Salem Resources

NOTE: This list provides visitor information for Salem and the surrounding area as well as a sampling of the museums, historical houses, libraries, and other collections that would be easily available to institute participants. It focuses on resources located in Salem and its neighboring towns as well as organizations that participants will visit as part of the institute's curriculum.

North of Boston Convention and Visitor's Bureau
North of Boston Convention and Visitor's Bureau gives the visitor an in-depth look into the sites, sounds, and experiences you can receive in all four seasons on the North Shore.

Destination Salem
Destination Salem is a complete access guide to visiting Salem. You can find information about recent local happenings as well as dates for upcoming city events. Destination Salem links you to every attraction from the Peabody Essex Museum to the fascinating Salem Trolley tours. Exploring this web site will take you through a virtual tour through Salem's historic attractions and accommodations.

Salem Massachusetts City Guide
All things Salem including a community bulletin board, a section on Salem's architectural heritage, restaurants, accommodations, and more.

Essex National Heritage Commission
Designated in 1996 by the U.S. Congress, the Essex National Heritage Area covers the 500 square miles of eastern Massachusetts that lies north of Boston. It's not one location, but thousands of historical sites. Their website has information about and links to numerous cultural, historical and natural area sites and resources from historic properties and museums to beaches and accommodations.

Cape Ann Vacations
Travel guide, maps, and information on Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester-by-the-Sea from the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

Salem in History
The Science and Art of Learning from Evidence and Materials in History aims to increase the depth, breadth and quality of teachers' knowledge and understanding of United States history, and provide teachers with the training, materials

Hawthorne in Salem
Topics related to the life and work of Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Historic Salem Incorporated
Historic Salem Incorporated is designed for those interested in taking an in-depth look at Salem's historical sites. You can navigate through architectural links and get involved with current preservation issues. The Historic Salem Incorporated website contains a newsletter that you may download. Learn about the people, events and news that make Salem the landmark city of Massachusetts.

Peabody Essex Museum
One of the largest museums on the East Coast, the Peabody Essex Museum is home to a large collection of art and culture stemming from the early China trade and East India trading company, as well as art reflecting New England's culture. The architecture collection includes twenty-two historic American structures and a major architectural fragment collection. Four of the buildings are designated National Historic Landmarks; six others are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum's physical campus includes three city blocks and several off-site properties.

Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum
The Phillips Library, part of the Peabody Essex Museum, is one of New England's most important and historic research libraries. It has national reputation as a major resource for maritime history and art, New England life and culture, American decorative arts, Asian art and culture, Native American history and art, the art and culture of Oceania, natural history and genealogy. The Library holds the nation's largest collection of ship logs and journals as well as original court documents from the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials.

Salem Maritime National Historic Site (National Park Service)
Salem was once one of the most important ports in the nation. Salem Maritime was the first National Historic Site in the National Park System, was established to preserve and interpret the maritime history of New England and the United States. The Site consists of about nine acres of land, twelve historic structures, and a reconstructed tall ship along the waterfront in Salem, Massachusetts, as well as a Visitor Center in downtown Salem. The Site documents the development of the Atlantic triangular trade during the colonial period, the role of privateering during the Revolutionary War, and the international maritime trade, especially with the Far East, which established American economic independence after the Revolution.

Salem Athenaeum
Salem's historic library dating from 1760. A wonderful and important collection in a beautiful setting with rotating exhibitions.

Salem Public Library
Located in the Historic District of Salem, Massachusetts in an 1855 renovated brick mansion originally owned by sea merchant John Bertram. The library is part of the North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE), a consortium of 28 public and academic libraries in the surrounding area.

The House of Seven Gables
The House of Seven Gables, also known as the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, was built in 1668, and is the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansion in New England. In addition, The House of Seven Gables constitutes its own national historic district on The National Register of Historic Places.

Jeremiah Lee Mansion
The Jeremiah Lee Mansion is a magnificent colonial Georgian home built by American craftsmen in 1768 when Lee was the wealthiest merchant and ship owner in Massachusetts. Preserved in its nearly original state, the house boasts fabulous period wallpaper. The site has links to other Marblehead collections.

Historic New England
Historic New England, formerly The Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. Among their extensive holdings are the Harrison Gray Otis house in Boston and the Stephen Phillips House in Salem. From house tours, programs, lectures and special events, to preservation and an archive of more than one million images, HNE has something to offer everyone who is committed to discovering, preserving and celebrating New England's heritage.

Danvers Historical Preservation Commission
Known as Salem Village in the 17th century, there are still over a dozen houses in Danvers dating from that era. Becoming independent from Salem in 1752, Danvers witnessed the development of various neighborhood villages, each having its era of prominence, and possessing a unique character. Through this website, the Danvers Historical Preservation Commission outlines the important colonial history of Salem Village from the 17th century up through the 19th century.

