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!

Save the date: annual exhibit opens April 7!

The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association is taking 2017 to look at life and labor over four centuries at our National Historic Landmark District site. Our stories range from the roles of women in the home to mariners at sea to those that were enslaved to those that supported immigrants in the Derby Street neighborhood.

On April 7, join us for a reception to commemorate the opening of this unique exhibit that will share first hand stories, rarely seen images, and music of the centuries to help tell the stories of work. There will be appetizers and a cash bar.

The event takes place from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.–perfect timing for after work or before a Friday night on the town. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here.

Special thanks to our 2017 exhibit sponsors for their support:

Hawthorne Hotel, Salem Witch Museum, and the Salem Cultural Council as well as:

The Benson Gallery, North Shore Music Theatre, Nelson’s Plumbing and Heating, Merry Fox Realty, The Salem Inn, and Shaeen, Palone, and Company

 

Thanks for attending our Welcome Home Days!

The House of the Seven Gables welcomed close to 150 local residents home to The Gables this winter. Community members from Beverly, Peabody, Lynn, Marblehead, and Danvers were invited to enjoy free tours and the reception was excellent!

The Welcome Home Days allowed Gables staff to reach out to local audiences who were either new visitors or hadn’t been to the museum campus in decades. All were able to take guided tours of the Turner-Igersoll Mansion and Nathaniel Hawthorne Birthplace and learn about New England families, maritime history, and domestic life over four centuries.

These locals raved about their experience–whether they were taking in a snowy landscape or enjoying the Salem’s So Sweet festival or finding something fun to do with the family over February Vacation week.

As we start preparations for the 350th anniversary of The Gables in 2018, we’ll be sure to make all visitors feel at home whether they’re from over the Beverly-Salem Bridge or from across the country.

 

Oh the weather outside is frightful…

Though it’s no winter of 2015, the Salem area has been hit with a few days of the white stuff. It was a perfect backdrop for this weekend’s Salem’s So Sweet celebration. Over 20 ice sculptures were on view around the city ranging from Cinderella’s Carriage to the heart shaped candy dish we co-sponsored with our friends and neighbors at Ye Olde Pepper Companie across the street.

We also hosted two sugar-filled days of cookie decorating and partnered with Salem Parks, Recreation, and Community Services to offer Family Valentine Crafts.

Be sure to save-the-date for Valentine’s weekend in 2018–who knows what we’ll plan for our 350th anniversary celebration!