Massachusetts residents: we need your support!

The House of the Seven Gables depends upon visitors from around the world for support. Proceeds from admissions allow us to preserve our National Historic Landmark District as well as to provide educational opportunities and services for newly arriving immigrant families.

Without funding to welcome visitors to Massachusetts, all of us who depend on tourism–from your local historical society to your favorite restaurant–will feel the financial impact from less people coming to Massachusetts.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

 

Please use the link below to email your State Senator and ask them to CO-SPONSOR, SUPPORT and PASS the following tourism & visitation amendments to the Senate budget. 

This is a pre-written letter that will automatically send to your State Senator, based on your address. Of course, you are also welcome to personalize the letter if you wish.

Please act today by using the link below:

https://www.votervoice.net/MVIC/campaigns/52641/respond

 

Here are the amendments for your reference, AND you may check the following link for updates: https://malegislature.gov/Budget/FY2018/SenateDebate/Amendments

 

Amendment # 606

RTC Grant Allocation Timing

Ms. Lovely and Mr. Cyr moved that the proposed new text be amended “SECTION XX:  Grants allocated to Regional Tourism Councils through the Tourism Trust Fund shall be distributed by September 1st of the fiscal year in which they are allocated.”

 

Amendment # 616

Regional Tourism Councils Increased Funding from $6 million to $10.2 million

Messrs. Hinds and Cyr moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, by inserting after line item 7008-0900 the following item:

“xxxx-xxxx For assistance to regional tourism councils for marketing and promotion of visitation and tourism……………………………………………………………$4,200,000

 

Amendment # 762

Tourism Visitor Information Centers

Mr. Cyr moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 7008-0900, by inserting after the word “development;” the following:- “provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended to support state-owned Massachusetts visitor information centers;”

 

I am Joan Sullivan: A Theatrical Experience opens tonight!

Creative Salem

Photo credit: Creative Salem

Tonight is the opening night for I am Joan Sullivan: A Theatrical Experience! We are delighted to bring you this brand-new production featuring some bright local talent.

In I Am Joan Sullivan, meet the former Irish Catholic indentured servant of merchant John Turner, who built The House of the Seven Gables in 1668, and her new master, turbulent Quaker merchant Thomas Maule, as she sues for her freedom from his alleged abuse. Explore the trials of a young immigrant woman with little to no agency in America where she was considered a second class citizen because of her ethnicity, gender, and faith, long before the immigrant struggle of the 19th and 20th centuries that inspired our founder, Caroline Emmerton, in her original settlement mission.

This play will take place in a tavern setting, with a cash bar available, but all ages are welcome to come and learn the little known history of Joan Sullivan.

Click HERE for your tickets.

Showtimes are:

Friday, May 5: 6:00, 7:00, 8:00

Saturday, May 6: 6:00, 7:00, 8:00

Sunday, May 7 1:00, 2:00, 3:00

Prices are:

Advance tickets: members: $10.00; non-members: $15.00

Day-of tickets: members: $12.00; non-members: $17.00

New and improved Accounting Room coming soon

An image sent to Adelphi for the recreation of the Diana paper, soon to be on display in the Accounting Room.

We have been in the process of restoring two rooms in the 1668 Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, best known as The House of the Seven Gables. While there is still a great amount of work to be done in our “secret room,” the Accounting Room will be getting ready to reopen in early summer.

We partnered with Adelphi Paper Hangings of Sharon Springs, NY. They are one of the leading producers of reproduction wallpaper in the world. Gables staff sent images and samples of one of the original papers found during construction. The beautiful sample was delivered last week and is in final production.

Special wallpaper needs a special paper hanger–and he’s scheduled to start his work in the first week of June. After that, we’ll begin sharing the story of the Accounting Room once again with our visitors and even start test tours of our Dining Room Chamber (a.k.a secret room).

Stay tuned for more details!

Limited edition coin to commemorate 350th anniversary of The House of the Seven Gables

To recognize and celebrate the 350th anniversary of the 1668 Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, we have commissioned a limited edition, commemorative coin that is now available in the Museum Store.

This unique coin and more are available for purchase at The House of the Seven Gables Museum Store. Can’t make it to our Museum Store? Contact Everett Philbrook, Store Manager at 978-744-0991 x195 or ephilbrook@7gables.org, and we can have this item shipped to you.

 

What’s new in our Settlement Programs?

Late last year, Salem’s City Council and community activists embarked upon a long and winding road through discussions of a Sanctuary for Peace ordinance for Salem.  The journey was sometimes fretful and unsettling, as residents expressed viewpoints that mirrored and magnified the national debate on immigration.

