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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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No postage required

After a few minutes of flipping through a box at a shop in Essex, I picked it up: a simple view of the Old State House in Boston with a …

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What speaks to me – Dean Lahikainen

  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 …

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History and anarchy

Why do historic house tours always include a table covered in the finest dishes and perfectly made beds? Why are they the quietest places on Earth, even though many, many …

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Meet the Beest Wranglers

The job description marked a first for PEM – and probably also a last: Seeking motivated individuals with knowledge of engineering, interest in contemporary art, passion for working with people, …