SALEM — Students are invited to The House of the Seven Gables to explore how houses were built in Colonial Massachusetts. In hands-on sessions throughout February school vacation, youth and teens can discover what worked and what didn’t as our country’s first inhabitants built enduring structures. Many, like The House of the Seven Gables, stand today. Icons of creativity, ingenuity and commitment to a new and democratic way of life, structures like The Gables have much to teach today’s youthful innovators. The program runs continuously from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, February 18, through Sunday, February 26. • Learn about the tools these early builders of homes, businesses and a nation used. • Find out what materials builders relied upon most. • Try out various construction techniques. Students can work at hands-on stations using popular building toys. • Create, with folds and decorations, a paper house to take home. • Explore which parts of historic buildings are strongest. This special program, “Why do we have gables,” is offered daily at 11:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. Young participants will make shapes with their hands and bodies in this fun, interactive program. This special school vacation programming is part of each visitor’s museum ticket, which also includes guided tours of The House of the Seven Gables and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birthplace, as well as exploration of The Gables’ Kid’s Cove maritime history area. New to The Gables is an audio tour of the grounds, created in partnership with UniGuide. Admission rates are as follows: Adults $14; Seniors from age 65 $13; College students with ID $13; Young adults 13–18 $11; Children ages 5–12 $9; Children under 5 free. Admission is free for members of The House of the Seven Gables and for Salem residents with proof of address. Website: http://www.7gables.org/event/constructing-history-at-the-gables-3/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1569039053122986/ About The House of the Seven Gable Settlement Association The mission of the House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association is to preserve its National Historic Landmark and leverage its power as an icon of American culture to engage diverse audiences and provide education opportunities for the local immigrant community. For more information visit www.7gables.org.