The Salem Historical Society Hosts Crowdfunding Campaign for Nathaniel Hawthorne Birth Site Marker
Salem, MA – October 14th, 2015 – To commemorate the birth and literary legacy of Salem-born author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, the Salem Historical Society recently launched a crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo.com. This campaign will raise money for a historic marker to be placed at the site of the world-renowned author’s birth at 27 Union Street in Salem, MA. Currently, there is no marker or plaque at the site where his birth house once stood. The original site of the house, which was moved to the grounds of The House of the Seven Gables in 1958, is now part of a private residence. The Society has been in communication with the homeowner whose land the house stood on, and has received permission to raise this historic marker. The Society has also reached out to local historic and preservation groups, and has the support of many local organizations regarding this project.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, one of America’s most important and widely read authors, was born on the Fourth of July, 1804 in a home on Union Street in Salem, Massachusetts. Built circa 1750, the home in which Hawthorne was born now stands on the campus of The House of the Seven Gables, just a few blocks from its original location, where it was moved in 1958. Though the house itself is well preserved, and open to the public at The House of the Seven Gables, because it was moved from Union Street, many guests inquire about its original location.
Other sites in Salem associated with Hawthorne have merited commemoration, and the location of his birth surely qualifies as a site worthy of distinction. A marker near the original site would provide a better experience for visitors interested in tracing Hawthorne’s legacy in Salem, and its presence could only better the cultural landscape of this historic city.
The Salem Historical Society was formed in 2015. The mission of the Society is “an independent organization dedicated to the study, promotion, and preservation of Salem's history for the benefit of the community.”