

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Wicked Wednesdays at The Gables

Join us on Wednesdays in October for wicked good family fun at The House of the Seven Gables! On October 10, 17 and 24 we’ll…

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The Colonial Kitchen: Food Without Fire

There was a lot of baking, boiling and roasting in a colonial kitchen. However, not everything needed flames. Come lend a hand to some fireless…

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Legacy of the Hanging Judge

In 1692 the Salem Witch Trials wrought havoc on a small New England community. “Legacy of the Hanging Judge” replays the events in the words…

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Imprisoned! 1692

Experience the horrors of the Old Witch Gaol (jail), the actual location where many accused were held during the infamous trials. There’s no turning back…

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

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…

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When the Going Gets Weird

Get in the Halloween spirit with Jim’s entertaining collection of North Shore tales “that just beg to be told”. Topics will include UFO’s, sea serpents,…

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Fallen Heroes: Salem’s Unique Connection to the War of 1812

“Don’t give up the ship” were the famous last words of Captain James Lawrence as his ship USS Chesapeake succumbed to HMS Shannon off the…

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Essex County Salt Tour

During the mid-seventeenth century, the “Ironworks at Lynn” manufactured large cast iron “salt pans” for the purpose of evaporating seawater to make salt. During the…

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History & Nature Scavenger Hunt

Visit Greenlawn Cemetery and complete the scavenger hunt while helping raise awareness and funding to restore the stunning Dickson Memorial Chapel and Conservatory and preserve…

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Guided Tour of Empresses of China’s Forbidden City Exhibition

This exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum is the first to explore the role of empresses in shaping China’s last dynasty- the Qing dynasty –…

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Dignity Unbound: A History of Helping in Salem

Salem historian Jim McAllister hosts a lecture in support of the Samaritan Charitable Society of Salem. Tickets ($35 at the door, students free with ID)…

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Dating Historic Houses in Salem and Essex County

Join the Old House Whisperer, John Cole, for a special lecture on how to date historic homes. John will identify the tell-tale signs that show…

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Annual Saugus Iron Pour

Visit Saugus Iron Works for the annual iron pour! The iron pour is part of Essex Heritage “Trails and Sails” and our ongoing celebration of…

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