Spend a haunting December evening discovering the true origins of Christmas in one of Salem’s oldest homes. Revisit a time when tales of terror and devious acts dominated the holiday season before it was tamed into the cozy family holiday we know today. In ancient rooms warmed by a flickering fire with a drink in hand, passionate historian storytellers will...
Join History Alive to experience the Christmastide season from before Christmas was a holiday in America. After premiering in 2021 at the Old Town Hall, this play-with-music moves to the House of the Seven Gables in 2023 to continue to spread the Yuletide cheer.
Join Gables Board Member, Ken Turino, as we delve in to the intriguing and intertwined histories of female abolitionists and our modern Christmas traditions! What we think of as the traditional trappings of Christmas celebrations were just beginning in the first half to mid-nineteenth century. It was actually New England’s female abolitionists who played a large role in the development...
This October, for the second year in a row, we are stepping into Salem’s dark past on a candlelit visit to several of PEM’s historic houses in the heart of downtown. Hear haunting tales of murder and mystery based on real events, told by storytellers dressed in period garb. These intimate stories, told in groups of 12 or less, will be sure...