SALEM — In 1916, Caroline Emmerton’s Settlement House in Salem served the immigrant families living in the museum’s neighborhood. The children often attended classes that taught household and industrial skills like cooking, woodworking, sewing and gardening. They and their family members also joined theatrical, musical and athletic clubs made possible by Emmerton’s philanthropic work. Paid public tours of The House of the Seven Gables supported Emmerton’s Settlement programs, just as they do today.
During April vacation week, children are invited to The House of the Seven Gables’ Living History Labs to take part in hands-on activities like those in the Settlement House during the early 20th century. Young students on break from school are welcome to take a few steps back in history where they can role play as both scientist and historian. They’ll conduct ‘lab experiments’ where they practice sewing, paper-folding skills and 1916 games. The Living History Labs are scheduled from Saturday, April 13 to Sunday, April 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Families that visit The Gables from Wednesday, April 17 through Saturday, April 20, from noon to 2 p.m. are likely to encounter historian Irene Axelrod in her role as Miss Emmerton. This appearance is a rare and celebrated treat, and a wonderful opportunity to learn about Caroline Emmerton’s life and her passion for education.
This special programming is ongoing between April 13 and April 21 and it’s part of all visitors’ museum ticket. For rates and information, please visit www.7gables.org. Registration is not required. Salem residents are always free at The House of the Seven Gables with proof of residency.
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