Witch Trials Weekly: Video 5, February 12th through February 18th
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
After two relatively snow-free winters we were due for a doozy. And Nemo delivered.
State and city governments made the call early on Thursday to keep people off roads Friday and through the weekend while cleanup crews dealt with, not multiple inches but, multiple feet in some areas. Here at the Salem Witch Museum we opened for part of the day Friday, closing for the safety of our staff and visitors through to Sunday. Folks must have had cabin fever because we had a number more visitors than usual once we reopened. The bad news is that Salem’s So Sweet ice sculptures couldn’t be delivered as planned; the good news is that we’re essentially rescheduling the festivities to this upcoming weekend.
Driving through labyrinths of snowbanks makes travel still slow going, and finding parking can take even more time. For the next day or so it’s probably a good idea to give ourselves a head start if we need to be somewhere. Which is fine, because it’ll give us a chance to enjoy the beauty of the season.
Thanks to Salem Witch Wiles for this photo:
Boyer, Paul and Nissenbaum, Stephen. Salem Possessed.
Demos, John. Entertaining Satan.
Hall, David. Witch Hunting in 17th Century New England
Hansen, Chadwick. Witchcraft in Salem.
Hill, Frances. A Delusion of Satan.
Hill, Frances. The Salem Witch Trials Reader.
Hoffer, Peter Charles. The Salem Witch Trials, A Legal History.
Karlsen, Carol. The Devil in the Shape of a Woman.
Mappen, Marc. Witches and Historians.
Norton, Mary Beth. In The Devil’s Snare.
Richardson, Katherine. The Salem Witch Trials.
Roach, Marilynne. The Salem Witch Trials, A Day by Day Chronicle.
Robinson, Enders. The Devil Discovered.
Rosenthal, Bernard. Salem Story.
Starkey, Marion. The Devil in Massachusetts.
Rosenthal, Bernard, ed. Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt
Boyer, Paul and Nissenbaum, Stephen. Salem Village Witchcraft.
Trask, Richard, ed. The Devil Hath Been Raised.
Breslaw, Elaine. Tituba, Reluctant Witch of Salem.
Demos, John. The Enemy Within
Hill, Frances. Hunting for Witches, A Visitor’s Guide.
Miller, Arthur. The Crucible.
Tapley, Charles. Rebecca Nurse, Saint but Witch Victim.
Roach, Marilynne. Gallows and Graves.
Russell, Jeffrey. A History of Witchcraft.
Weisman, Richard. Witchcraft, Magic and Religion in
17th Century New England.
Aronson, Marc. Witch-Hunt (young adult)
Duble,Kathleen. The Sacrifice (grades 5-8)
Jackson, Shirley. The Witchcraft of Salem Village (grades 5-6)
Rinaldi, Ann. A Break with Charity. Fiction (grades 6-8)
Stern, Steven. Witchcraft in Salem . (grades 4-6)
Yolen, Jane. The Salem Witch Trials, An Unsolved Mystery
“A Map of Salem Village & Vicinity in 1692”
This map shows Salem Village, primary location of the Salem
witch trials history, as it looked in 1692. Sites of houses and public
buildings are noted. The map is drawn by Marilynne Roach, a
Salem witch trials expert.
“Three Sovereigns for Sarah”
A partly fictional account of the trials focusing on the three
Towne sisters, two of whom were hanged. The production
was filmed at locations connected with the trials. 2 1/2 hrs
“Days of Judgment: The Salem Witch Trials of 1692”
A film designed for school and home viewing that answers
many of the questions raised by the trials. 1 hour
The 1995 film version of Arthur Miller’s play. Screen play by the author.
Filmed on location in Essex County. 2 hours
We’re open year-round. But even we need to close the doors for a few days while we paint and clean carpets. Here’s a list of our January hours:
Tuesday 1/1/13 Closed – New Year’s Day
Wednesday 1/2/13 Open 10am – 5pm
Thursday 1/3/13 Open 10am – 5pm
Friday 1/4/13 Open 10am – 5pm
Saturday 1/5/13 Open 10am – 5pm
Sunday 1/6/13 Open 10am – 5pm
Monday 1/7/13 Closed for Annual Spruce-up
Tuesday 1/8/13 Closed for Annual Spruce-up
Wednesday 1/9/13 Closed for Annual Spruce-up
Thursday 1/10/13 Closed for Annual Spruce-up
Friday 1/11/13 Closed for Annual Spruce-up
Saturday 1/12/13 Open 10am – 5pm
Sunday 1/13/13 Open 10am – 5pm
Monday 1/14/13 Closed for Annual Spruce-up
Tuesday 1/15/13 Closed for Annual Spruce-up
Wednesday 1/16/13 Closed for Annual Spruce-up
Thursday 1/17/13 Closed for Annual Spruce-up
Friday 1/18/13 Open 10am – 5pm
Saturday 1/19/13 Open 10am – 5pm
Sunday 1/20/13 Open 10am – 5pm
Monday 1/21/13 Open 10am – 5pm
Tuesday 1/22/13 Open 10am – 5pm
Wednesday 1/23/13 Open 10am – 5pm
Thursday 1/24/13 Open 10am – 5pm
Friday 1/25/13 Open 10am – 5pm
Saturday 1/26/13 Open 10am – 5pm
Sunday 1/27/13 Open 10am – 5pm
Open daily 10am – 5pm
During the last months of each year our visitation shifts from October crowds to January trickles. Our staff gladly take the quieter winters to catch up on pleasure reading, so we decided to host a book club or two this season.
The only rule for the book club was simply that we weren’t going to cover anything we’d “normally” read (i.e. Salem witch trials related.)
