Annual Exhibit

2017 Exhibit

All exhibitions to take place during normal operating hours at The House of the Seven Gables.

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Julie Arrison-Bishop
Special Projects Manager
978-744-0991, ext. 152












April 7 – September 30, 2017

The House of the Seven Gables Visitor Center | 115 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970

You are invited to explore Life and Labor Over Four Centuries at The House of the Seven Gables in 2017. The annual exhibit will focus on role of work on inhabitants of The Gables since 1668 including servants, slaves, and settlement workers. Stop in to our visitor center any time during normal operating hours to explore the exhibit.

CLICK HERE to see our exhibit online.

Events Related to Life and Labor Over Four Centuries at The House of the Seven Gables:

April 7 - April 7, 2017

Exhibit Opening: Life & Labor Over Four Centuries at The Gables

Be amongst the first to see the newest exhibit, Life and Labor over Four Centuries at The House of the Seven Gables. Join Gables staff and the exhibition committee to learn about the role of work on the National Historic Landmark District museum campus since 1668. Light refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available.

This event is free and open to the public.

To reserve your spot for this event please CLICK HERE. For more information email, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

April 12 - April 12, 2017

A World of Work: Daily Life and Labor in Seventeenth-Century Salem

Daily life in early colonial America was marked by harEmerson Bakerd labor for most. From shipwrights to fishermen to farmers, work meant survival. Everyone in the family had a job to fulfill. Join Emerson Baker, professor of history at Salem State University, to learn about life in the earliest days of colonial Salem.

Emerson "Tad" Baker is a professor of History at Salem State University.  He is the award-winning author of many works on the history of and archaeology of early Maine and New England, including A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience. He has served as an advisor for PBS-TV’s American Experience and Colonial House. Baker is a member of the Gallows Hill Project team who recently confirmed the witch trials execution site. He regularly tweets on the Salem witch trials and early New England history at @EmersonWBaker.

Members: Free

Non-Members: $7.00

To reserve your spot for this lecture please CLICK HERE, or email, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

April 15 - April 23, 2017

Living History Labs for April Vacation: Caroline Emmerton's 1916 Settlement

In 1916, Caroline Emmerton’s Settlement House served the immigrant families living in the neighborhood of the museum.  The children often attended classes that taught household and industrial skills like cooking, woodworking, sewing and gardening.  They and other family members also joined theatrical, musical, and athletic clubs offered through Emmerton’s charity.

Come join us April 15th – 23rd from 11:00 to 3:00 for our Living History Labs, featuring hands-on activities based off these Settlement House programs of the early 20th century.  Play both scientist and historian in ‘lab experiments’ where you practice your sewing, work on your paper folding skills or play 1916 games.

This special programming is ongoing during these hours and is part of your museum ticket.

Registration is not required.

Salem residents are always free at The House of the Seven Gables with proof of residency.

May 5 - May 7, 2017

I Am Joan Sullivan: A Theatrical Experience

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.

On Friday and Saturday night a cash bar will be available.

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

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

Advance ticket purchases are strongly suggested. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

May 11 - May 11, 2017

New England Bound

Dr. Wendy Warren of Princeton University will be presenting about her book, New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America. Her work explores the experience of chattel bondage in seventeenth-century New England, illuminating the deadly symbiosis between slavery and colonization in the Atlantic World. A book signing will follow the lecture in our Museum Store.

Wendy Warren is Assistant Professor of History; Philip and Beulah Rollins Bicentennial Preceptor at Princeton University. Dr. Warren specializes in the history of colonial North America, and the early modern Atlantic World. She is particularly interested in the day-to-day practice of colonization, and in the negotiations and conflicts that exist between would-be rulers and the unruly.

Professor Warren began her work at Princeton in 2010, after receiving her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in history from Yale University. Her book, New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America (Liveright/W.W. Norton, 2016), explores the lived experience of chattel bondage in seventeenth-century New England, illuminating the deadly symbiosis between slavery and colonization in the Atlantic World.

