SALEM — In 1916, Caroline Emmerton’s Settlement House served immigrant families living in The House of the Seven Gables’ neighborhood. Children attended classes that taught household and industrial skills like cooking, woodworking, sewing and gardening. Emmerton’s Settlement programming also offered theatrical, musical and athletic clubs that children and their families joined.
Students on April school vacation are invited to join The House of the Seven Gables’ education staff April 15 to April 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Living History Labs featuring hands-on activities based on early 20th century Settlement House programs. Students will play both scientist and historian in ‘lab experiments’ to practice sewing and paper folding skills, and to play 1916 games.
Living History Labs are included with general admission. Those interested may visit www.7Gables.org/visit to plan a visit or contact Dan Marshall, Visitor Services Manager at dmarshall@7Gables.org for more information. The House of the Seven Gables is located at 115 Derby St., Salem, Massachusetts. Some parking is available onsite.