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      Blog & PEMcast

      Enjoy stories and conversations for the culturally curious, written by museum staff, guest contributors, interns, fellows and more.

      Blog & Pemcast

      Connected Blog

      Students help kick off month-long community art project with artist Marie Watt

      Marie Watt (Seneca Nation), winner of the PEM Prize, engages Salem in a month-long community art project.

      5 Min Read

      Korean art and music comes to PEM

      PEM’s Curator of Korean Art shares behind the scenes of the new Korean gallery and the upcoming concert by CelloGayageum.

      5 Min read

      Politicians and artists talk challenges and opportunities for the North Shore’s creative community

      PEM and the Creative Collective gather stakeholders to tackle problems and foster opportunities for the region’s creative community.

      6 Min read

      “Our Time on Earth” and Rare look at collective power to drive climate action

      Rare’s Frank Lowenstein on our individual and collective potential to combat climate change.

      5 Min read

      Object Spotlight: The Belle o’ the Ball Hoop

      In PEM’s Fashion and Design gallery Mary Clayton’s 1951 Belle o’ the Ball Hoop crinoline embodies how fashion and design can be practical, trendy, and transformative.

      5 min read

      Celebrating the Year of the Dragon, one gallery at a time

      The year of the dragon is celebrated at PEM with a search for dragons throughout the galleries.

      5 Min read

      Celebrating LatinXcellence throughout Massachusetts

      LatinX shares about their exhibition at PEM that supports Massachusetts leaders.

      3 Min read

      Local wolves & global creativity: Behind the scenes of Our Time on Earth

      Go behind the scenes with exhibition preparers as we delve into the world of our new exhibition, Our Time on Earth.

      10 min read

      A Word with Gio Swaby

      Gio Swaby shares behind the scenes of her new exhibition at PEM, Fresh Up.

      8 min read

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      Behind the scenes of PEM’s Witch Trials Walk

      8 min read

      Creativity Meets Sustainability in the PEM Shop

      6 min read

      The Adventures of Salem’s Frederick Townsend Ward, from Salem Seaman to Soldier for China

      9 min read

      Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House

      Explore a 200-year-old Chinese house, disassembled in Anhui Province and reconstructed brick by brick in Salem.


      PEMcast 35, Part 2: William Bentley as Curious Collector and Consultant

      Part 2 of the PEMcast on Reverend William Bentley looks at how his collecting and consulting helped form PEM.

      37 MIN LISTEN

      PEMcast 35: The Curious Life of Reverend William Bentley

      The PEMcast looks at the life and legacy of Salem's Reverend William Bentley.

      39 Min listen

      PEMcast 34: Hanging with Bats

      In this episode, we give much respect and appreciation to bats as vital living beings on the planet. Join host Dinah Cardin, curator Jane Winchell and local artist Maia Mattson. The episode takes us foraging for plants in Salem, looking for bats in California and under a night sky in Maine.

      34 min listen

      PEMcast 32: Restoring Justice after the Salem Witch Trials

      In this episode of the PEMcast we go behind the scenes of PEM's latest Salem Witch Trials exhibition. We examine objects that belonged to the Salem Puritans and attempts to restore justice from the 17th century to today.

      24 Min Listen

      Following the Thread: PEMcast 30

      30 min listen

      PEMcast 26: Our Current Climate

      32 Min Listen

      PEMcast 19: The Legacy of Salem's Witch Trials

      25 min listen