Members: Free

Non-Members: $7.00

To reserve your spot for this lecture please CLICK HERE.  For more information, email, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

May 17 - May 17, 2017

What Health Dangers Do Immigrant Laborers Face in the Landscaping Industry?

Jeanne Kempthorne, an attorney mediator and founder of the Good Neighbor Mediation Project in Salem, will be joined by Jamie Banks, executive director of Quiet Communities, Inc., and Rick Reibstein, an environmental lawyer and law professor, to talk about the exposure of immigrant labor to harmful pollutants and noise in the landscaping industry. Prof. Reibstein will also address other environmental pollutants, including lead, pesticides, and mold, that affect immigrant and low-income communities.

Community Conversations are free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended. If you have questions about this event, please contact Ana Nuncio at or call 978-744-0991, ext. 105.

Jeanne Kempthorne, abogada y fundadora de la iniciativa cívica Good Neighbor Mediation Project en Salem, participará con Jamie Banks, directora ejecutiva de la organización Quiet Communities, Inc., y Rick Reibstein, un abogado ambiental y profesor de leyes en una charla sobre cómo los trabajadores de jardinería, muchos de ellos inmigrantes, son expuestos a contaminantes peligrosos y a abnormales niveles de ruido en la industria de jardinería. El profesor Reibstein también hablará sobre otros contaminantes ambientales, incluyendo el plomo, las pesticidas y el moho, que también afectan sobremanera a las comunidades de inmigrantes y a otras personas de pocos recursos.

Las Conversaciones Comunitarias se ofrecen gratuitamente al público y se recomienda hacer reservaciones. Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre este evento, favor de contactar a Ana Nuncio,

The primary goal of The Gables in hosting these dialogues is to encourage all residents and civic leaders of Salem and surrounding communities to listen, learn, and share their thoughts on immigration and immigration reform.  The immigration conversations serve as an educational tool to explore some deeply entrenched perceptions and misperceptions that new immigrants and the descendants of earlier generations of immigrants have about each other — and sometimes about themselves and their own heritage.

Al patrocinar estos diálogos, el objetivo principal de nuestro museo es animar a todos los residentes y líderes cívicos de Salem y de ciudades vecinas a escuchar, aprender y compartir sus perspectivas sobre el tema de la inmigración y la reforma inmigratoria. Las conversaciones comunitarias sirven para educar y explorar algunas percepciones e impresiones erróneas que rigen en las mentes de los nuevos inmigrantes y en las mentes de los descendientes de previas generaciones de inmigrantes cuando se miran uno al otro. Las conversaciones también sirven para aclarar percepciones erróneas que cada grupo de inmigrantes sostiene acerca de sí mismo y de su patrimonio en este país.

*Special thanks to the Northey Street Bed and Breakfast for providing lodging to out-of-town guests for the Community Conversation series.

*Agradecemos la generosidad de Northey Street Bed and Breakfast por proveer alojamiento para los participantes de esta serie de conversaciones comunitarias.

June 7 - June 7, 2017

"Judge Ye Weather Or Noe I Hadent Ort To Be Set At Liberty": Essex County Freedom Suits in Revolutionary Massachusetts

Jeanne Pickering, a Master’s student at Salem State College, will review how slavery's gradual ending in revolutionary Massachusetts began with lawsuits for freedom filed by enslaved people in Essex County prior to the War. As Patriots agitated for their liberty from British Imperial rule, enslaved laborers argued to protect themselves and their families from the disruption of enslavement.

Jeanne Pickering is a graduate student in history at Salem State University, finishing her Masters thesis on the Essex County freedom suits. Her research interests are the social and cultural aspects of colonial slavery in rural Massachusetts concentrating on the North Shore. She regularly speaks on slavery in Essex County to local history groups and runs a website on Essex County slavery at

Members: Free

Non-Members: $7.00

To reserve your spot for this lecture please CLICK HERE, or email, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.