Danvers Historical Society
The Danvers Historical Society was formed in 1889 "to discover, collect, preserve and exhibit objects which illustrate local history, but particularly the history and development of the Town of Danvers." Historic properties owned and managed by the Society are Putnam House (1648), Page House (1754), and Glen Magna Farms (1812/1893). The Society's collection is housed at Tapley Memorial Hall and represents a large variety of cultural and decorative arts objects. In 1987 the Society became stewards of the Endicott Burying Ground.

Beverly Historical Society and Museum
The Beverly Historical Society and Museum preserves and interprets Beverly's social, artistic and cultural history. It does this by maintaining historic properties and collecting, exhibiting, and conserving artifacts and archival materials associated with Beverly. The Beverly Historical Society makes available to researchers library collections, and initiates and works with special interest groups within the society in order to further specific collections, properties, and interests.

Cape Ann Museum
Cape Ann has also been a leading center for artists since the 19th century and the source of granite for building projects up and down the East coast. The Museum's fisheries and maritime galleries reflect Cape Ann's preeminence in seafaring pursuits. The Museum exhibits work by Cape Ann artists from all periods, including the present, maintains an extensive library and offers tours and programs.

Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center
Dedicated to the preservation of Gloucester's maritime industrial history, the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center occupies 39,069 square feet overlooking Gloucester Harbor. The Center features the oldest continuously operating marine railway in the country, a 19th century mill building and a former ice house, which has been transformed into a workshop for building wooden boats. The Center's three wharves are the home of several fishing vessels representing different periods in the evolution of fishing technology.

The Sargent House Museum
The home built for author Judith Sargent Murray (1751-1820) is a 1782 Georgian-style building and garden overlooking the west end of Main Street in Gloucester. Judith Sargent Murray was born in Gloucester into a prominent seafaring family who gained recognition during her lifetime in literary and political circles. She is one of this country's earliest feminist writers, a recognition she secured with the 1790 publication of her essay "On the Equality of the Sexes."

Boston Public Library
Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library was the first publicly supported municipal library in America, the first public library to lend a book, the first to have a branch library and the first to have a children's room. Today, the Boston Public Library boasts 27 neighborhood branches, free Internet access, two unique restaurants, an award-winning website and an online store featuring reproductions of the Boston Public Library's priceless photographs and artwork.

The Leventhal Map Center
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library is the steward of the library's world-renowned collection of over 200,000 historic and contemporary maps and 5,000 atlases.
The collection has been digitized and the website offers free public access plus an extensive array of teacher resources.

Boston Athenaeum
The Boston Athenaeum, founded in 1807, is one of the oldest and most distinguished independent libraries in the United States. Today its collections comprise over half a million volumes, with particular strengths in Boston history, New England state and local history, biography, English and American literature, and the fine and decorative arts. On-line they host the Alexander Parris Digital Project and the Boston African Americana Collection.

Massachusetts Historical Society
The holdings of the Massachusetts Historical Society encompass millions of rare and unique documents and artifacts vital to the study of American history. The web site is a treasure trove of documents and images related to New England history. There is a section with resources developed by the Society's Adams and Swensrud Teacher Fellows. Each project uses primary sources from MHS collections to explore key topics in American history.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world with nearly 450,000 works of art. A large portion of the collection is available online as well as numerous educational resources for students and teachers.

The Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile red-brick walking trail that leads you to 16 nationally significant historic sites. Preserved and dedicated by the citizens of Boston in 1958, when the wrecking ball threatened, the Freedom Trail today is a unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond.

Mount Auburn Cemetery
Mount Auburn Cemetery, one of the country's most significant cultural landscapes, is a National Historic Landmark. Founded in 1831, it was the first large-scale designed landscape open to the public in the United States. The architecture at Mount Auburn Cemetery is uniquely placed within an intact 19th century landscape. Today its beauty, historical associations and horticultural collections are internationally renowned.

American Antiquarian Society
The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) is an independent research library founded in 1812 in Worcester, Massachusetts. The library's collections document the life of America's people from the colonial era through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Collections include books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, broadsides, manuscripts, music, graphic arts, and local histories.

Worcester Art Museum
The collections at the Worcester Art Museum span the history of American art from 1670 to the end of the twentieth century, with special strengths in colonial painting and American Impressionism. By virtue of the Museum's location in central New England and the scholarly interests of the first curators of the collection, Worcester's early American paintings include many renowned works. The Museum is also recognized for its collections of American watercolors and watercolor miniatures on ivory. A good selection of American paintings online with informative text and bibliography.

Wadsworth Athenaeum
Founded by Daniel Wadsworth, the Wadsworth Athenaeum is the oldest art museum in America with a permanent collection of more than 45,000 works of art. The American Painting & Sculpture collection is one of the most distinguished of its kind in quality, range, and historical importance. More than 600 paintings, 200 sculptures, and 1,200 drawings and watercolors by approximately 400 artists constitute a nearly encyclopedic survey of fine art in the United States.