NEW TEACHER RESOURCE.
Salem-born, and world-renowned author Nathaniel Hawthorne was inspired by the architectural splendor and unique history of the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion to pen one of America’s most iconic and timeless novels, The House of the Seven Gables (1851). Hawthorne is still one of the most widely-read authors in U.S. high schools, and his contribution to American literature is undeniable. Below is a packet with some essential information for high school groups who have, or who will be studying Nathaniel Hawthorne.
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Teachers often seek additional background information specific to a topic, historic era or museum offering. The House of the Seven Gables is pleased to offer a selected bibliography on a variety of themes, most notably Early American architecture, Nathaniel Hawthorne and his family, Nathaniel Bowditch, and the early colonists’ way of life. Many of the titles listed below are available in our Museum Store and are asterisked (*) to denote this opportunity.
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The House of the Seven Gables, in collaboration with Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello, Ph.D., American Studies at Salem State University, offers teachers a lesson plan based in the Progressive Era when our founder, Caroline Osgood Emmerton, began her Settlement House initiative in Salem. This era dovetails with the surge of immigrants to the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Topics for discussion abound, and the lesson plan affords many links to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. A class trip to our picturesque and historic site serves as an engaging culminating activity, and teachers are encouraged to use the site as an extension of their classroom.
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The House of the Seven Gables’ museum staff invites teachers to participate in a survey designed to provide students with an even richer learning experience once here. Sample survey questions are: What suggestions do you have to improve your experience? What other offerings could The House of the Seven Gables provide student groups?
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Groups of all ages tour The House of the Seven Gables every year. Sometimes, these groups are on an excursion to the greater Boston area, and Salem’s rich history entices them here.