Our first selection for the Salem Witch Museum Breakfast (Book) Club comes from Floor Manager Jay Menice. A section of Gloucester, Massachusetts has been a fascination for him since Elyssa East published Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town, a non-fiction examination of the mysterious history surrounding this some-say-enchanted place and a brutal crime set there.
Those of us who appreciate local authors have certainly encountered at least one title by Anita Diamant (the Red Tent, Good Harbor, et.al.), so we’re balancing the book club medley by including a work of historical fiction. The Last Days of Dogtown portrays life in this early American mythical community of witches, widows, orphans and spinsters.
In mid-January we’ll host a continental breakfast and book club discussion comparing and contrasting these two renditions of Dogtown. If you’d like to join us, please email Stacy at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
If you saw the Google Doodle today you know it’s the 200th anniversary of Brothers Grimm. In the fabric of our being we carry the lessons from Grimm’s fairy tales told to us since a young age. In our exhibit Witches: Evolving Perceptions we look at Hansel & Gretel’s hag archetype. Small wonder we’re afraid of witches, it’s said they eat children!
What is your favorite Grimm’s Fairy Tale?
Our hours for the remainder of 2012
Monday, December 24th – 10 am to 3 pm
Tuesday, December 25th – CLOSED
Monday, December 31st – 10 am to 3 pm
Tuesday, January 1st – CLOSED
Thanks to everyone for safety wishes, we seem to have fared Sandy with minimal damage. However, there are other places in town who lost power, so if you’re planning to visit Salem today, it’s recommended that you call to find out if your destinations are open.
Questions about visiting the Salem Witch Museum? Call 978-744-1692.
For the safety of our staff and visitors the Salem Witch Museum will be CLOSED today,
Monday, October 29, 2012.
Tips for an enjoyable visit to Salem in October
1. Check out Destination Salem’s online visitors’ brochure to help plan your trip. You’ll find a helpful walking map of the downtown and waterfront area listing major attractions, shopping, restaurants and activities. It also lists parking options and road closures (for parades) where applicable. You can pick up the print version of the Destination Salem Guide & Map once you’re here at the Salem Witch Museum, at the National Park Visitor Center, or many other places throughout the city.
2. Arrive as early as possible. The Salem Witch Museum opens every day at 10:00am. The earlier you arrive to purchase tickets, the more likely your preferred tour time will be available.
3. Be flexible. It is possible – and especially as we near Halloween very likely – for certain presentation times to be sold out. Be prepared to opt for a different tour time. Our presentations begin promptly at :00 and :30 of each hour. Presentations last approximately one hour.
4. Anticipate lines or wait-times just about everywhere in downtown Salem the nearer we get to Halloween. And, if there isn’t a line or wait, just be pleasantly surprised!
5. Expect there to be some traffic the closer we get to Halloween. Directions can be downloaded here, and it’s always possible to map out alternate routes into Salem, ie. Route 1A, Route 107 , Route 127.
Salem Witch Museum Hours for October, 2012
Day Date Open Close
Mon 1-Oct 10:00am 5:00pm
Tue 2-Oct 10:00am 5:00pm
Wed 3-Oct 10:00am 5:00pm
Thu 4-Oct 10:00am 8:00pm
Fri 5-Oct 10:00am 10:00pm
Sat 6-Oct 10:00am 10:00pm
Sun 7-Oct 10:00am 8:00pm
Mon 8-Oct 10:00am 7:00pm
Tue 9-Oct 10:00am 5:00pm
Wed 10-Oct 10:00am 5:00pm
Thu 11-Oct 10:00am 5:00pm
Fri 12-Oct 10:00am 10:00pm
Sat 13-Oct 10:00am 10:00pm
Sun 14-Oct 10:00am 7:00pm
Mon 15-Oct 10:00am 5:00pm
Tue 16-Oct 10:00am 5:00pm
Wed 17-Oct 10:00am 5:00pm
Thu 18-Oct 10:00am 5:00pm
Fri 19-Oct 10:00am 10:00pm
Sat 20-Oct 10:00am 10:00pm
Sun 21-Oct 10:00am 7:00pm
Mon 22-Oct 10:00am 5:00pm
Tue 23-Oct 10:00am 5:00pm
Wed 24-Oct 10:00am 5:00pm
Thu 25-Oct 10:00am 5:00pm
Fri 26-Oct 10:00am 12:00am
Sat 27-Oct 10:00am 12:00am
Sun 28-Oct 10:00am 7:00pm
Mon 29-Oct 10:00am 5:00pm
Tue 30-Oct 10:00am 5:00pm
Wed 31-Oct 10:00am 12:00am
Hanged as a witch in Salem on August 19th, 1692 Martha Allen Carrier was initially accused along with her children and sister, Mary Toothaker. I recently listened to the audiobook version of The Wolves of Andover (retitled The Traitor’s Wife) and am now finishing The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent. These fictional accounts are soundly researched immersing readers into the seventeenth century frontier life of these colonists, eerily capturing the seemingly mundane events that lead to their deadly outcome.
Not every victim of the Salem witch trials has much information about their lives before the tragic events, but in the case of Martha Carrier – her family being a prominent one in the founding of Andover – there are many resources for researching her fascinating case. If you’re reading either of these accounts of her life, you may find the following augmentations thought-provoking.
From the Salem Witch Museum Blog: http://www.salemwitchmuseum.com/blog/index.php/2011/08/martha-carrier/
Kathleen Kent: http://kathleenkent.com/
For descendants: http://marthacarrier.org/
Andover Historical Society: http://www.andoverhistorical.org/witchcraft.htm
Biographical sketch at University of Virginia’s Documentary Archive and Transcription Project: