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Students explore Colonial building at The Gables
SALEM -- Students are invited to The House of the Seven Gables to explore how houses were built in Colonial MA. In hands-on sessions throughout February school vacation, youth and teens can discover what worked and what didn't as our country's first inhabitants built enduring structures. Many, like The House of the Seven Gables, stand today. Icons of creativity, ingenuity and commitment to a new and democratic way of life, structures like The Gables have much to teach today's youthful innovators. The program runs continuously from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, February 18, through Sunday, February 26. • Learn about the tools these early builders of homes, businesses and a nation used. • Find out what materials builders relied upon most. • Try out various construction techniques. Students can work at hands-on stations using popular building toys. • Create, with folds and decorations, a paper house to take home. • Explore which parts of historic buildings are strongest. This special program, "Why do we have gables," is offered daily at 11:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. Young participants will make shapes with their hands and bodies in this fun, interactive program. This special school vacation programming is part of each visitor's museum ticket, which also includes guided tours of The House of the Seven Gables and Nathaniel Hawthorne's birthplace, as well as exploration of The Gables' Kid's Cove maritime history area. New to The Gables is an audio tour of the grounds, created in partnership with UniGuide. Admission rates are as follows: Adults $14; Seniors from age 65 $13; College students with ID $13; Young adults 13-18 $11; Children ages 5-12 $9; Children under 5 free. Admission is free for members of The House of the Seven Gables and for Salem residents with proof of address. Website: http://www.7gables.org/event/constructing-history-at-the-gables-3/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1569039053122986/ About The House of the Seven Gable Settlement Association The mission of the House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association is to preserve its National Historic Landmark and leverage its power as an icon of American culture to engage diverse audiences and provide education opportunities for the local immigrant community. For more information visit www.7gables.org.

When: Feb 18, 2017 12am to Feb 26, 2017 12am in Chilmark, MA

Gables' Community Conversation tackles Sanctuary Cities

SALEM -- On Wednesday, February 22, at 6 p.m., Salem Mayor Kimberly Driscoll and Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone discuss the factors they considered before initiating the process to declare their municipalities sanctuary cities. Councilor James R. Cote of Newton will share a contrasting perspective, having vigorously opposed this initiative for his city. Braden Paynter of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience will facilitate the discussion. Paynter's organization is made up of an international coalition of museums and historic sites that serve as places for reflection for their communities.  "What does it mean to be a sanctuary city?" is an especially timely and relevant topic throughout the United States. In Salem, city councilors are currently deliberating Major Driscoll's ordinance to officially designate "The City of Peace" a sanctuary city. And Somerville Mayor Curtatone has become nationally known for his thoughtful and vocal support of his city's status as a sanctuary city. "In many respects, Salem is a sanctuary city today," Salem's Mayor Driscoll is quoted as saying in a recent Salem News article. "It's part of the humanity of our community, which is why we're looking at this as an opportunity to reaffirm our values." Salem has a long, proud history of welcoming new residents and supporting them as they make new lives for themselves and their families. The House of the Seven Gables began its own settlement work in 1910 when Settlement Association founder Caroline Emmerton restored the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, renamed it The House of Seven Gables and used admission proceeds to support a settlement program that included education and job training. "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," says Ana Nuncio, manager of Settlement Partnerships at The Gables. "The immigration conversations serve as an educational tool to explore some deeply entrenched misperceptions that new immigrants and the descendants of earlier generations of immigrants have about each other -- and sometimes about themselves and their own heritage."  The public is invited to participate in the discussion with the mayors and others for whom the topic is both relevant and personal. It will be held in The Gables' Visitor Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Here are excerpts from the Sanctuary City petition circulating in Salem in support of the ordinance: Whereas, the City of Salem, "the City of Peace," works to ensure all of its residents feel safe and at home within its borders, and that all of its residents may feel free to work, worship, raise their families and live in a democracy with peace and security; Whereas, the City of Salem is proud of its ethnic, cultural and religious diversity, and the cultural, civic and economic contributions made by all of its residents throughout its long history, bringing us together as one prejudice-free community in which all people are respected, understood, and appreciated for their differences; Whereas, undocumented immigrants living in Salem pay taxes, own business and property, and contribute to the wellbeing of the community; Whereas, the City of Salem has learned from tragedies in its own history that state-sponsored hate and fear can lead to the destruction of the fabric of a community . . . We, the undersigned residents of Salem, petition that the City of Salem be declared a sanctuary city. This event is free and open to the public. For reservations, those interested may visit www.7Gables.org, email anuncio@7gables.org or call 978-744-0991, ext. 105. Website: http://www.7gables.org/events/community-conversations/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1803876233208336/ The Gables extends a special thanks to the Northey Street Bed and Breakfast for providing lodging to out-of-town guests for the Community Conversation series. About The House of the Seven Gable Settlement Association The mission of the House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association is to preserve its National Historic Landmark and leverage its power as an icon of American culture to engage diverse audiences and provide education opportunities for its local immigrant community. For more information visit www.7gables.org.

When: Feb 22, 2017 12am to Feb 22, 2017 12am in Chilmark, MA

Free admission to The Gables for Danvers residents on February 26

PEABODY -- The House of the Seven Gables is pleased to invite Danvers residents to a full day of free admission and lively guided tours of the celebrated house made famous by Salem author Nathaniel Hawthorne and his novel, "The House of the Seven Gables." Danvers Welcome Home Day is Sunday, February 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Danvers residents may explore the 2.5-acre National Historic Landmark District site including the Colonial Revival Gardens and a beautiful waterfront vista unparalleled in Salem. Other structures on the property include the house where Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804, and lived as a child. The 1655 Retire Beckett House, also known as the Museum Store, is stocked with gift items unique to the historic site.  Those taking the house tour will enjoy hearing stories of the two prosperous merchant families, the Turners and Ingersolls. They resided in the house before it was purchased and restored by philanthropist Caroline Emmerton. The house is noted for its display of some of the earliest Georgian-style interiors. On exhibit are pieces owned by Hawthorne and his family, as well as furnished mid-18th century rooms.  The House of the Seven Gables is located at 115 Derby Street in Salem, MA. Some onsite parking is available. Danvers residents and their families are asked to bring valid identification to enjoy this special day. About The House of the Seven Gable Settlement Association The mission of the House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association is to preserve its National Historic Landmark and leverage its power as an icon of American culture to engage diverse audiences and provide education opportunities for the local immigrant community. For more information visit www.7gables.org. Website: http://www.7gables.org/event/welcome-home-danvers/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/158576844625126/

When: Feb 26, 2017 12am to Feb 26, 2017 12am in Chilmark, MA

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About Chilmark, MA
The Town of Chilmark was founded in 1694 and is located in Dukes County on Martha's Vineyard.

Most of the land in Chilmark is dedicated to its residents and agricultural use. During the month of August the community has a Chilmark Road Race which is put together by volunteers who raise money for community purposes.

Visitors to Chilmark includes President Barack Obama has the First Family, but you should not only frequent it in the summer. During the fall season the weather is beautiful and the picture perfect ocean views make the town an amazing place to visit.