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April 19, 2013
Junior Ranger Day 2013
Celebrate National Junior Ranger Day 2013 at your National Park! Looking for something fun, free, and fantastic to do with family and friends? Why not become a Junior Ranger?! On Saturday, April 20, 2013 celebrate National Junior Ranger Day at Salem Maritime National Historic Site with free entrance aboard Friendship of Salem.

March 26, 2013
A "Park for Every Classroom" Success Story in West Newbury
Dozens of West Newbury students recently turned their schoolyard trail system into a classroom as part of a pilot program of the National Park Service.

March 15, 2013
Park Celebrates 75th Anniversary
Celebratory musket fire and cheers will echo off the roofs and wharves of the Salem waterfront as America’s first National Historic Site celebrates its 75th anniversary this Sunday, March 17th 2013.

March 13, 2013
Removal of Non-Historic Rigging Shed
The “Rigging Shed,” a non-historic wooden structure built in 1997, is scheduled to be demolished and removed from Central Wharf this Spring.

November 09, 2012
Salem Maritime National Historic Site to Waive Visitor Fees for Veterans Day Weekend 2012
In honor of those that serve and have served in the United States military, national park units around the country, including Salem Maritime National Historic Site, will be offering everyone fee-free tours and programs during the Veterans Day weekend.

October 03, 2012
Upcoming Public Lecture to Examine Salem Witch Trials Street-by-Street, Neighbor-to-Neighbor
To commemorate the Salem Witch Trials, Salem resident and historian Timothy Kendall will present a free illustrated public lecture at 7pm on October 18th at the National Park Visitor Center (2 New Liberty St.).

August 10, 2012
Salem's National Park Helps Local Teachers Chart the Right Course
Last week twenty-two teachers from Salem and greater Essex County took part in “A Coast for Every Classroom,” a week-long professional development workshop promoting the value of place-based education programs for students.

July 25, 2012
2012 Salem Maritime Festival
The 2012 Salem Maritime Festival, a celebration of “Ships, Sawdust, Sailors & Song,” will be held August 3-4, 2012 and hosted by the National Park Service on the historic wharves at Salem Maritime National Historic Site.

June 21, 2012
Friendship Open for Public Tours, Closed for Private Events this Summer
The second phase of repair work on Friendship of Salem, Salem Maritime National Historic Site’s tall ship, is currently underway at the ship’s berth on Derby Wharf. Friendship will not be participating in any sailing events this year due to ongoing work. Public access to Friendship will continue throughout the summer on a modified schedule as carpenters and engineers complete various maintenance projects aboard the ship.

June 14, 2012
Plundering Privateers Brought to Life by Salem Author
On June 28 at 7 PM at the Salem Visitor Center (2 New Liberty Street) the National Park Service will present a free lecture and book signing about the Salem privateers during the War of 1812.

June 07, 2012
Friendship to Return Home to Salem
National Park Service Superintendent Michael Quijano-West announced today that Friendship of Salem is sailing home. "It is time to celebrate! Friendship is in the water and if the weather holds, we invite the community to join us Saturday, June 9th at 3pm on historic Derby Wharf to welcome her home."

June 01, 2012
Derby House Closure
The Derby House, part of Salem Maritime National Historic Site, will be closed starting June 18th, 2012 for historic preservation work and maintenance. The work will continue throughout most of 2012, with a completion date to-be-determined.

May 15, 2012
Military Pass Now Available for All National Parks
To show our appreciation for those who serve in the U.S. Military, on May 19 – Armed Forces Day – the National Park Service will begin issuing an annual pass offering free entrance to all 397 national parks for active duty military members and their dependents.

April 23, 2012
National Park Week 2012
During National Park Week, April 21 - 29, Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites extend an invitation to "Experience Your America" and are waiving visitor fees for all tours.

April 20, 2012
National Park Service to Host Book Launch at Salem Visitor Center
On April 28, 2012 from noon to 4 PM, Salem Maritime National Historic Site will host a book launch at the Salem Visitor Center for the new book The Polish Community of Salem.

February 28, 2012
Economic Impact Report Released
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that visitors to Salem Maritime National Historic Site spent $52.1 million in Salem and adjacent communities in 2010.

December 15, 2010
Salem Visitor Center to Close Temporarily, Jan 1-16, 2011
The National Park Visitor Center at 2 New Liberty Street in Salem will be closed January 1-16 for routine maintenance. Visitor Services will continue at the Salem Maritime Orientation Center, 193 Derby Street.

May 28, 2010
National Park Foundation's "First Bloom" Program Plants Roots in Salem Maritime National Historic Site
The National Park Foundation FirstBloom program returns to Salem Maritime. The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem will be replanting part of the Derby Garden.

March 16, 2010
Salem Maritime to Repair Storm Damage on Derby Wharf
The storms on February 25 and March 13-15, 2010, caused damage to Derby Wharf

November 24, 2009
National Park Service prepares for the return of Friendship of Salem
Friendship of Salem is due to return to its home on Derby Wharf on Sunday, November 22.

September 09, 2009
Salem Maritime National Historic Site and Essex Heritage Celebrate the Successful Conclusion of the America's Best Idea Grant Summer Camp Program
The National Park Service and partners sponsor a reception to showcase camper-created exhibits and a preview of the upcoming Ken Burns' PBS documentary, "The National Parks: America’s Best Idea."

August 07, 2009
Sailing Vessel Peacemaker to visit Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Salem Maritime welcomes the sailing vessel Peacemaker to Central Wharf, August 19-25

July 17, 2009
National Park Service Announces Update on Tall Ship Friendship
An update on the ongoing repairs to Friendship of Salem

June 19, 2009
Celebrate July Fourth at Salem Maritime
Salem is set for the Fourth. Press release from the office of Mayor Kim Driscoll.

