Hawthorne in Salem 
This Website was funded in May of 2000 by a three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and is a collaborative effort of North Shore Community College in Danvers, Massachusetts, and three Salem, Massachusetts museums with important Hawthorne collections: The Peabody Essex Museum , the House of the Seven Gables Historic Site , and the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. Also, the sections on The Custom House chapter of The Scarlet Letter, the architecture of the Salem Custom House, and some parts of the Life and Times section were funded in 1999 by a one-year grant from the Community College Humanities Association.

Maine Historical Society  – A growing museum, incomparable library and statewide educational resource, we are located in the heart of Portland’s downtown cultural district. Founded in 1822, the Maine Historical Society is the third oldest state historical society in the United States.

Maine Historical Society employs a professional staff of approximately 25. Our one–acre campus, which is open year round, is situated in downtown Portland, across from Monument Square. The Maine Historical Society strives to serve the entire state through its education and outreach programs and through the digital museum, the Maine Memory Network.

MHS is comprised of the Wadsworth–Longfellow House and Longfellow Garden, the museum, store, the Brown Research Library and the Maine Memory Network.v

Dr. Melinda Ponder
Dr. Melinda Ponder, Department of English, Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Morning of His Life.  His Boyhood Years and Emergence as an Artist, by Melinda M. Ponder.  This essay is the first section of a projected longer work. In it I have concentrated on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s response to his childhood worlds–the visible exterior worlds of Salem and Maine, the intriguing imaginary worlds envisioned by various story-tellers, and the psychological environment created by all the members of the complex Manning household. In 1853, Hawthorne described his boyhood as it seemed to him then, writing very briefly of the years he had spent in Salem and dwelling at length on the time he had spent “on the banks of the Sebago Lake” with his mother, where he would have “willingly run wild” for the rest of his life.1 In this autobiographical sketch, Hawthorne emphasized the significance of his days in Maine; his memory even lengthened the time he spent there.


Nathaniel Hawthorne Society  
The Nathaniel Hawthorne Society is dedicated to the global study and appreciation of the life and works of Nathaniel Hawthorne. A nonprofit educational organization, the Society–through its annual meetings at the MLA Convention and ALA Conference; its triennial conferences that rotate between American and international venues; and the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review–encourages communication among scholars and the general public by expanding the possibilities for shared responses to Hawthorne’s achievement.