Salem Witch Museum Makes an Appearance on Boston’s Fox 25 News

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Boston’s Fox 25 News stopped by today in anticipation of Halloween 2010. Here’s a clip!

A New Look at the Salem Witch Trials

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The House of the Seven Gables will welcome Professor Benjamin C. Ray from the University of Virginia to present a talk entitled “A New Look at the Salem Witch Trials: Report on the most Recent Research” on Sunday November 7th, 2010 at 2:00 PM.

Professor Ray’s lecture will focus on the new scholarly edition of the court records of the Salem Witch Trials titled Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt. This book, of which Dr. Ray is an associate editor, is the first comprehensive record of all legal documents pertaining to the Salem Witch Trials in chronological order. With the inclusion of previously undiscovered manuscripts as well as documents published in earlier additions and omitted from later, Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt offers the most comprehensive historic account of the events of 1692-1693.

Tickets are $10 for non-members and $5 for members of The House of the Seven Gables&. For tickets, please call The House of the Seven Gables at 978-744-0991 ext. 104.

October 1692

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From Marilynne K. Roach’s Chronology of the Salem Witch Trials

sir-william-phips With opposition to the court’s methods growing, Governor Phips suspends the Court of Oyer and Terminer until England can advise on the witch problem.  Some of the younger suspects are released on bail.

Image of Sir William Phips from University of Virginia website “Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project”:

Description: Portrait of Sir William Phips. Oil painting by Thomas Child, Boston, ca. 1687-94.
Source: Cover illustration. The New England Knight: Sir William Phips, 1651-1695. By Emerson W. Baker and John G. Reid. University of Toronto Press, 1998. Photograph by Nicholas Dean, courtesy of the Gardiner family.

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June 10, 1692

Bridget Bishop

July 19, 1692

Sarah Good

Rebecca Nurse

Susannah Martin

Elizabeth How

Sarah Wildes

August 19, 1692

George Burroughs

John Proctor

John Willard

George Jacobs

Martha Carrier

September 19, 1692

Giles Cory, pressed to death

September 22, 1692

Martha Cory

Mary Eastey

Alice Parker

Ann Pudeater

Margaret Scott

Wilmott Redd

Samuel Wardwell

Mary Parker

JANE visits the Salem Witch Museum

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jane The Jaguar Association of New England (JANE),, came up for a visit to the Salem Witch Museum on Sunday, October 17. Fifteen classic jaguar owners enjoyed the Museum and a 75 mile tour of the North Shore. The Weather was great and the food at Woodman’s was awesome.

Judge Samuel Sewall

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Oct 13 2010

On November 18, the Gordon College Institute for Public History In Historic Salem inaugurates a series of lectures, Old Town Hall Lectures, in Salem’s historic Old Town Hall.

The inaugural lecture is being given by Richard Francis, on his book,
Judge Sewall’s Apology: The Salem Witch Trials and the Forming of a Conscience (London and New York: Fourth Estate, 2005) [Buy a copy on our online store]


Here’s a description from the website:

The Salem witch hunt has entered our vocabulary as the very essence of  injustice. Judge Samuel Sewall presided at these trials, passing harsh judgment on the condemned. But five years later, he publicly recanted his guilty verdicts and begged for forgiveness. This extraordinary act was a turning point not only for Sewall but also for America’s nascent values and mores.

We were curious to find out more about Judge Sewall. As it turns out, Google books has scanned in his published diaries and you can read them online. Search for “witchcraft” and this is the entry from August 19, 1692:

Clicking on the diary image above will send you to the Google Books site where you can read more.