Monday, April 19, 2010

Jim McAllister, Salem's Official Unofficial Historian and Best Tour Guide Ever

Spring Calendar of Events Featuring Jim McAllister

This Tuesday, April 20
“April in Paris” Lecture and Wine-Tasting at Pamplemousse*
Jim will chronicle the individual and collaborative accomplishments of expatriate musicians, singers, dancers and other performing artists – including Cole Porter, Josephine Baker, and George Gershwin - living in Paris in the 1920s.
The program runs from 7:30-9 p.m. and includes samplings of three different wines. Admission is $20 per person. Reservations made be made by calling Pamplemousse at
*Pamplemousse is located at the corner of Central Street and the Essex Street Mall in downtown Salem.

Saturday, April 24
Salem Athenaeum “Founders Symposium”
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex Street
Jim will be one of eight presenters at this charming private library’s 200th anniversary celebration and will talk about co-founder Samuel Putnam.
For more information or to make reservations contact Jean Marie at

Sunday, April 25
The Sea and Its Influence on Art in Essex County

2-4 p.m. King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead

Jim’s heavily-illustrated talk, offered in conjunction with the Marblehead Arts Association’s “Blue Show”, will examine the relationship between the North Shore’s coastline and the artists who came to paint it..

Adults: $12 Members, $15 Non-members, $5 students. To make reservations or for more information call 781.631.2608.

Sunday May 2
Chestnut Street Walking Tour
3 - 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by Historic New England
Offered as part of the sponsoring organization’s 100th anniversary, Jim’s walking tour of one of the most elegant of New England residential neighborhoods will feature general information about the street and lively anecdotes. Special attention will be given to past celebrations held on the street and to Historic New England’s Stephen Phillips House at #34. Reservations are required and may be made by e-mail at or telephone 978.744.0440. Admission charged.

Thursday, May 6
“Preserving History, Providing Homes with Opportunities”
Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction sponsored by the Caleb Foundation
6-8 p.m. at Capt’s Waterfront Restaurant, 94 Wharf Street, Salem
Jim will give a brief talk on the history of affordable housing on the North Shore as part of this exciting, first-time event.
The Caleb Foundation, a non-profit affordable housing organization which provides quality affordable housing to low and moderate income residents throughout New England, and The Caleb Group, an affiliate of The Caleb Foundation, also a non-profit organization which provides resident services to low and moderate resident throughout New England, is holding their first - ever fundraising event. Caleb is celebrating 18 years of resident opportunities, historic preservation, and a new, upcoming Gloucester project.
For more information about this event call 781.595.4665

Friday, May 14 (New date)
Opening Day for Jim’s Seasonal Walking Tours
For the first time since he started Derby Square Tours in 1983, Jim will be offering regularly scheduled public walking tours during the tourist season.
Jim’s one-hour “Tour du Jour” will meet outside the Salem Visitor Center on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m. beginning May 14 and ending November 1 (excluding Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day). The tour route and content will vary from day to day but will always feature a blend of historical facts and colorful stories.
No advance reservations are required or taken. Admission is $10 for adults, $3 for children 7-17 (under 7 free). Cash only. Bring your own coffee.

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