The event is live and will feature a Q & A session at the end of the show. Pictures related to the discussion will also be shown by screen share and virtual background.

Tickets are $12 and are available at the link. Once you purchase, you will receive instructions and information on how to log in the evening of the tour. You only need to purchase one ticket per computer, iPad, phone, TV or other device and several people can watch with you.

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The Salem Witchcraft Trials and Ergot, the "Moldy Bread" Hypothesis.

Margo Burns, Historian

 

 

Wednesday, January 27, at 7 p.m.

On April 2, 1976, Science Magazine published an article by Linnda R. Caporeal which posited that during the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692, the visions of specters and painful physical sensations described by the girls who claimed to be afflicted by witches could have been caused, instead, from eating bread made with flour tainted by ergot, a naturally occurring fungal hallucinogen that grows on rye grain under certain growing conditions.
It was debunked immediately and soundly by experts because the historical and medical data used to support the hypothesis was cherry-picked. More than four decades later, however, this interpretation is still pervasive.

Margo Burns, a historian specializing in the Salem witch trials and an Associate Editor and Project Manager of the book Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt, will explain how this lurid chapter in American history was born and how it became cemented in the public imagination. It’s a case study in how people come to believe myths about historical events.

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"Creating Horror in Different Mediums"

How a story morphs from one format to another

Billy Hanson, Author & Filmmaker

 

 

Wednesday, February 3rd, at 7 p.m.

Horror stories scare us to the point we can’t sleep. Whether they are short stories, novels, movies or other mediums, they cause us to look over our shoulder when we are alone and take a deep breath when we are about to descend to a basement.

Billy Hanson, who adapted and directed an acclaimed adaption of Stephen King’s Survivor Type that was lauded as “one of the most jaw dropping adaptions of (King’s) ever made…” by John Skipp of Fangoria Magazine, will discuss horror stories and how they adapt from one medium to another.

He will also discuss his book “Spider Season”, that debuted in 2018 and was a gold medal winner in Fiction Anthology, Reader's Favorite Book Award winner in 2019 and one of Book Authority's "Best New Horror Books to read in 2019”, as well as his latest release, “Dolly”. Both publications are haunting and mesmerizing, sure to leave you wide-eyed and gasping for breath.

He is a filmmaker, author and comic book writer with projects ranging from music videos and graphic novels to web series and films. His latest release is Dolly, a horror story published on Halloween 2020. He also has written for the horror anthology comic, “Grimm Tales or Terror“, and his first feature film, “Bone Cold”, is currently in post production, aiming for a 2021 release.

Born and raised in Maine, he now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.

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Black History leaders of Salem, their contributions and influence

Giovanni Alabiso

 

 

Wednesday, Feb 10th, at 7 p.m.

Salem is well known for the 1692 Witchcraft Trials. And many people may be aware of the great maritime period as well as the importance of the city in the American Revolution.

 

But did you know that Salem has a very rich Black history?

 

There have been several key individuals who made great strides in the community and major contributions to Salem and the state by influencing policy, establishing businesses and leading the abolitionist movement

We will discuss the Remond Family, Charlotte Forten, Frederick Douglass, Charles Augustus Benson and more.

 

Our special guest will be Doreen Wade from Salem United who will discuss her organization and her plans to establish a Black History museum in Salem.

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"The Devil of Great Island"

Witchcraft and Conflict in Early New England with Prof. Emerson Baker

Author and Historian

 

 

Wednesday, February 17th, at 7 p.m.

In 1682,  Town residents blamed what they called "Lithobolia" or "the stone-throwing devil." In this lively account, Emerson Baker shows how witchcraft hysteria overtook one town and spawned copycat incidents in Maine and Connecticut, prefiguring the horrors of Salem. In the process, he illuminates a cross-section of colonial society and overturns many popular assumptions about witchcraft in the seventeenth century.

Emerson "Tad" Baker is vice provost and a professor of History at Salem State University.  He is the award-winning author of many works on the history and archaeology of early New England, including The Devil of Great Island and A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience. He has been an advisor and on-camera expert for many networks, including PBS, TLC, Smithsonian and National Geographic. He consulted on the Peabody Essex Museum’s current exhibit on the Salem witch trials and was a member of the Gallows Hill Project team who confirmed the witch trials execution site.

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Did you miss a guest?

 

Shows will still be available to stream after the premier date.

$9.95

 

 

Shows will be available for 48 hours after purchase

An Evening with Marilynne Roach

Author and Scholar

 

 

Aired

Wednesday, January 13, at 7 p.m.

 

Join us for a lively discussion about the 1692 Salem Witchcraft Trials with Marilynne Roach, independent scholar and author. We'll discuss her books and latest projects.

 

Marilynne has researched the witchcraft trials for over 30 years and is one of the foremost authorities on the topic. She was one of the associate editors of the definitive Record of the Salem Witch Hunt and author of the The Salem Witch Trials Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege and Six Women of Salem.

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Andover Witch Hunt with

Richard Hite

Author

 

Aired

Wednesday, January 20, at 7 p.m.

 

Join us as we bring you the author of In the Shadow of Salem. Andover, a town just 20 miles northwest of Salem, had more accusations of witchcraft than any other town caught up in the hysteria during the 1692 Salem Witchcraft Trials. 

A total of 45 people were accused including Martha Carrier, (described as the Queen of Hell), who was executed, and Ann Foster, who died in jail. Many more were jailed and admitted to being witches. One person claimed there were over 300 witches.

This presentation will also bring you to locations where Rev. Dane and Parson Barnard lived as well as the cemetery where many involved were buried. 

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