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June 2019

Saturday, Jun 1
17th Century Saturdays
10:00 am

June 1 kicks off the monthly 17th Century Saturdays celebration in Essex County and at The House of the Seven Gables. First period homes from…

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Saturday, Jun 1
Art & Mysteries Revealed: Fiber Arts
10:00 am

Get your hands into all things fiber! Join The House of the Seven Gables for an exploration into the historical methods of wool production, hand-sewing,…

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Saturday, Jun 1
Historic Tour of Broad Street Cemetery
2:00 pm

Broad Street Cemetery was established in 1655 and is Salem’s second oldest cemetery. Noted burials at the cemetery include a Salem Witch Trials judge, Revolutionary…

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Sunday, Jun 2
Historic Salem’s 75th Anniversary Celebration
6:00 pm

Join us in celebrating 75 years of Historic Salem’s preservation successes and recognizing our partners in preservation! ​ Indian, Indonesian, & Chinese small plates​ Dancing…

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Monday, Jun 10
Lessons of 1692 with Marilynne Roach
7:00 pm

Please join the Witch House for our 7th annual June 10th: Lessons of 1692 lecture featuring Marilynne Roach author of “The Salem Witch Trials :…

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Tuesday, Jun 11
Jim McAllister presents “A Very Cool Evening of Jazz” featuring the Jeff Perry Quartet
7:00 pm

The recipe for a perfect evening: a live performance of the music of jazz greats from Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis, the cozy confines of…

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Wednesday, Jun 12
The Great American Road Trip
6:30 pm

The Great American Road Trip is a product of the growth of the interstate highway system. These roads connected people and places for decades and…

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Saturday, Jun 15
Gedney’s Hidden History: A Neighborhood Walking Tour
10:00 am

During the first half of the twentieth century, Salem’s High, Endicott, and Gedney Streets supported a thriving community of Italian immigrants. Historic New England’s Gedney…

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Thursday, Jun 27
Friends of the Broad Street Cemetery Meeting with Chris Norkum
6:00 pm

Come hear Chris Norkun’s Informal Talk – The Preston-Kingsley Bakery in his backyard at 53 Summer St for much of the 1800s. Plus who of…

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Thursday, Jun 27
In the Shadow of Salem
6:30 pm

Join the Salem Witch Museum for a night with author and historian Richard Hite, as he discusses his new book “In the Shadow of Salem.”…

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Saturday, Jun 29
Mahi Cruises Education Series Featuring Jim McAllister
10:30 am

New to 2019! A four part series featuring a different special guest each cruise! Whether you’re interested in general Salem history, lighthouses, shipwrecks or environmental…

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Saturday, Jun 29
Heritage Films Presentations
11:30 am

Heritage Films will present the following short films Jun 29 at SATV Studios, 285 Derby St., Salem: 11:30 am Salem’s History 12:15 pm: Towns Lost…

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July 2019

Thursday, Jul 4
Harbor Tales with Robert Booth
11:00 am

Join Essex Heritage and historian Robert Booth for an excursion into the history of Salem Harbor from Winter Island to Forest River. Come aboard Naumkeag…

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Saturday, Jul 6
1630’s Printing Demo at The House of the Seven Gables
10:00 am

Today’s rabble rousers, insurrectionists and politicians use Twitter to get the message out. Back in Revolutionary times, they used engraving tools, acid, ink and copper…

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Sunday, Jul 7
Enduring Hawthorne: A Marathon Reading of “The House of the Seven Gables”
7:00 am

Starting at 7:00 AM on Sunday, July 7th, and running until about 7:00 PM that evening, Salem Maritime National Historic Site and The House of…

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Sunday, Jul 7
Hawthorne in Hollywood Film Series Preview
7:30 pm

Did you know that Nathaniel Hawthorne has over 60 film credits to his name? Hawthorne’s work has inspired Hollywood since 1908. Join us at The…

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Saturday, Jul 13
Sidewalk Sale at Waite & Peirce
11:00 am

Waite & Peirce is having a sidewalk sale! If you’re looking for Salem Maritime gear and souvenirs, as well as exotic gifts and teas unique…

