Arts, Culture, and Humanities

House of Seven Gables Settlement Association

  • Salem, MA
  • http://www.7gables.org/educational_settlement.shtml

Mission Statement

Originally built by sea captain and merchant John Turner in 1668, The House of the Seven Gables is one of the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansions in America, and one of New England's most important historic sites. Today, The House of Seven Gables' campus constitutes its own National Historic Landmark District on The National Register of Historic Places, and includes the seaside Colonial Revival Gardens. The Gables received designation as a National Historic Landmark District in 2007.The House of the Seven Gables is also a long-standing community service provider. In 1910, local preservationist and philanthropist Caroline Emmerton purchased the mansion to preserve the house for future generations and support Salem's immigrant population with educational and job skills training. Ms. Emmerton opened the historic home as a museum and used the admissions proceeds to fund what was then called ""Settlement Work"". This dual mission of preservation and education still exists today and makes The Gables unique among American cultural institutions.

Main Programs

  1. Museum Tours
  2. Education & Settlement Work
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Salem, MA is a destination for visitors around the world due largely to its rich colonial history including the Salem Witch Trials, maritime heritage, and literary connections. The Gables along with its Salem cultural partners, the Peabody Essex Museum, the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, and numerous historic neighborhoods make Salem an ideal tourist destination for today's heritage tourist. Over 90,000 people from around the world visit The Gables annually.

ruling year

1927

Principal Officer since 2013

Self-reported

Ms Kara McLaughlin

Keywords

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Museum; History Museums, Arts,

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EIN

04-2104324

 Number

4912995066

Also Known As

The House of the Seven Gables; The Gables

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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2013 Accomplishments1) Provided over 90,000 visitors from the US and internationally with a culturally rich experience of early American history, seafaring families' life stories and Nathaniel Hawthorne's literary legacy.2) Partnered with three to five community organization's to support Salem's immigrant population. Programs included vocational training that provided teens with their first job; introduction to the world of music, dance and visual arts with performances at The Gables; English as a Second Language classes, and SAT prep classes held onsite.3) Created a campus restoration plan, grouping essential preservation work into five-year phases. Priority work started in 2013 on The House of the Seven Gables and the Visitor Center. 4) Secured a matching grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and raised $150,000 in matching funds for preservation work, and held a new annual fundraising gala at The Gables with over 300 attendees. 2014 Goals1) Ensure preservation of our historic campus and start preservation work on the Hooper Hathaway and Phippen houses.2) Develop a series of revolving exhibits designed to encourage multiple visits from local residents. 3) Work to further develop partnerships with community organizations to expand the growth of programs to support under underserved immigrant communities in Salem.4) Expand educational programs for elementary and middle school children in Salem.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Museum Tours

For the past century, The Gables has opened its doors to thousands of visitors from all over the globe who come to see its 17th, 18th and 19th century structures and learn about Salem's and our nation's early history. Visitors to our campus experience early American architecture, maritime history, seafaring families' life stories, and Nathaniel Hawthorne's literary legacy. In addition to tours, museum programs include a lecture series and period reenactments. A trip to The Gables gives the visitor a chance to take a step back into America's history to experience life from another perspective

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$175,000

Program 2

Education & Settlement Work

The Gables offers and supports changing programs based on community needs and interests. Since 2011, these programs were accomplished either solely by The Gables, or through partnerships with like-minded, mission driven organizations that focus on improving literacy, self-esteem and job skills for immigrant and underserved children and youth.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

$100,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Salem, MA is a destination for visitors around the world due largely to its rich colonial history including the Salem Witch Trials, maritime heritage, and literary connections. The Gables along with its Salem cultural partners, the Peabody Essex Museum, the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, and numerous historic neighborhoods make Salem an ideal tourist destination for today's heritage tourist. Over 90,000 people from around the world visit The Gables annually.

Funding Needs

Our priorities for 2014 are :* Preservation and maintenance of The Gables campus and safety of our collection. Preserving and restoring the Hooper Hathaway, Nathaniel Hawthorne Birthplace and Phippen Houses are the highest priority for the preservation work. Phippen House (1782) is the first building visitors see when they approach the Gables campus. Hooper Hathaway House (1682) was originally used for educational and Settlement programs and its restoration will ensure we can return the building to its original use. Nathaniel Hawthorne's Birthplace (1750) was moved to our campus in 1950s and is an integral part of the visitor experience. The preservation and restoration costs associated with these three buildings alone exceed $350,000. The cost to preserve, restore and maintain all of the historic buildings on our National Historic Landmark campus limits the funds that are available to use for our social services/settlement work.* Expanding settlement programs to support immigrant communities in Salem. Offering a new ESL classes for adults and Citizenship classes too. The preservation work on the Hooper Hathaway property will ensure that funds can be targeted toward educational programs again, create space for additional interpretation, open climate-controlled artifact storage space, and provide revenue-generating facility rental opportunities.* Attracting multiple visits from local residents through an exciting series of revolving exhibits, a garden tour, and expanded field trips from schools across Massachusetts.

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THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES SETTLEMENT ASSOCIATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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House of Seven Gables Settlement Association

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms Kara McLaughlin

BIO

Kara McLaughlin joined The Gables in March 2013 as the Interim Executive Director. In January 2014 she accepted the Executive Director position. Since then she has been responsible for planning and directing the organization's activities, including personnel and financial management, visitor services, settlement programs, development, preservation and maintenance. Prior to joining The Gables, Ms. McLaughlin's career included experience in the for-profit business world as well as public education. She spent almost twenty years in the field of human resources, serving several years as the President and CEO of The Survey Group, a regional compensation consulting firm. She spent the last four years serving as a math tutor in the Salem and Danvers public schools.Ms. McLaughlin has very strong ties to the community. Born and raised in Salem, she received her B.A.from Wellesley College, her MBA from Northeastern University and her Master's in Education from Lesley University. She currently lives in Salem with her husband and two children.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

" For the past century, the House of the Seven Gables has provided residents of Salem and visitors from around the world with a well preserved, nationally recognized historic campus that educates visitors about early American architecture, maritime history, and interprets the literary legacy of Nathaniel Hawthorne, while delivering community-based services to local families. The Gables recently updated Caroline Emmerton's visionary settlement model to better address the needs of today's immigrant population for the 21st century, establishing strategic partnerships with community organizations, including the Salem Public Schools, whose programs align with the spirit and intent of our mission. We are proud of our historic campus and our ability to fuel the growth of programs to support the underserved immigrant community in Salem. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. George Irving Esq.

Salem Law Offices

Term: May 2014 - May 2017

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