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Benton in 3-D

Scrimshaw of the Ship Susan, 1829. Frederick Myrick (1808-1862). On board the SUSAN. Sperm whale tooth, blacking. Gift of George Pierce, ca.

What speaks to me: Trevor Smith

  This piece first appeared in Connections, PEM’s member magazine, and is part of a series where our curators are asked to tell about a piece in the collection that …


A walking tour of PEM’s historic houses

I’m not an architecture enthusiast or an expert at historic house conservation. I’m also not from the area, so I don’t have a deep contextual understanding of Salem’s historic houses …

Joel and Chip 1

PEMcast: Episode: 008.2

In the last episode of the PEMcast, we explored an historic downtown Salem that almost wasn’t when the wrecking ball of urban renewal loomed over our little city in the …


Aloha Hōkūle‘a

The Hōkūle‘a (“Star of Gladness”), Hawai’i’s famous voyaging canoe, recently left Salem, after porting here for a couple of days. Fueled by a passion for sharing a message about Mālama …

Guests 2 blog

Celia’s Salon

The Salem Athenæum’s current exhibit, Celia’s Salon is about Celia Thaxter’s informal arts colony on Appledore Island, ten miles off the coast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  The exhibit displays books …


The life of a registrar

PEM is well-known, and rightly so, for the innovate and dynamic exhibitions it presents in Salem. From Strandbeests to priceless porcelain to contemporary immersive sculpture, PEM is committed to transforming …

cloud sketching

Creative summer reading

As an acquiring editor for Quarry Books, part of the Quarto Publishing Group, the world’s leading publisher of illustrated reference books, my job is largely to have a new idea …


Crushing on historic houses

I didn’t grow up with fancy old architecture. I rarely saw it, out in the plains of South Dakota. As someone who came from a heritage where our homes, since …


Tiny dancer

The internet loves a good cheeky-kid video: Toddlers imitating the pet dog, biting Charlie’s finger, or showing us how to really “Nae Nae.” I myself have spent an embarrassing amount …