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
The family of our own Will Parr is extending their hospitality on a very personal level by hosting a “Homestay” student in coordination with the Salem-Ota Club.
For more information about our sister city check out the City of Salem website:
The Salem Witch Museum offers our main presentation translated into Japanese as well as 7 other languages.
Gordon Hirabayashi was a student in the 1940s when he challenged the internment orders for Japanese Americans during World War II. Opposing the wartime removal of more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese immigrants from the West Coast to detention centers, Mr. Hirabayashi involved himself in a debate that echoed throughout the remainder of the century.
In February 1942, two months after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, approved the establishment of ‘military areas’ to ‘exclude therefrom any or all persons.’ In March a curfew was instituted along the West Coast for people of Japanese ancestry, and in May 1942, the West Coast military command ordered their removal to austere camps in isolated locations.
Hirabayashi was imprisoned from March to October, 1942 after refusing to obey curfew and internment orders. In the 1980s a professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego, Peter Irons, found documents revealing that in presenting to the Supreme Court the federal government had held back its own assessment that Japanese-Americans on the West Coast were not dangers to national security. In September 1987the federal appeals court in San Francisco overturned Mr. Hirabayashi’s conviction. He died in January at age 93.
“We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.”
On Friday during a Skype in the Classroom “virtual museum tour,” a student at Oliver Street School in Newark, New Jersey – whose class is studying Arthur Miller’s The Crucible – asked what happened to the real Abigail Williams after the trials.
While Wikipedia can offer information on a wide array of subjects, there is no reason to accept the undocumented assertion that Abigail fled after the trials, becoming a prostitute. Reliable Salem witch trials scholars are unable to give detail about her last years with any certainty, but Marilynne Roach says in The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-By-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege, “…Abigail Williams, haunted to the end, apparently died before the end of 1697, if not sooner, no older than seventeen.” (page 518)
Even though Abigail played a major role as an accuser at the beginning of the trials, especially in March, April, and May, she gave her last testimony on June 3rd 1692. There is no historical documentation suggesting why Abigail virtually disappeared from the court hearings. In addition, there are no records indicating what happened to Abigail after the events of 1692. It is suggested that she never married and died a single woman, but without any evidence we will never be quite certain.
Definition: A morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th.
From Wikipedia: The fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga being the name of the Norse goddess for whom “Friday” is named and triskaidekaphobia meaning fear of the number thirteen.
Every year in January we close for business for a few days to scrub, paint and refresh. Here is our schedule, but feel free to call us with questions at (978)744-1692.
1/4/12 Wednesday CLOSED
1/5/12 Thursday CLOSED
1/6/12 Friday CLOSED
1/7/12 Saturday Open 10am – 5pm
1/8/12 Sunday Open 10am – 5pm
Saturday, Dec. 31st: 10am – 3pm
Sunday, Jan. 1st: CLOSED
Monday, Jan. 2nd: 10am – 5pm
Tuesday, Jan. 3rd – Friday, Jan. 6th: CLOSED for renovations
Saturday, Jan. 7th and Sunday, Jan. 8th: 10am – 5pm
Monday, Jan. 9th – Thursday, Jan. 12th: CLOSED for renovations
Reopen regular hours, Friday, Jan. 13th: 10am to 5pm
For more information call (978) 744-1692
Wishing you a happy, healthy new year!
Saturday, December 24th : 10am to 3pm
Sunday, December 25th : CLOSED
Saturday, December 31st : 10am to 3pm
Sunday, January 1st : CLOSED
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Dating back to the 18th Century, hollow glass balls have been hung to ward off witch’s spells and evil spirits. Legend has it that the evil spirit is attracted to these colorful balls, pulled inside, and trapped within the glass web protecting the home from harm. It is told on Cape Cod that fishermen have used these mesmerizing balls in their nets to ward off evil spirits on the high seas. Each Pairpoint Witch Ball is individually made and colored.
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Who says people don’t send hand-written notes anymore? This letter came from a student who visited us last month. It doesn’t appear to be part of a class project as it’s the only one we’ve received recently.
Nice to know there are still those out there who have classic good manners.