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April 30, 2014

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As part of his spring lecture series, historian Jim McAllister takes a look at the human side of the Great Salem Fire — tales of  victims, heroes and villains — drawn from personal letters, diaries, newspaper accounts and official reports. His presentation, "The Great Salem Fire: Stories Within the Story," takes place at 7 p.m. in the Cleveland Room of First Church, 316 Essex St., Salem. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $12, cash or check only. For more information, email culturecorner@gmail.com or call 978-979-5907.

For Colonialists, clams were a survival food, consumed during periods of want. New England farmers set their pigs free on the clam flats to eat their fill, and long line fisherman, trolling for cod off George’s Bank, used clams as bait. Today this mollusk is a cultural icon and symbol of New England cuisine. Food historian Joe Carlin presents a talk that explores how the humble clam, dug from the mud, became the symbol of New England summers tonight at 7 at Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. For more information, visit the library's website.

The final program of St. Michael’s tercentenary lecture series, "History & Heritage of St. Michael's," features Salem architect Edward O. Nilsson, who will discuss what St. Michael’s Church looked like upon completion in 1714, the likely 17th century English and Dutch antecedents for its design, and later modifications that renewed the worship environment to accommodate changing liturgical practices. The lecture kicks off at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 26 Pleasant St., Marblehead. For more information, email gracefriary@comcast.net or visit www.stmichaels2014.org.

 

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