Salem, MA — Life for kids in Salem’s Derby Street neighborhood in 1915 often centered around the Settlement House. There they enrolled in classes focused on building household and industrial skills such as cooking, woodworking, sewing and gardening. With training and education, young immigrants and their families could get good jobs and prepare for citizenship.
During the upcoming April school vacation week, young sleuths can venture back to that interesting time to see just how kids their own age lived. Living History Labs, an educational program at The House of the Seven Gables, runs April 16 through 24, from 11 am to 2 pm. All activities are scheduled at The Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem, MA. Those interested may call 978-744-0991 for more information.
The April Living History Labs program provides hands-on activities taken from the early Settlement House programs. The program changes daily and offers sewing, paper folding, 1915 games and many other activities. The Living History Labs are free with paid admission and Salem residents are admitted free of charge.
The House of the Seven Gables’ Settlement Association was founded by Caroline Emmerton, a Salem resident and committed philanthropist. She restored the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, renamed it The House of the Seven Gables and opened the house for public tours. The proceeds from the tours continue to support the Settlement programs as well as preserve and maintain The House of the Seven Gables.
About The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association
The mission of the House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association is to preserve its National Historic Landmark and leverage its power as an icon of American culture to engage diverse audiences and provide education opportunities for the local immigrant community. For more information visit www.7gables.org.