June 17, 2009
Salem Maritime National Historic Site to Waive Tour Fees on Three Summer Weekends
Salem Maritime National Historic Site will be waiving its tour fees for three weekends this summer, in accordance with the National Park Service’s decision to waive entrance fees to the 147 national parks that charge an entrance fee. 

April 15, 2009
Celebrate National Junior Ranger Day at your National Parks in Essex County
Junior Ranger Day will be celebrated on April 25, 2009 at the two National Park Service sites in Essex County: Salem Maritime National Historic Site in Salem and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site in Saugus.

April 07, 2009
National Park Service Partners with Boys and Girls Club to Teach Kids about Nature in Essex County
Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem have been the recipients of a prestigious First Bloom program grant from the National Park Foundation.

November 29, 2008
Winners of the 2008 Essex National Heritage Area Photo Contest on Display in Visitor Center
The Essex National Heritage Area announces that the winners of the Essex National Heritage Area's 2008 photo contest are on display in the Salem Visitor Center.

November 20, 2008
Salem Maritime Announces 2008-2009 Winter Hours
Salem Maritime announces new tour schedules for December-February, 2008-2009.

September 16, 2008
Timber Framing Demonstration to Take Place on Derby Wharf
On October 4, 2008, master carpenter James Whidden and architect Mathew Cummings will demonstrate traditional timber framing techniques on historic Derby Wharf.

September 04, 2008
Frame Up! On Derby Wharf, September 15 and 16
The frames of Pedrick Store House will be raised into position on September 15 and 16. This is a major stage in the reassembly of this historic structure on Derby Wharf.

July 16, 2008
Exciting Music Lineup a Feature of the 20th Annual Salem Maritime Festival
The 20th annual Salem Maritime Festival features an exciting music lineup from all over New England.

July 15, 2008
Salem Maritime's Tall Ship Makes Centennial Challenge Voyage
Salem Maritime NHS's tall ship Friendship visited Boothbay Harbor, Maine as part of a Centennial Challenge program

March 22, 2008
Friendship Captain Honored With Tourism Award
Friendship captain James Fox was honored at the 21st Annual Governor’s Conference

February 26, 2008
Award-Winning Essex Heritage Area Images on Display at Visitor Center
The winning photographs from the 2007 Essex Heritage Photography Contest are now on display in the National Park Service Regional Visitor Center

December 11, 2007
Salem Maritime Ornament Displayed on White House Christmas Tree
An ornament depicting scenes from Salem Maritime National Historic Site is being displayed on the official White House Christmas tree as part of the "Holiday in the National Parks" theme.

October 22, 2007
1812 Marines Encampment on Derby Wharf
On October 27, 2007, the National Park Service welcomes the reenactment unit 1812 US Marines and Navy Guard for a demonstration of 19th century military maneuvers.

September 18, 2007
New Citizens Sworn In at Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Thirty-six new United States citizens were sworn in at Salem Maritime National Historic Site on Monday in an outdoor ceremony.

September 16, 2007
Salem Maritime Celebrates Citizenship Day
On September 17, 2007, a naturalization ceremony will take place on the steps of the U.S Custom House at Salem Maritime National Historic Site

September 01, 2007
Trails and Sails 2007
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August 27, 2007
Salem Maritime NHS and the NPS Centennial Initiative
Three proposals by Salem Maritime NHS were among the 201 projects chosen as eligible for matching funds under the National Park Service's landmark Centennial Intiative

July 24, 2007
HISTORIC SCHOONER AT SALEM MARITIME FESTIVAL
The historic schooner Lettie G. Howard will be visiting Salem from New York City for the Salem Maritime Festival

July 23, 2007
19th Annual Maritime Festival Comes to Salem
The 19th Annual Salem Maritime Festival runs from 10 a.m. to dusk, Aug. 4, at Salem Maritime National Historic Site, 193 Derby St.

July 21, 2007
Friendship's Rigging Fully in Place for the First Time
For the first time in its 11-year existence, the replica tall ship Friendship is carrying a full set of sails.

June 30, 2007
Friendship Leads Parade of Sail at Tall Ships Rhode Island
It was announced today that Friendship of Salem, a full-rigged tall ship based at Salem Maritime National Historic Site in Salem, MA, was chosen to lead the Parade of Sail that closes Tall Ships Rhode Island in Newport, RI.

May 19, 2007
Friendship Departs Salem
Salem’s tall ship Friendship of Salem departs Derby Wharf at Salem Maritime National Historic Site on Monday, May 21 for routine inspections and maintenance in Fairhaven, MA

April 30, 2007
Junior Ranger Ambassador Grant
Salem Maritime National Historic Site Awarded Junior Ranger Ambassadors Grant. The National Park Foundation awards Salem Maritime National Historic Site with a grant to create and enhance Junior Ranger Programs at the site.

March 2007
Friendship will be leaving Salem several times over the course of the summer. Find out when and where she is going.

September 2006
Approximately fifty new citizens were sworn in on the steps of the U.S. Custom House at Salem Maritime. Read more about this ceremony, and excerpts from the remarks by Salem Maritime Superintendent Patricia Trap and U.S. District Court Judge Richard Stearns.

Did You Know?

On a sunny day, a small boat motors past the 1871 lighthouse at the tip of Derby Wharf.

Salem native Captain John Derby was the first to bring news of the Battle of Lexington and Concord to England when he sailed from Derby Wharf in April 1775. In 1783, Captain John Derby was also the first person to bring news of the signing of the Treaty of Paris to America.