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Giovanni

Owner

and actor

 

A seasoned raconteur, Salem historian, CPA, and former sports/news journalist. Giovanni has always had a love for history and antiquity so giving tours in a major historic city is a perfect fit. "Seeing the expression on guests' faces when I tell them our history provides the same joy for me as watching someone open a present I just gave them," he says.

 

He has been giving tours and has studied Salem's history for 10 years. Giovanni has also performed standup, improv, and sketch comedy throughout New England and NYC and continues to do so. He is a SAG actor, having been in local and feature films, including Psychotica, Friction, Central Intelligence and Daddy’s Home 2. More info at www.GiovanniAlabiso.com

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Rachel

Teacher

and historian

 

Rachel is an entertaining, energetic, authentic, fun and honest guide with an innate love of history and storytelling. Currently working on her Masters Degree in History Secondary Education, Rachel hopes to teach High School History here in the North Shore. 

 

Growing up in a small town in North Carolina, near a lake and some horse stables, Rachel has a love of nature and the outdoors. She moved to  Seattle, where she worked at the famous Space Needle and spent her time exploring the Pacific Northwest, but also traveling from coast to coast, visiting Yosemite National Park and the Redwood Forest, riding over 100 roller coasters in one year, and watching baseball games in stadiums throughout the country.

 

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Christine

Actor and

historian

 

Christine has appeared on stage and film in NY/NJ/MA and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.  Supporting witches & ghosts has opened new doors for her here in New England. 2018 was a bewitching year portraying Sarah Good, who was one of the first women executed in the 1692 Salem

 

Witchcraft Trials, in Saltonstall (One man's stand against the Salem Witch Trials) at NECC and writing - producing - performing "Was Susannah North Martin a Witch?" Previously she fell for the ghosts of Cape May, NJ as a summer tour guide and is pleased to share the stories of the Salem spirits now. When not on stage, set, or the streets of Salem, she can be found supporting and fundraising for local events in Amesbury, MA.

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Nick

Teacher/Historian

NICK PIERCE has been with the tour company for several years. He has given all of the regularly scheduled tours as well as having researched and written a tour about the Religious History of Salem. When he is not at the tour company he is teaching at an area high school. Nick specializes in teaching American History and Politics and offers special elective courses in African History and Comparative Government. A self proclaimed history nerd, Nick loves to give the General History Tour and the Witchcraft Walk more than any other tours. Having been giving ghost tours for six years, he has developed a healthy respect for the supernatural and does in fact believe.

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Richard

Author and
historian

 

Richard Hite is the author of In the Shadow of Salem: The Andover Witch Hunt of 1692, which focuses on the involvement of the town of Andover in the witchcraft persecution.  He has had a lifelong interest in the Salem witchcraft episode and has taken advantage of the opportunity to research it further since moving to New England in 2003. 

 

His day job is at the Rhode Island State Archives and he is also an avid hiker. He appreciates the opportunity to lead tours and inform others of the details of the events of 1692.

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Bob

Comedian

and impressionist

 

A comic and impressionist who has performed and taught stand up, sketch, and improv comedy to enthusiastic audiences around the world. This is his fifth year as a tour guide with the company. Bob (known to his ghost tours as “Boo”) considers himself to be a small medium at large.

 

He says, “I can’t always communicate with a ghost when I want to, but when they want to communicate with me they come through loud and clear.” Bob can also be seen as Nathaniel Hawthorne in “The Scarlet Letter(s): the life and loves of Nathaniel Hawthorne” which he also wrote and directed. He looks forward to having you on a tour.

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James

Actor and

historian

James started his tour guiding career in Nathaniel Hawthorne's beloved home "The Old Manse" in Concord. From there he branched across Massachusetts to many other historic houses such as the Gore Place, Robbins House, Parson-Barnard Home and Salem's very own House of the Seven Gables.

 

He is a Hawthorne fanatic and an avid lover of ghosts, spirits, hauntings and all things spooky in addition to his love of history. One can find him at night on the streets of Salem sharing the town's haunted stories and secrets.

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Nancy

Teacher and

writer

 

Tour guide Nancy Mades-Byrd is an English teacher, writer, and podcaster with a special interest in the Salem witch trials. Her interest in the witch trials began in 1974, when she was very young and found a copy of Shirley Jackson's The Witchcraft of Salem Village in her teacher's class library. She is the creator, writer, and host of the Witch-Hunt Podcast, a show about the history of scapegoating - including the Salem witch trials. 

When she's not teaching or giving tours, Nancy enjoys traveling, horseback riding, reading, and spending time with family and friends. A resident of downtown Salem, there are few things she enjoys more than sharing her beloved hometown with visitors.

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Rob

Actor

and historian

 

Robert is happy to be celebrating his fifth year as a guide here at Salem Historical Tours.  When not working as a tour guide, Robert works in therapy for children, focusing on helping kids with autism navigate life's waters.  He has been an actor for about 25 years, appearing in/directing many central MA productions as well as appearing in the web series "Skitcom" for the last few years. 

 

Finishing a masters in history, Robert is fascinated by Salem's maritime empire's rise and fall and has been a lover of horror and the supernatural all his life.

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Stash

Actor and
singer

 

Stash is an actor-singer and stand-up comic and chi gong disciple. Stash has a deep love of history and literature and all things bizarre. Major fan of Lovecraft and related lore. 

Stash has starred in 6 independent films that have won awards around the globe. Including Out of This Word The Ricky Limes Story as well as Spy Tops Spy. Has also appeared a a stuntman in various films.