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Painting to Save the Sea!

Calling all future caretakers of the world, ages 12 to 16, for an important art project! Do you ever wonder about the power of creativity? At Salem Maritime, we celebrate the vibrant and beautiful waterfront of the Salem Sound. But our oceans and marine wildlife are in danger and they need your help! Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time but YOU have the power to have a positive effect on the world's environment!

Essex County Salt Tour

During the mid-seventeenth century, the “Ironworks at Lynn” manufactured large cast iron “salt pans” for the purpose of evaporating seawater to make salt. During the Colonial period, there were numerous places throughout Essex County attempting to produce salt. Join Park Rangers for a tour of the Iron Works. Then, depart the Iron Works on a motor coach to visit an early salt-making site in Essex County.

The Stone Mill Photography Walking Tour

The tour will begin at the Lawrence History Center's historic Essex Company complex and proceed to the Stone Mill where participants will have an opportunity to explore and photograph an architectural icon of America’s Industrial Revolution. Its stone construction and slate roof make it unique among the surviving mills in Lawrence. Historic Mills Photography Workshops co-founder Robert Lussier will guide you through the stairwells, open spaces and funky corners of these historic properties, as well as exploring the exterior from various angles.


Join us for a special encore presentation of Poe in The Ellen T. Brown Memorial Chapel at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Newburyport. Using music, macabre pageantry and shadow puppetry, Theater in the Open’s ensemble will explore the emotional tension and otherworldly atmosphere that underscore Poe‘s works. All performances are free and open to the public. Advance registration is required to secure your seat. Visit for details. On Saturday & Sunday, Sept.

Preservation Stories

Salemites know how lucky they are to live in one of America's most historic cities, however, the survival of the community's historic charm is not the result of luck, but of the passion and persistence of generations of historic preservationists. Join Jim McAllister and Historic Salem, Inc. on a walking tour of downtown Salem recounting past preservation triumphs and what we can learn from them today. Space is limited. Register at

Live and in Color! The Poets' Theatre of Cambridge presents "The Abolitionists" in Lynn

An ensemble of skilled actors from the Poets' Theatre give voice to the wide range of anti-slavery attitudes in Massachusetts during the decades leading up to the Civil War. Black and white, female and male, well-known and obscure, these important writers and orators, including Lydia Maria Child, Paul Cuffee, Frederick Douglass, and Angelina Grimké Weld, among others, transformed fringe ideas—rejected by many in Boston as dangerous and “fanatical”—into a mainstream movement for emancipation

Layers of Paint, Layers of History

Christine Thomson is a local conservator whose specialty is paint analysis. This scientific technique is used in historic buildings to help with restoration work and to share better historical information with staff and visitors alike. Ms. Thomson will talk about the importance and techniques of paint analysis and share her 2016 research findings from The House of the Seven Gables. In 2018, The Gables celebrates its 350th anniversary and this talk is complementary to the exhibit These Walls Do Talk, which opens on April 6.

Historic Waterfront Bike Tour of Salem

EVENT FULL. Join us for a 5-mile guided bike tour along Salem’s historic waterfront. The tour will travel through the historic Derby Street neighborhood, Winter Island, the Salem Willows, as well as the South River, Point Neighborhood, and Forest River Park. Along the way, riders will learn about Salem’s rich cultural and maritime past, and how it has inspired and influenced the numerous waterfront revitalization efforts underway to ensure its bright future. Bring your own bike or use one of the Zagster bikes at the Salem Ferry.

Watercolor Class *FULL*

*This program is full. Please contact or 978-749-4017 to be added to the wait list.* With inspiration from the Addison exhibition "Color and Light: Watercolors from the Collection," learn techniques from artist and educator Frances McCormick to create your own watercolor paintings!

Ipswich Estuary Kayak & Open Space Walking Tour

Combination kayak-walking tour to three Town conservation properties within the Ipswich River and Eagle Hill River estuaries. Tour begins at the Ipswich Town Wharf, kayaking downstream to Nichols Field, stopping to walk the trail. The tour continues, paddling toward Plum Island Sound, stopping at Clark Beach and walking to the Clark Pond Overlook on Great Neck Conservation Area for lunch/snacks. Lastly, kayak around Great Neck toward the Eagle Hill River, and stop to walk the Strawberry Hill trail. Finally, short kayak back to Eagle Hill landing for transportation back to the Wharf.


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