The Gables’ series of community conversations on immigration offered a safe space for these discussions, and we witnessed first-hand the value of institutional spaces for community dialogue and debate.  Over 100 people crowded our Visitor Center and lobby on February 22nd, when the first community conversation on the topic of sanctuary cities was held at The Gables.
At our second community dialogue on immigration on March 22nd, our series of community conversations came of age.  Our Settlement legacy acquired new purpose and meaning in an unsettled community.

On that blustery March evening, a modest turnout was expected, but we were pleasantly surprised when staff had to bring out more chairs for the public, as residents from Salem and other North Shore towns again gathered to learn about the consequences of local police departments enforcing federal immigration law.

Our featured speakers were Dr. Nik Theodore of the University of Illinois-Urbana and Salem’s Police Chief Mary Butler. They discussed the effects of police involvement in immigration law enforcement. Dr. Theodore presented results from a 2013 study in which researchers surveyed 2,000 Latinos in four cities regarding their perceptions of police and public safety, given instances of police involvement in immigration enforcement. The results from this research informed his conclusion that in order to maintain safe and thriving communities, it was important for city leaders to draw  a “bright line” between the duties of local police departments and the work of ICE officials in implementing immigration law. Chief Butler shared the current policies and practices of the Salem Police Department and the reasoning behind them. Audience members contributed to the conversation with many thoughtful questions and insightful comments.

The Gables will continue to serve proudly as a forum for gathering community, even as unpredictable outside forces threaten to pull us apart.  On March 29th, the Salem City Council voted 7 – 4 to adopt the Sanctuary for Peace Ordinance, highlighting the relevance of the Gables’ Settlement legacy in a new and uncertain time.

How can the Community Preservation Act help The Gables?

The roof of the nearly 350 year-old Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, best known as The House of the Seven Gables, is in a state of deterioration. The organization has applied for grant funding from a number of sources to help with the replacement of the roof in the coming months including the City of Salem’s Community Preservation Act.

The citizens of Salem voted to adopt the Community Preservation Act in November 2012. The act assesses a 1% surcharge based on property tax values. Funds from this pool are allocated by Salem’s Community Preservation Commission. This group reviews applications for both non-profits and city entities and determines funding levels for four categories: open space, recreation, affordable housing, and historic preservation.

It is important to note that the state level law for the Community Preservation Act allows both non-profits and city entities to be considered for funding after a number of standards are met. At the statewide level, the Community Preservation Coalition boasts that nearly $1.75 billion has been raised by 172 communities in the Commonwealth. Locally, historic preservation projects such as the bell and clock tower at Wenham’s First Church and museum restoration at Georgetown’s Brocklebank Museum have been beneficiaries. At The Gables, replacement of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Birthplace roof was partially funded through CPA in 2015.

If you are interested in learning more about the CPA process, please visit the Community Preservation Coalition. The CPC supports work at both the statewide and local levels. Readers can learn about the facts regarding local laws, fundable projects, and more.

We hope that you’ll support for The House of the Seven Gables in the upcoming round of CPA funding. Contact the Salem Community Preservation Committee to voice your support.

New logo unveiled for The House of the Seven Gables

The Turner-Ingersoll Mansion best known as The House of the Seven Gables, turns 350 years old in 2018. The staff and board worked with local designer Amy Watt of New Arts Collaborative to create a new logo to share the word of the upcoming celebration.

“We wanted a logo that would keep the familiar script from the former logo and add some eye-catching flair,” says Special Projects Manager Julie Arrison-Bishop. “We’re very happy with the end result and can’t wait to use it everywhere!”

The new logo features the famed roofline of The Gables as well as the tagline, 350 Years of Stories. The new logo reflects both a historic past and a bright future.

Salem Women’s History Day

Thank you to the many visitors who joined us for Salem Women’s History Day on March 26. We were able to offer two tours that focused on the strong women of The Gables over the years as well as two lectures with speakers from the Partnership of Historic Bostons.

Dr. Lori Stokes offered insight into the daily lives of women in the seventeenth century in The Hidden Lives of Puritan Women. Using sources such as church records and journal, Dr. Stokes shared the trials and tribulations of women looking for ways to blend spirituality into their daily lives that centered around home and hearth.

Rose Doherty talked about the enterprising nature of Katharine Gibbs–founder of the Gibbs Schools that were a nationwide program offering business education for all. Gibbs was a master marketer who demanded the best for her students–and her reputation for excellence in education lasted until the schools closed in the early 2000’s.

Salem Women’s History Day is traditionally the last Sunday in March. Save the date for 2018!