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American Literature Association Annual Conference

"A Saint from Salem," An Extraordinary Lecture at the House of the Seven Gables Regarding the Life and Beatification of Rose Hawthorne Lathrop

To celebrate the 200th Birthday of Nathaniel Hawthorne The House of the Seven Gables is honored to present a special lecture on the life of Rose Hawthorne Lathrop and her proposed sainthood. Patricia Dunlavy Valenti, PhD., an associate professor at the University of North Carolina - Pembroke, and a Nathaniel Hawthorne scholar, will deliver the lecture on February 26,2004 at 7:00 PM in the Seamans Visitor Center at The House of the Seven Gables.

The event is free, but space must be reserved in advance. Rose Hawthorne Lathrop, the daughter of Salem natives Nathaniel Hawthorne and Sophia Peabody, founded the first home for terminally ill cancer patients in the United States. This was a time when cancer, like leprosy, was considered a communicable disease. Her altruistic efforts were recognized by Cardinal Edward Egan in February 2003, and her remarkable life has led to her candidacy for beatification. "Nathaniel and Rose Hawthorne's contributions to literature, culture, and society continue to advance the association of the Hawthorne's with history," states Stan Burchfield, Executive Director, The House of the Seven Gables.

Ms. Valenti, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill doctoral program, has written several articles and books on the Hawthorne family, most notably "To Myself a Stranger: A Biography of Rose Hawthorne Lathrop," published in 1991. The House of the Seven Gables is truly grateful to have such a distinguished scholar contribute to our tradition of education.

Limited seating is available and reservations are recommended. To reserve, please call 978-744-0991 ext 107 or email rcohn@7gables.org.

The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association, a nonprofit organization founded in 1910, is dedicated to educating people of all ages, preserving its historic building and collections for future generations, and providing community services for families and children. The historic site features three 17th century buildings, including the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, also known as "The House of the Seven Gables", the birthplace of American literary legend Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Colonial Revival Gardens. Proceeds from admission fees and retail sales benefit pre-school, after-school and camp programs at The House of the Seven Gables Settlement. The historic site is open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM with extended hours until 7:00 PM from July through October. The House of the Seven Gables is easily accessible from major highways, MBTA trains and buses. For more information please call 978-744-0991 or visit our website at www.7gables.org.

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