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Saturday, Jul 13
“Goodnight, Captain White!”
6:30 pm

History Alive presents Goodnight, Captain White! at the Ipswich Museum. It’s 1830. All friends and well-wishers have been invited to the wealthy captain’s mansion for…

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Saturday, Jul 20
Educational Series: Featuring Raymond Bates with Mahi Cruises
10:30 am

Join us for our second addition to our new Educational Series on Saturday, July 20th 10:30am-12pm featuring Capt. Raymond H. Bates, Jr., driver, lobsterman, and…

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Saturday, Jul 20
This is Not a Bill by Alexia Rowe
9:00 pm

Its 1854. The Fugitive Slave Act promotes the capture of runaway slaves and punishes those who help them. Abolitionist Salem, MA has good opportunities to…

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Wednesday, Jul 31
Trees and Plants of Broad Street Cemetery: An Evening Stroll
6:30 pm

In 1910 city planner Harlan Kelsey called lower Broad Street the only properly parked neighborhood in the City of Salem. Later, he tried to recreate…

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August 2019

Thursday, Aug 1
The Gables Celebrates Salem Heritage Days
10:00 am

During Salem Heritage Days, we are offering various programs which highlight the museum’s connections to our city’s maritime history. The Family Navigation Game: Families are…

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Saturday, Aug 3
Salem Maritime Festival – Constructing a Fishing Weir

Visit Pioneer Village and Derby Wharf during the Salem Maritime Festival for constructing a fishing weir.

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Tuesday, Aug 6
Story Time at the Witch House
5:00 pm

Curious tales for the young to read aloud in the Witch House’s 17th century kitchen. Free. For more information contact 978-744-8815 or email info@witchhouse.info.

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Thursday, Aug 8
Harbor Tales with Robert Booth
5:30 pm

Join Essex Heritage and historian Robert Booth for an excursion into the history of Salem Harbor from Winter Island to Forest River. Come aboard Naumkeag…

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Saturday, Aug 10
World War I Weekend at Bakers Island Light
10:30 am

Join Essex Heritage and on Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11 for a World War I Living History Weekend. With the outbreak of World…

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Tuesday, Aug 13
The Emerald Diamond: The Influence & Role of the Irish on Baseball’s Development
6:30 pm

From the Irish immigrants of the nineteenth century to the women of the World War II era to the array of international talent today, the…

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Friday, Aug 16
Another Picker-nik!
6:30 pm

Salem native Aidan Scrimgeour joins together with Boston-based tap dancer Jenny Herzog for an evening of jazz standards and original music. Aidan has been active…

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Wednesday, Aug 21
Trees & Plants of Broad Street Cemetery: An Evening Stroll
6:30 pm

Come join us! Invite your friends and neighbors!! In 1910 city planner Harlan Kelsey called lower Broad Street the only properly parked neighborhood in the…

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Saturday, Aug 24
Meet the Keepers: Then & Now
10:30 am

Join us at Bakers Island Light Station during the weekend of August 24 & 25 and Meet the Keepers! Receive a special tour by current…

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September 2019

Thursday, Sep 12
Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere
6:30 pm

Today Wonder Woman is a globally recognized character and brand. Her character was developed in the Golden Age of Comic Books (c.1930-1950) by William Moulton…

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Saturday, Sep 14
Salem Spice Festival
12:00 pm

Come celebrate Salem’s four hundred year history of spices, herbs and tea. Vendors, music and seventeenth century recipes! Free admission, donations encouraged!

