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Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel’s Salem Witch Trials Memorial Dedication Speech, 1992

July 20, 2017 3:40 pm Published by Comments Off on Elie Wiesel’s Salem Witch Trials Memorial Dedication Speech, 1992

Elie Wiesel Speech at Salem Tercentenary, 1992 Transcript Mayor Harrington, Mr. Williams and friends, When I was invited to come here and speak to you about the Salem trials, about the witches of Salem, I was wondering why me?  It’s not my field.  My field is the Bible, philosophy, literature, not history. Surely not this aspect of history but I...


Field Trip to Rebecca Nurse Homestead

June 11, 2016 4:41 pm Published by Comments Off on Field Trip to Rebecca Nurse Homestead

by Susie Menice Saturday, June 11, 2016 Our day started at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead in Danvers. Rebecca Nurse was the 71 year old Grandmother who was charged for witchcraft and hanged on July 19th, 1692 in Salem.  Danvers at that time was known as Salem Village. Many pertinent sites from the trials are in Danvers and today.  We tried to visit many of them....


The Witch Movie

February 26, 2016 5:03 pm Published by Comments Off on The Witch Movie

The film screening of the Witch at Cinema Salem last Thursday evening brought together what would seem an eclectic group in any other city than Salem.  Salem witch trials historians, the film’s acclaimed director, Robert Eggers, and actor Anya Taylor-Joy, local officials, and practicing witches came together to discuss the film’s terrifying themes. After a day of media coverage at the Witch House, an elegant cocktail reception...


Bay Psalm Book

February 4, 2016 5:03 pm Published by Comments Off on Bay Psalm Book

Ever in the interest of preserving history Salem Witch Museum senior staff received board approval to bid on the previously unknown seventh edition Mass Bay Psalm book signed by Elizabeth Corwin, wife of Salem witch trials judge Jonathan Corwin. The estimated auction price was set by Swann Auction House of New York at approximately $30,000 to $40,000, which we bid. ...


Tips for an Enjoyable Visit to Salem in October

September 18, 2015 5:04 pm Published by Comments Off on Tips for an Enjoyable Visit to Salem in October

The reason so many people come to Salem in October is the energetic atmosphere created by…so many people.   Part of the festivity is chatting with fellow revelers and soaking up the atmosphere.   A few people who aren’t in the right frame of mind might grumble about the lines, crowds and traffic.  Prepare yourself with information, and embrace it all...


Jim McAllister Talks Romance at the Salem Witch Museum?

February 5, 2015 1:46 pm Published by Comments Off on Jim McAllister Talks Romance at the Salem Witch Museum?

Just when you think you’ve heard it all, the finest tale of passion in Salem’s history will be told at the Salem Witch Museum this Tuesday, February 10th at 7:30 pm (weather permitting). We’re honored to host our city’s official historian Jim McAllister as he shares “Nathaniel and Sophia: the Hawthorne Love Story” as part of his “52 Weeks 52 Lectures” Series and celebrating Salem’s...


Salem Witch Museum Named One of Massachusetts’ Top 5 Group Attractions

December 12, 2014 1:59 pm Published by Comments Off on Salem Witch Museum Named One of Massachusetts’ Top 5 Group Attractions

In the 2015 American Bus Association’s (ABA) Motor Coach Marketer the Salem Witch Museum was named one of Massachusetts’ top 5 group attractions.  ABA’s Marketer is the official guide for the motor coach and travel industry. Did your favorites make the list? TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS The Freedom Trail Whale Watches Salem Witch Museum Six Flags New England Yankee Candle Top...


Witch Trials Weekly: March 1692

March 4, 2014 2:01 pm Published by Comments Off on Witch Trials Weekly: March 1692

Witch Trials Weekly: Video 8, March 4 through March 10th A New Specter, Confessions, and Chains Witch Trials Weekly: Video 9, March 11th through March 17th Ann Putnam, Jr. Names Martha Corey and Rebecca Nurse   Witch Trials Weekly: Video 10, March 18th through March 24th Martha, Rebecca, and the Little Girl Witch Trials Weekly: Video 11, March 25th through...


Witch Trials Weekly: January 1692

February 13, 2014 2:02 pm Published by Comments Off on Witch Trials Weekly: January 1692

Project Overview Video 1:   “Business As Usual” Video 2:   “What Tituba Saw” Video 3:    “Tituba Signs” Video 4:    “Sarah Good’s Mistake”


Witch Trials Weekly: February 1692

February 4, 2014 2:03 pm Published by Comments Off on Witch Trials Weekly: February 1692

Witch Trials Weekly: Video 5, February 12th through February 18th Church Control Witch Trials Weekly: Video 6, February 19th through February 25th The First Examinations ​ Witch Trials Weekly: Video 7, February 26th through March 3rd Diagnosis, Witch Cake, and the Spread of the Evil Hand