Tuesday, May 13, 2014

More "To-Do" in Salem-MA

if you have never heard Jim McAllister speak about the history of Salem, you owe it to yourself to check out at least one of these events taking place this week.  Jim makes history come alive.  It is like he is filling you in on something you really need to know -- nothing dry or boring about it -- filled with plenty of anecdotes to keep you interested, and laced together in a really intriguing manner.

Wednesday, May 14 at  7 p.m.
"Magnificent Men (and Women!) of the McIntire District" Lecture

Jim's McAllister's final talk of his spring lecture series features quick sketches of famous folks with connections to this historic district named for an equally famous architect-carver.

This eclectic assemblage includes Robert Seamans, Jr. , the man behind the Apollo space program that put the first man on the moon, statesman Timothy Pickering and famous son John the lexicologist, opera singer Mary Curtis Verna, a pair of Nathaniels (Bowditch and Hawthorne) and a pair of painters (Frank Benson and Philip Little).  Walter Poor of Sylvania, Witch Trial judge Jonathan Corwin, inventor and World War One hero Ralph Cowan Browne, and renaissance man Henry Kemble Oliver, horticulturalists Daniel Foley and Harlan P. Kelsey, philanthropists John Bertram and Caroline Emmerton,  19th century authoress Sarah Savage, and Louis Fayerweather Cutter, the"Dean of White Mountain maps" round out Jim's roster of the "truly worthy".  

The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. at the First Church in Salem,  316 Essex Street. Doors open at 6:30. Admission is $12, cash or checks only please. For more information contact  "culturecorner@gmail.com" or 978.979.5907

Saturday, May 17 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. 
Centuries of Servants on Historic Chestnut Street Walking Tour

Join Jim McAllister of Derby Square Tours for a walking tour of the Chestnut Street neighborhood focusing on the lives of servants, coachmen, chauffeurs, gardeners, and other workers who helped to make life in the street's many mansions run smoothly through the years. 

The tour, sponsored by Historic New England's Phillips House at #34 Chestnut Street,  will take place rain or shine on Saturday, May 17 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. The group will meet at McIntire Park, across the street from Hamilton Hall.
$15,  For more information or to register call 978.744.0440 or visitHistoricNewEngland.org

(Special thanks to the Salem Cultural Council for sponsorship of this tour. Centuries of Servants is part of Historic New England’s Everyone’s History initiative that will focus on the role of the variety of people who impacted everyday life at our historic properties).


I hope to see you here, before or after either of these great events.


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