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Benton in 3-D


Dar Williams meets Morse

I had no intention of ever writing a song. Sure, I’d hauled an ancient guitar that once belonged to my father-in-law out of my basement to mess around with following …

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Words, words, words

By Jessica Jones As the second to last month of the year, November represents that last push to the finish. For students, it’s book-ended by midterms and finals. At this …


Patron stories

I am a listener of stories. All the wonderful people I meet in my work at PEM have amazing stories about what art means to them, how creativity plays a …


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 …


Ikebana with Keiko Thayer

Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, goes back as far as the 6th century. Originating from a blend of Buddhist and Shinto traditions, it transforms flower arrangement into a …

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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 …


Shop shoes

As Director of Merchandising at PEM’s museum store, buying product is the part of my job I love doing more than anything else. When I first learned that there would be …

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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 …

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Playing favorites in American Art

There’s a scene early on in the television show Arrested Development in which the family matriarch Lucille Bluth insists, “If you’re saying I play favorites, you’re wrong. I love all …