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Jim McAllister Lecture Series

Jim McAllister’s Spring 2014 Salem Lecture Series has been announced. A wonderful historian and story teller, Jim's lectures are always informative and entertaining.


Wednesday, April 16: Baker’s Island Reverie. A “visit” to Salem’s most inaccessible, mysterious, quirky, historic, and naturally beautiful neighborhood, featuring plenty of photographs, fascinating facts and stories

Wednesday, April 23: When the Going Gets Weird… North Shore tales that just beg to be told, including UFO's, sea serpents, haunted ships and invisible foes, seers and psychics , clever criminals, and even a mysterious moving meal chest.

Wednesday, April  30: The Great Salem Fire: Stories Within the Story. A look at the human side of the great conflagration - tales of  victims, heroes and even a few villains - drawn from personal letters, diaries, newspaper accounts, and official reports.

Wednesday  May 7: The Salem - San Francisco Connections. A tale of two cities, separated by a continent but bound together by a "shared" mayor, a pair of very famous booksellers, the Shreve family, devastating fires, and gold hunters.

Wednesday May 14: Magnificent Men (and Women!) of the McIntire District. Quick sketches of famous opera singers and music men, authors, artists, politicians, and inventors who once lived in this historic district named for an equally famous architect-carver.

The one-hour lectures will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Cleveland Room at the First Church in Salem,  316 Essex Street.  Please use the new entrance to the right and rear of the church. Doors open at 6:30. Admission is $12, cash or checks only please. Series tickets are available at a reduced rate of $48. For more information contact Jim at or 978.979.5907.

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