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Gables' vacation week brings kids back to early Settlement House days
SALEM -- From April 14 to April 22, children and families are invited to learn more about one of Salem's most honored cultural institutions -- Salem's Settlement House that began in the Derby Street neighborhood. Settlement House programming got its start more than one hundred years ago with proceeds from tours of The House of the Seven Gables. During April Vacation Week, The Gables will offer special Living History Labs programming modeled on some of the Settlement House experiences. Living History Labs are a regular feature of The Gables' family programming during school and summer vacations. The themes and activities change throughout the year. Settlement House founder and esteemed Salem philanthropist Caroline Emmerton worked with immigrant families living in the neighborhood of the museum. The children often attended classes in household and industrial skills such as cooking, woodworking, sewing and gardening. They and their family members also joined theatrical, musical and athletic clubs offered through Emmerton's charitable programs. Children and their families are invited to take part in The Gables' Living History Labs that feature hands-on activities derived from the early Settlement House. All are welcome to play both scientist and historian in 'lab experiments.' Practice sewing, work on paper folding skills and play 1916 games. The Living History Lab activities take place April 14 through April 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and are free of charge with a museum ticket. Salem residents and members are admitted free of charge. The Gables is located at 115 Derby St., Salem. Some parking is available. For more information, call 978-744-0991 or check out the Museum website at https://7gables.org.

When: Apr 14, 2018 12am to Apr 22, 2018 12am in Chilmark, MA

Take a special birthday tour of The House of the Seven Gables

SALEM -- Fans of The House of the Seven Gables are in for a special treat on Saturday, April 21. Caroline Emmerton, the philanthropist who restored Salem's Turner-Ingersoll Mansion and opened it for public tours as The House of the Seven Gables in 1910, is leading two tours on her birthday! Salem historian and dramatic interpreter, Irene Axelrod, will reprise her role as Caroline Emmerton. It's not only Emmerton's birthday. The House of the Seven Gables is 350 years old this year. All are invited to The Gables this year to share in the many celebrations. The power of the house to inspire is legendary. The mansion inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne to write his bestselling novel, "The House of the Seven Gables," and, later, it inspired Miss Emmerton to restore it and use the proceeds from house tours to fund a settlement house. Because of the house, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Emmerton's efforts, many educational opportunities were afforded to newly arriving immigrant families. The work of the settlement program continues to this day through The Gables support. Those interested in learning more are invited to join one of The Gables' professional guides along with Miss Emmerton for an interactive tour of The Gables. She will explain in her own words why she was inspired to preserve the mansion. There will be two tours: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m. The cost for the general public is $15. The cost for members of The Gables is $10. Those interested should go to the Visitor Center at the National Historic Landmark, 115 Derby St., Salem, Mass.

When: Apr 21, 2018 12am to Apr 21, 2018 12am in Chilmark, MA

Layers of Paint; Layers of History

Christine Thompson is a local conservator whose specialty is paint analysis. Ms. Thompson will talk about the importance and techniques of paint analysis and share her 2016 research findings from The House of the Seven Gables. This scientific technique is used in historic buildings to help with restoration work and to better share historical information with staff and visitors alike. In 2018, The Gables celebrates its 350th anniversary and this talk is complementary to the exhibit “These Walls Do Talk,” which opens on April 6.

When: Apr 28, 2018 10am 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.