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    Salem Maritime

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

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April 18, 2014
Expanded Salem Visitor Center Hours, National Park Week Begins
The National Park Service Regional Visitor Center in Salem (2 New Liberty St.) is expanding its hours of operation and will now be open daily 9AM - 5PM, beginning Monday April 21st, 2014.

March 11, 2014
New Report Provides Valuable Insight on Tourism and Visitors to Salem
Today the National Park Service and the University of Idaho released the “Salem Maritime National Historic Site Visitor Study,” a 118-page profile of tourism trends and visitors to Salem’s National Park site and the city of Salem.

March 10, 2014
Great Salem Fire Lecture
Salem Maritime National Historic Site and the History Department at Salem State University will co-host a free evening lecture by Dr. Jacob Remes title "Life and Labor in the AFtgermath of the Great Salem Fire" on Thursday, March 27, at the Salem Visitor Center (2 New Liberty Street) from7:30pm-9:00pm.

March 03, 2014
Visitor Spending Benefits Local Communities
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 767,649 visitors to Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site in 2012 spent $41.3 million in communities near the park. This visitor spending supported 559 jobs in the local area during the same period.

January 21, 2014
Upcoming History Lectures Bring Fresh Perspectives on Salem’s Past
Salem Maritime National Historic Site and the History Department at Salem State University will co-host two separate history talks on Thursday, February 6 and Thursday, March 27, at the Salem Visitor Center (2 New Liberty Street) from 7:30pm-9:00pm. Both talks are free and open to the public. Doors open at 7:00pm.

December 19, 2013
New Winter Hours of Operation at the Salem Regional Visitor Center
The National Park Service is announcing a temporary change to the winter hours of operation for the Salem Regional Visitor Center (2 New Liberty St.). The Visitor Center will now be open Wednesday through Sunday, 10am – 5pm beginning on December 23rd, 2013.

November 08, 2013
Friendship Mast Sections to be Removed
Portions of the forward and middle masts onboard the Friendship of Salem will be removed by a large crane on November 15th, 2013 as part of scheduled maintenance work.

October 17, 2013
Park Reopens to the Public
Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites reopened to the public today.

September 06, 2013
Climate Change in New England Lecture Series
Climate scientists, local residents and national park rangers will come together to discuss the impacts of climate change on New England communities as part of a free, public lecture series to begin on the evening of September 17th.

July 11, 2013
Salem Schooner Camp Receives National Park Foundation Impact Grant
The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, is proud to award Salem Maritime National Historic Site a 2013 Impact Grant to support the launch of their Salem Schooner Camp education program.

July 03, 2013
Historic British Reenactors to Demonstrate, Encamp Overnight on Derby Wharf
Salem Maritime National Historic Site and the Center for 18th Century Life at Minute Man National Historical Park are hosting an overnight British encampment at Salem Maritime on July 20 and 21, 2013 from 10AM to 4PM. The National Park Service has invited some of the best re-enactors in Massachusetts to portray General Gage, his staff, his troops, and the legislators and civilians that he met in Massachusetts in 1774. The two-day event is free and open to the public.

May 21, 2013
North Reading School Geocaches in Park
Dozens of third graders recently turned Salem and its national park, Salem Maritime National Historic Site, into a dynamic outdoor classroom.

May 10, 2013
Outdoor Evening Program to Detail Recent Repairs to Friendship of Salem
The captain and staff of the Friendship of Salem will present an illustrated outdoor program detailing the recent repairs and future maintenance plans for Friendship using photographs, blueprints and a “hands-on” tour of the major repair areas of the ship. This free, 90-minute program will be held on Derby Wharf beginning at 7pm on May 16th.

April 23, 2013
Park Completes First "State of the Park" Report
Scientists, technicians and Salem Maritime National Historic Site managers have taken a long look at natural, cultural and historic resources in their care and summarized their findings in a first-of-its kind “State of the Park” report.

Did You Know?

The octant is a navigational tool based on the curve of one eighth of a circle. It measures angles for solar and celestial navigation.

In 1799, Salem native Nathaniel Bowditch revised John H. Moore's New Practical Navigator, the standard navigation manual of the 18th century. Bowditch discovered and corrected over 8,000 errors in Moore's manual! In 1802, Bowditch published the New American Practical Navigator.