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The Capital Crime of Witchcraft: What the Primary Sources Tell Us

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3rd Annual Lessons of 1692 Series Lecture
The Capital Crime of Witchcraft: What the Primary Sources Tell Us

The City of Salem continues its tradition of holding a lecture to honor the memory of the first victim to be executed in 1692, Bridget Bishop.  This year we are pleased to present Margo Burns,  Historian and Associate Editor and Project Manager of the Records of the Salem Witch Hunt.  The title of the event is, The Capital Crime of Witchcraft: What the Primary Sources Tell Us.

"On first impression, the witchcraft trials of the Colonial era may seem to have been nothing but a free-for-all, fraught with hysterics. Margo Burns explores an array of prosecutions in seventeenth century New England, using facsimiles of primary source manuscripts, from first formal complaints to arrest warrants, indictments of formal charges to death warrants, and the reversals of attainder and rescinding of excommunications years after the fact; demonstrating how methodically and logically the Salem Court worked. This program focuses on the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 and 1693, when nineteen people were hanged and one crushed to death, but also examines a variety of other cases against women in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. "

Tuesday, June 10, 7:00 PM
Witch House
310 ½ Essex Street, Salem, MA

Tickets cost $10. Proceeds to benefit the Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice. 
Seating is very limited and advance purchase is enthusiastically recommended
Visit for ticket purchasing and additional information

Posted by Kate on 06/02 at 08:00 AM Permalink

Discover Britain’s Greatest Painter at the PEM

 The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805  1822-1824, Joseph Mallord William Turner. © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Greenwich Hospital Collection.

The Peabody Essex Museum continues to impress with each special exhibition seeming to be grander than the last. Similarly, each gallery of the new Turner & the Sea exhibition is seemingly grander than the previous.  This glorious collection - the first large-scale exhibit of Turner's work since 2008 - features 110 works in six galleries. And it is magnificent.

The PEM is the only US stop for this incredible exhibition, which comes to Salem from the National Maritime Museum, part of the Royal Museums, in Greenwich, England.

The PEM has planned an Opening Day Celebration for Saturday, May 31. Turner & the Sea will be on view May 31, 2014 - September 1, 2014.

Visit to learn more about Turner & the Sea and everything happening at the PEM. 

 Sheerness as Seen from the Nore (1808)  Joseph Mallord William Turner. Courtesy of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Museum purchase with funds provided by the Alice Pratt Brown Museum Fund and the Brown Foundation Accessions Endowment Fund, with additional gifts from Isabel B. and Wallace S. Wilson, The Brown Foundation, Inc., and Ann Trammell


There is no way too convey the scope of this exhibit through a couple of digital images. You must stand in the galleries, agape at the imagery and the exhibit, to fully comprehend these marvelous works. To look at Turner's watercolors alongside his oil paintings, and to understand Turner as a master of water and light is an experience that deepens my appreciation for art. I truly hope you can visit Salem and the Peabody Essex Museum this summer, and that you have time to truly enjoy and absorb this grand exhibit.

Posted by Kate on 05/30 at 01:06 PM Permalink