All posts by Dinah Cardin

Dinah Cardin

Dinah Cardin

Dinah Cardin is Special Projects Writer at PEM and editor of PEM’s blog, Connected. She also co-produces and hosts the museum's podcast series. Before working at PEM, Dinah was a journalist, professor and founding editor at Art Throb Magazine. She loves her walkable commute to the museum and more walks with her dog.


In defense of arts funding

Cultural institutions across the country are reeling from news that the White House plans to slash or eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment …

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Peeling back the layers

Exploring the dark and chilly rooms of PEM’s John Ward House is like going into a secret world where only a few lucky ones hold the key. As they peel …


Museum as a muse

When photographer Rosamond Purcell first had the idea –  decades ago — to photograph in museums, she didn’t exactly find an open and welcoming door. “That’s not the mission of …

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The little free library

Cicero, the Roman politician, once said, “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” PEM’s recently renovated Ropes Mansion is now home to a fancy …

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A passionate collector

When Deputy Director Lynda Roscoe Hartigan was arranging to bring Shoes: Pleasure and Pain to PEM from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, she knew she would find a way to …


PEMcast 008.3: The Crushers

In this episode of the PEMcast we conclude our three part Historic House Crush series with a conversation with Karina Waters, who has taken her love of historic structures to the next level …

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Island reflection

Every year, around the end of October, Salem-ites struggle with what to do with ourselves. Spooky festivities, at this point, have lasted weeks, and we’re anxious for November to begin …

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Historic house keeping

How do you clean a historic house filled with irreplaceable artifacts? The answer is, carefully, and with professional help. This summer, museum staff worked to give Yin Yu Tang, a …


Creating on Appledore

For a whole week this summer, artists descended upon Appledore Island off the coast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and helped keep up the tradition of the island as a haven …