Friday, March 19, 2010

A Celebratory Weekend

The House of the Seven Gables is celebrating its Centennial during 2010. There are two significant events this weekend, both of which connect the Gables with another architectural gem - the Phillips House.

The Phillips House is part of Historic New England, and that organization is also celebrating its centennial this year.

Sunday, March 21 Salem 2010: Now & Then Community Celebration Day
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | Free

In celebration of their centennials and bicentennials, Salem residents and employees of Salem businesses will enjoy free admission to the House of the Seven Gables, Historic New England's Phillips House, The Salem Athenaeum, and the Brookhouse Home for Women. There will be cake and family activities at each site. The Salem trolley will offer free shuttle service between the sites.

March 21 - April 15 Exhibit: The Preservation Movement Then & Now 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Free

This exhibit, developed by Historic New England, will be in the Visitor Center at the House of the Seven Gables. It will illustrate the beginning of the preservation movement throughout New England, connecting local preservation efforts with national efforts. Panels are accompanied by artifacts and photographs from the House of the Seven Gables' collection, which illustrate the Gables founder Caroline Osgood Emmerton's involvement in saving the National Historic Landmark.

The Phillips House, a property of Historic New England, has some amazing stories to tell. A stunning Federal mansion, it is the only home on Chestnut Street that is open to the public. It's rooms are filled with collections from around the world, gathered by five generations of the Phillips family. Amidst beautiful furniture, you will find objects from Fiji and Africa in the Phillips House, early American board games, Persian carpets, and import porcelain.

Enjoy the celebration this weekend and throughout the year, of a few of Salem's remarkable sites.

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