Archive for November, 2010:
The premier of the Old Town Hall Lecture Series on Thursday evening was a huge success! The talk by Richard Francis, author of Judge Sewall’s Apology, gave an overview of a flesh-and-blood Samuel Sewall, the only one of nine judges presiding over the Salem witch trials to apologize for his part in the tragedy. Read more »
Professor Benjamin Ray of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia lectured to a sold out room at the House of Seven Gables this week. Professor Ray is the project director of Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project where everyone “from teachers to fourth graders” can now readily access 8,000 searchable pages from source documents online. Read more »
Education outreach is one of the most important, if sometimes quietly promoted, missions of the Salem Witch Museum. When Alison D’Amario first joined our team in 1986 there was no education department to speak of. How times have changed!
Alison became a member of the staff with 17 years’ background as an educator at Masconomet Regional High School. That experience set the tone for what would be over 25 more years of teaching, this time dealing with a relatively short but far-reaching period in the history of Colonial America. Since coming on board Alison has been interviewed by innummerable news and documentary producers, published teachers’ materials and was a principal part of the 1992 Tercentenary Committee which initiated the Salem Award. Read more »