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March 2019

Wednesday, Mar 27
Grab Shots: iPhotos of Salem
5:30 pm

Join Jim as he shares images (and related stories) captured on his phone during his incidental wanderings about Salem over the past five years. The…

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April 2019

Friday, Apr 5
Pop! Goes the Gables Exhibit Opening
5:00 pm

Our 2019 exhibit will explore how Hawthorne’s novel and our 1668 mansion have influenced pop culture over the centuries. Light snacks and a cash bar…

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Saturday, Apr 6
Resistance Ball 2019
8:00 pm

Mark the Occasion! Join the Ranks! Come and celebrate Salem’s history of rebellion! The Resistance Ball celebrates the American Colonists peaceful push back on the…

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Sunday, Apr 7
Salt Cod for Silver
2:00 pm

“Salt Cod for Silver: Yankees, Basques, and the North Shore’s Forgotten Trade” is a mini-symposium presented in partnership with Historic Beverly, Marblehead Museum, and Salem…

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Thursday, Apr 11
Astral Weeks
6:30 pm

A mind-expanding dive into a lost chapter of 1968, featuring the famous and forgotten: Van Morrison, folkie-turned-cult-leader Mel Lyman, Timothy Leary, James Brown, and many…

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Saturday, Apr 13
Miss Emmerton’s 1916 Settlement House
11:00 am

April marks the birthday of the founder of The House of the Seven Gables, Caroline Emmerton. She restored The House of the Seven Gables, opened…

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Saturday, Apr 13
Anniversary of the First Muster
11:00 am

The AHAC participates in the parade and ceremony commemorating the Anniversary of the country’s first muster in 1637 in Salem Massachusetts. Salem is the birthplace…

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Sunday, Apr 21
Glad Pask! Swedish Easter Witches Craft

Visit the Witch House for Glad Pask! Swedish Easter Witches Crafts.

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Sunday, Apr 21
Happy Birthday, Miss Emmerton!
10:00 am

Caroline Osgood Emmerton was born on April 21, 1866 in Salem, Mass. Emmerton grew up in a city that was transitioning from its past as…

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Monday, Apr 22
Friendship Returns to Derby Wharf
1:00 pm

Festivities celebrating Friendship’s return will begin at Derby Wharf at 1:00 pm. The ship will dock around 2:00. After the ship pulls in, we will…

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Wednesday, Apr 24
Bewitched: A Show, Statue, and Icon
6:30 pm

The famed television show, Bewitched, filmed a series of episodes in Salem in 1970. Though the crew’s time in Salem was short, the show made…

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Thursday, Apr 25
Friendship of Salem Open Ship: The Sequel
3:30 pm

Did you know that as part of #NationalParkWeek the National Park Service has designated Friday as “Friendship Friday”? How cool is that, they gave us…

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Thursday, Apr 25
“FROM PARIS TO PROVENCE: A CULTURAL ODYSSEY”
5:30 pm

Every few years Jim feels the need to re-live his photographic journeys to Paris, Giverney, St. Remy, Nice, and many other French art “shrines.” This…

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Sunday, Apr 28
ArtWeek: Instameet at The Gables
9:00 am

Bring your phone behind the scenes for an Instagrammers morning meetup event at The House of the Seven Gables. This is an ArtWeek event. There are…

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May 2019

Wednesday, May 1
Signing Salem
5:30 pm

Jim McAllister’s “armchair tour” of Salem serves as a guide to unmarked sites and structures that are worthy of historical markers based on their connections…

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Tuesday, May 7
A Century of Architectural Preservation in Salem
5:30 pm

A rare showing of Jim’s classic look at 20th century efforts to preserve the city’s architectural heritage. The talk, which features more than 200 images,…

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Wednesday, May 15
Art in the Park Receptions
5:00 pm

Calling all art and history lovers! Join us May 15th, to celebrate Salem Maritime’s new temporary art exhibit – Maritime Legends; The Many Faces of…

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Saturday, May 18
Heritage Film Screenings
12:00 pm

Heritage Films has scheduled the following screenings for May 18 at Salem TV, 285 Derby St, Salem: 12:00 pm: Haunted Inns of Massachusetts 12:45 pm:…

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Saturday, May 18
Gedney’s Hidden History: A Neighborhood Walking Tour
1:00 pm

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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Wednesday, May 22
“Philip Little of Salem: Artist & Civic Leader” by Jim McAllister
5:30 pm

Jim profiles a Swampscott native who would become one of Salem’s most valuable citizens in the first half of the 20th century – and who…

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June 2019

Saturday, Jun 1
Historic New England’s Open House

Join Historic New England on June 1 for our annual Open House! Most of our historic properties will be open for free to explore on…

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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 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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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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Sunday, Aug 11
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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Sunday, Aug 18
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, 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
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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Saturday, Aug 24
Meet the Keepers: Then & Now
2:00 pm

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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Saturday, Aug 24
“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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