Archive for February, 2011:
In a recent WBZ morning radio discussion Paula Ebben exclaimed she loves the Salem Witch Museum and likes to bring her family here. “During a school vacation last year I brought my two sons, ages 10 and 12 at the time, and my elderly father who grew up in Salem. We visited a cemetery and passed my grandmother’s house on Derby Street near the House of Seven Gables.” Paula’s co-anchor David Wade teased that cemeteries and museums sounded like a fun way for young boys to spend their vacation.
According to her online profile, Ebben is a native of Massachusetts and was a reporter for New England Cable News before joining WBZ Channel 4, Boston. She graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in English, and while studying abroad in London, she interned for a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons.
We can’t thank Ms. Ebben enough for her kind endorsement. To learn more about this award winning news professional, click here for her biographical summary.
Last week at the Destination Salem annual meeting the long awaited new logo and tagline was unveiled to an enthusiastic crowd. Take a minute to view this fun and energized look at its debut.
We at the Salem Witch Museum have been privileged to know David Goss over the years. Among other roles, he is a respected witch trial scholar having written books such as The Salem Witch Trials: A Reference Guide.
Now we get to see another side of his expertise. His lecture, Salem and the Civil War: 150th Anniversary is at Old Town Hall in Derby Square this Thursday evening, February 17th at 7:30pm.
We hope to see you there!
Salem isn’t just about Halloween. February is a unique time to experience our city. Salem’s So Sweet kicks off this weekend with our Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival and runs through Valentine’s Day, February 14th. Many local businesses are honoring discounts and other extras with the Golden Ticket program. And don’t miss the 21 stunning ice sculptures on display throughout town.
Here at the Salem Witch Museum, enjoy a 25% discount on any gift shop purchase of up to $50. Spend over $50 and receive a 35% discount! Come check our our ice sculpture and let us know what you think.
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A Salem Witch Museum visitor named Mike was wondering about an article of clothing displayed in our textile case. “It looks like a pillow used during air travel,” offered one cheeky staff member. Though it does appear to be something worn around the neck, think…lower.
According to Nancy Cooke, the seamstress expert in historic textiles who created the piece, it’s called a “bum roll.” It was a stiffened roll of material tied under a woman’s skirt at the waist as an extension of the corset. By the standards of colonial fashion this garment served to exaggerate the backside giving the waist a slimmer silhouette.