This sounds really interesting, and I'm happy to pass the calendar listing along verbatim.
According local historian Robert Booth, “Foreign trade was the most lucrative business in young America, and no one did it better than Salem, where, in the West End, the wealth of the world was translated into boulevards of mansions.” Historic New England invites you to the Phillips House to discover the 1821 maritime mansion, built by Captain Nathaniel West, and to hear the author discuss and read from his newest work, "Death of an Empire: The Rise and Murderous Fall of America's Richest City."
This special event will take place on Tuesday, November 15. From 6:00-7:00, visitors can explore the first floor of the Phillips House Museum with a short guided tour. From 7:00-8:00, Mr. Booth will speak with a special focus on connections to the McIntire District and the Chestnut Street neighborhood. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture. This program is co-sponsored with Salem History Society.
A reservation is not required for this free event, but seating will be limited. Please call 978-744-0440 for more information.