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Sunday, Sep 15
Taste of the Gables
4:00 pm

Let’s Celebrate! The House of the Seven Gables is feeling especially lucky on this 7th Taste of The Gables! We’re on a roll… and it…

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Monday, Sep 16
Anchor Drop at the Peabody Essex Museum
2:00 pm

In coordination with the opening of its new wing, the Peabody Essex Museum invites the public to join Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll and the museum’s…

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Thursday, Sep 19
Talk with Russ Cohen: Nibbling on Natives in Your Back Yard
3:00 pm

There’s an increasing interest among homeowners, property managers and others to utilize more native species in their landscaping, thanks to books like Doug Tallamy’s Bringing…

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Friday, Sep 20
Ribbon-Cutting and Dedication Ceremony for Charlotte Forten Park
6:00 pm

The City of Salem will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to honor the newly named Charlotte Forten Park located at 289 Derby Street. The ceremony…

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Saturday, Sep 21
Sun Wheel Celebrations
1:00 pm

Come to Pioneer Village: Salem in 1630 to learn traditions and folklore about solstices and equinoxes. Sun Wheel Celebrations will recognize these holidays that mark…

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Tuesday, Sep 24
Lost Lives, New Worlds: Unlocking the Story of the 1650 Scottish Soldiers Buried on Palace Green in Durham, England
7:00 pm

In November 2013, archaeologists discovered the mass grave of Scottish prisoners of war from the 1650 Battle of Dunbar on the grounds of Durham Cathedral…

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Friday, Sep 27
Salem’s Golden Age
3:00 pm

On this walking tour, we’ll explore the landscapes and architecture created by the wealth of Salem’s storied maritime merchant era. We’ll visit the modern shops…

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Saturday, Sep 28
200th Anniversary Celebration of the Salem Custom House
11:00 am

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Salem Custom House at the head of Derby Wharf. Join us as we unload goods from the returned FRIENDSHIP…

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Saturday, Sep 28
History Alive Presents “Homestead”
7:00 pm

Homestead is a new, site-specific play that allows the audience to observe a 17th century colonial family on the brink of panic and witness firsthand…

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Sunday, Sep 29
Trails & Sails

Discover special places in your backyard! Be guided through unique landscapes on land and sea, explore historic properties, and take in cultural experiences of all…

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Sunday, Sep 29
Medicine in Colonial Salem – Witch House
10:00 am

Join us at the Witch House and Pioneer Village for a look at medicinal curiosities from the 17th century. At the Corwin House (a.k.a. the Witch…

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Sunday, Sep 29
The Remond Family of Hamilton Hall and Salem’s African-American Community in the Nineteenth Century
11:00 am

Dr. Donna Seger of the Salem State History Department will give an illustrated presentation on the Remond family of Salem, including John and Nancy Remond…

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Sunday, Sep 29
Medicine in Colonial Salem – Pioneer Village
12:30 pm

Join us at the Witch House and Pioneer Village for a look at medicinal curiosities from the 17th century. At 1630: Pioneer Village, we will feature herbal…

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Sunday, Sep 29
History of Slavery at Salem Maritime
1:00 pm

What comes to mind when you think of American slavery? Join us Sunday, September 29th, for an interactive tour with park rangers as we explore…

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Sunday, Sep 29
Corn Mother Folklore Exhibit
1:00 pm

Free event for participants of Trails & Sails at the Witch House and Pioneer Village!

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Sunday, Sep 29
Hamilton Hall Tours
1:00 pm

Join us for a self-guided tour of our beautiful historic hall. Glimpse the newly restored American Eagle hand carved by Samuel McIntire, explore the Brick…

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October 2019

Wednesday, Oct 2
Secure the Shadow: Victorian Spirit & Post-Mortem Photography
6:30 pm

Early photography had a magical quality, even for those who understood the science behind it. For many in the nineteenth century, the relationship between science…

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Wednesday, Oct 2
The History of Oz
7:00 pm

Calling all Wizard of Oz fans! Join the Salem Witch Museum for a celebration of the 80th anniversary of the classic film “The Wizard of…

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Friday, Oct 4
Hawthorne in Hollywood: The Scarlet Letter
6:30 pm

Did you know that Nathaniel Hawthorne has over 60 film credits to his name? Hawthorne’s work has inspired Hollywood since 1908. Join us at The…

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Sunday, Oct 13
Living History Labs at The House of the Seven Gables
11:00 am

Play both scientist and historian by getting your hands and minds on some fun and engaging experiences from the past. Learn more at 7Gables.org.

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