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Celebrating a Vision at The House of the Seven Gables

Please support our 2016 Annual Appeal!

Caroline Emmerton at H7G

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H7Gables September photos by John Andrews-0348A story worth retelling…

The story we tell is a moving one. The Gables’ founder, Caroline Emmerton, saved an architectural and literary treasure, created a museum, and used proceeds from ticket sales to fund programs that helped newly arrived immigrant neighbors settle into the community. This year, the 150th anniversary of her birth, we wish to honor this visionary social entrepreneur.






…that connects a distinctive past to the vibrant present  Naturalization Ceremony


Emmerton’s legacy carries on, thanks to your past support. The Secret Rooms Project, now underway, will help ensure the preservation of The House of the Seven Gables for generations to come. Educational programs draw a diverse and enthusiastic community to our Visitor Center, engage children in our schools, bolster area citizenship programs, and reach at-risk students and their families. Our annual exhibits link our historic past to our promising future.


…and pays the legacy forward.

Your support is critical. Just as Caroline Emmerton’s work inspires us, your generosity sustains us. Together we can move toward a future that’s promising and rewarding for all.



In 2015, your support enabled The Gables to:

Educational Programming

House of seven Gables Salem Academy Charter Visit March 2016_0186

  • Enroll 15 elementary students in our Caribbean Connections summer program to increase their literacy skills and learn about our local history’s connection to the Caribbean.
  • Provide Citizenship and English language instruction to 49 adults and childcare for 13 children.
  • Partner with LEAP for Education and Salem State University to provide 15 high school students work experience through service learning projects that improved their literacy, research and presentation skills.
  • Partner with Express Yourself and work with 12 young women from Salem’s immigrant community to create an original dance piece for a performance at the Citi Wang Theatre in Boston. Through engagement with the spoken word and the visual arts, the students showcased their pride in their Caribbean culture and used poetry to reflect on their emerging American identities.



Public Programming

Community Conversation with Avi Chomsky

Educate over 90,000 visitors from around the world, including 198 public schools representing 8,322 students on our guided tours.

Present Exhibit: A Gracious Host – Visiting the Gables through the Years.

Honor Nathaniel Hawthorne through our Seven Lectures at Seven Gables series.

Host six Community Conversations on Immigration.



napco workers on birhtplace roof 2015


Install a new, period-appropriate wooden shingle roof on the Nathaniel Hawthorne Birthplace (1750).

Repair several windows on the Hooper-Hathaway House (1682).

Restore soffit, fascia and molding on the Phippen House (c.1782).






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The Gables is a 501(c)(3) charity and your donation is fully deductable under the law.  No goods or services were exchanged for this donation.