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Salem History & Beyond Weekly Internet History Show

March 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Friday, repeating until March 11, 2022

Join us online for the second season of Salem History & Beyond internet talk show every Friday at 8 p.m. through Mar. 11. These are live talks about the witch trials, horror and history with authors and local celebrities. They are creepy, fun and educational, but always connected to Salem. Check out our website at SalemHistoricalTours.com/winter-lecture-series.

The Connecticut Witchcraft Trials: the first in the colonies

January 21, 8 p.m.

Visitors come from around the country and the world to Salem to learn about the 1692 Witchcraft Trials and see the sites where it happened.
Many do not realize that there were other towns that had witchcraft trials before 1692. Salem may have been the worst, but it was not the first.
In 1647, Alse Young was executed for witchcraft in Hartford. She was the first of 14 people executed for witchcraft over a 15-year period. And Connecticut almost did it again in August of 1692 when two women were convicted of witchcraft but acquitted.
Join us for a discussion of the Connecticut Witch Trials with Prof. Walter Woodward, who is the Connecticut State Historian.
He is a scholar of Early American and Atlantic World history, with an emphasis on Connecticut and New England. His research interests cover a variety of subjects, including witchcraft, alchemy and the history of science, the use of music in Early America, and environmental history.
He is the author of five books, the most recent of which is Creating Connecticut: Critical Moments That Shaped a Great State (Globe Pequot Press, 2020). His book Prospero’s America: John Winthrop, Jr.,Alchemy and the Creation of New England Culture, 1606-1676 (Omohundro Institute, University of North Carolina Press,2010) won the Homer Babbidge Prize from the Association for the Study of Connecticut History, and was a Choice  magazine Outstanding academic title.
Prof. Woodward received his Ph. D. with Distinction from the University of Connecticut in 2001, and has served as State Historian since 2004. He obtained his Master’s Degree in History from Cleveland State University, and his B.A. in English from the University of Florida.






Legends and Lore of the North Shore

January 28, 8 p.m.

Everyone has heard about the 1692 Salem Witchcraft Trials that encompassed the North Shore of Massachusetts.
But did you know that there are also stories of sea serpents, pirates and other mysteries that have amazed and terrified the residents of this area for the last 300 years? The North Shore is filled with remarkable stories and legendary characters that have captured the imagination of so many people.

Author Peter Muise has sorted through the folklore and will discuss the North Shore’s uncanny legends and tales of the paranormal online on Friday, January 28 at 8 p.m. He will shed light on many of these stories and mysteries.

Peter Muise is an author who has written various other pieces about New England’s folklore and strange history. He has blogged for more than ten years at New England Folklore.





Vampires in New England

February 4, 8 p.m.

New England is rich in history and mystery. Numerous sleepy little towns and farming communities distinguish the region’s scenic tranquility. But not long ago, New Englanders lived in fear of spectral ghouls believed to rise from their graves and visit family members in the night to suck their lives away.

Join us online for a discussion of A History of Vampires in New England on Friday, Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. with Tom D’Agostino and Arlene Nicholson. Although the word “vampire” was never spoken, scores of families disinterred loved ones during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries searching for telltale signs that one of them might be what is now referred to as the New England vampire. Tom and Arlene will discuss these grisly tales and more.

The pair have been extensively studying and investigating paranormal accounts for over 39 years with well over 1400 investigations to their credit. Creators of 16 books and counting, together they have penned and captured on film the best haunts and history New England has to offer.

Their books include Haunted Rhode Island, Haunted New Hampshire, Haunted Massachusetts, Pirate Ghosts and Phantom Ships, Abandoned Villages and Ghost Towns of New England, A Travel Guide to Haunted New England, A History of Vampires in New England, and the soon to be released, Haunted Vermont, Ghost Stories and Legends of Connecticut, Legends, Folklore and Secrets of New England, Rhode Island’s Haunted Ramtail Factory, Ghosts Of The Blackstone Valley, Ghosts Of Litchfield County, two books adapted for middle grade reading called The Ghostly Tales Of Connecticut and The Ghostly Tales Of New England and Strange New England.



Author Talk: Salem Murder Mysteries with Rory O’Brien

February 11, 8 p.m.

Local author and tour guide Rory O’Brien joins us online for a discussion about his books, Salem and all things creepy on Friday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m.

His latest book, Señor Lugosi & Other Stories, is a collection of thirteen odd tales, some creepy, some thoughtful, and some pretty weird, with excursions into the past, the present, and the very near future. It follows characters searching for something and not always being happy with what they find. Here you will meet ghosts and mutants, assassins and actors, and ordinary people who just saw some very strange things.

He has written books that tie to Salem including Gallows Hill that is about a murder in modern day Salem at the 1692 hanging site and The Afflicted Girl which is about a search for a missing girl that may be tied to a murder of a popular figure in Salem.

O’Brien also wrote Summerland that is about a retired stage magician who tries to expose a spirit-medium who now summons the departed to the marble mansions and wealthy parlors of Newport, R.I. in the late 19th century.

He is also a mentalist and mindbender who has performed “Brainstorming,” an interactive stage mind-reading show in which minds are read, spoons are bent and volunteers test their own “powers,” all over New England. He is also part of a TV show called Ghostperts, that investigated haunted locations.

Rory O’Brien grew up in New England, surrounded by books, history, and the long shadows of Poe, Hawthorne, and Lovecraft. When not writing, he gives tours of Salem and talks on various topics, including the witch trials.  He currently lives in Salem, with his patient, long-suffering wife, their Treeing Walker Coonhound, and a pair of black cats. He left his heart in Providence … where it was burned on a rock.


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March 11
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm