The Salem Witch Trials: Their World and Legacy


Beverly, MA



July 6 - July 24, 2020 Length: 3 Weeks


Summer Program

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This summer seminar will engage in an in-depth and collaborative study of the origin, development, and legacy of the Salem witch trials and will consider parallels between the trials and moments in 20th century American history that were marked by fear of enemies both real and imagined. In addition to classroom activities, participants will visit historic sites and memorials relating to the trials. Participants will also work with original trial transcripts at the Peabody Essex Museum Philip’s Library in Salem, and examine selections from the Danvers Archival Center’s renowned Brehaut Witchcraft Collection. 

Project Director(s)

Mark Herlihy, Elizabeth Matelski

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Richard Godbeer, Charlotte Gordon, Adriana Mather, Luke Reynolds

Grantee Institution

Endicott College