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Crafting at the Witchery

May 2

Stop by the Witchery anytime to make some witchy, crafty creations! We have projects for all ages and skill levels! Walk-ins welcome, but reservations are preferred. To book appointment, you can call or text us at 339-203-1307, or fill out the form here.​​​ Looking forward to crafting with you at The Witchery! $10 and up

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Salem Ancestry Days

May 2

Residents and visitors are invited to celebrate their ancestral and immigrant connections to Salem, Massachusetts during the first annual Salem Ancestry Days celebration, which will be held May 1-4, 2020. The weekend will feature lectures, tours, research opportunities, and information on the people who connect us all to Salem. Learn more here.

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Salem Ancestry Days: Family Reunion at The Gables

May 2

If you are connected by family lines to our story at The House of the Seven Gables, we would love to meet you. Join during Salem Ancestry Days. We’ll ask you to fill out a short form and bring along any special pictures or stories you’d like to share. You and a guest are then...

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2-for-1 Admission at the Phillips House for Salem Ancestry Days

May 2

Visit Historic New England’s Phillips House with 2-for-1 admission on Historic Chestnut Street and learn about the Phillips family and their domestic staff in the early 1900’s. Antique carriages & cars. Admission charged.

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Crafting at the Witchery (PICK-UP AVAILABLE!)

May 2

The Witchery is offering tarot readings by phone (339-203-1307) and broom kits to go for visitors and locals looking to craft while the store is closed. Call to order, pick up or delivery. (The shop is closed until further notice, contact the Witchery or visit their website for updates.) _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Stop by the Witchery anytime...

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Salem Ancestry Days (POSTPONED)

May 2

Salem Ancestry Days has been postponed to July 31-August 3, 2020. Visit Salem.org/Ancestry for updates. Residents and visitors are invited to celebrate their ancestral and immigrant connections to Salem, Massachusetts during the first annual Salem Ancestry Days celebration, which will be held May 1-4, 2020. The weekend will feature lectures, tours, research opportunities, and information...

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2-for-1 Admission at the Phillips House for Salem Ancestry Days (POSTPONED)

May 2

Visit Historic New England’s Phillips House with 2-for-1 admission on Historic Chestnut Street and learn about the Phillips family and their domestic staff in the early 1900’s. Antique carriages & cars. Admission charged.

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Salem Ancestry Days: Family Reunion at The Gables (POSTPONED)

May 2

Are you a Turner or Ingersoll? Hawthorne or Emmerton? Maybe even an Upton? If you are connected by family lines to our story at The House of the Seven Gables, we would love to meet you. Join us during Salem Ancestry Days. We’ll ask you to fill out a short form and bring along any...

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10:00 am

Grandma Said She Was from Pozan: An Introduction to Polish Geneaology

May 2 @ 10:00 am

Learn how to use family stories to start your research into your family tree.Using examples drawn from researching Polish immigrants, Julie Szczepankiewicz will identify key websites and strategies that will allow you to trace your family in both U.S. and Polish records, and she’ll offer some resources for overcoming the language barrier as well.

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Family History Consultations with American Ancestors (NEHGS) at First Church in Salem

May 2 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Need help with your family history research? These free, 15-minute consultations connect you with a family historian with expertise in your area of interest. Come with a research question and any relevant documents. First come, first served. Wheelchair/stroller accessible Family-friendly Restrooms available

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Salem Ancestry Days Vendor Fair

May 2 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites hosts a Vendor Fair during Salem Ancestry Weekend. This will be the event headquarters for the weekend with exhibitors related to genealogy, the immigrant experience, and Salem’s history. Check back on this page as we are closer to the event for a list of participating vendors.

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Grandma Said She Was from Pozan: An Introduction to Polish Geneaology (POSTPONED)

May 2 @ 10:00 am

Genealogist and writer Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz will demonstrate how to use family stories to start research into your Polish family tree. Using examples drawn from research into her family of Polish immigrants, she will identify key websites and strategies that will allow you to trace your family in both U.S. and Polish records. Ms. Szczepankiewicz...

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Family History Consultations with American Ancestors (NEHGS) at First Church in Salem (POSTPONED)

May 2 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Need help with your family history research? These free, 15-minute consultations connect you with a family historian with expertise in your area of interest. Come with a research question and any relevant documents. First come, first served. Event takes place at First Church in Salem. Wheelchair/stroller accessible Family-friendly Restrooms available  

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Salem Ancestry Days Vendor Fair (POSTPONED)

May 2 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites hosts a Vendor Fair during Salem Ancestry Weekend. This will be the event headquarters for the weekend with exhibitors related to genealogy, the immigrant experience, and Salem’s history. Check back on this page as we are closer to the event for a list of participating vendors.

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11:00 am

Salem Ancestry Days Walking Tour

May 2 @ 11:00 am

Salem has a vast and varied history from its humble beginnings in 1626 to present day as a thriving 21st Century city. The 1692 witch trials made the city infamous, but Salem played a critical role in the American Revolution that led to it becoming one of the richest seaports in the nation. We will...

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Italian Americans in Salem: A Neighborhood Walking Tour

May 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

During the first half of the twentieth century, Salem’s High, Endicott, and Gedney Streets supported a thriving community of Italian immigrants. Historic New England’s Gedney House, located in the heart of the neighborhood, was a tenement that housed multiple Italian American families. On this walking tour, revisit a past where small shops and fruit stalls,...

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Salem Ancestry Days Walking Tour (POSTPONED)

May 2 @ 11:00 am

Salem has a vast and varied history from its humble beginnings in 1626 to present day as a thriving 21st Century city. The 1692 witch trials made the city infamous, but Salem played a critical role in the American Revolution that led to it becoming one of the richest seaports in the nation. We will...

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Italian Americans in Salem: A Neighborhood Walking Tour (POSTPONED)

May 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

During the first half of the twentieth century, Salem’s High, Endicott, and Gedney Streets supported a thriving community of Italian immigrants. Historic New England’s Gedney House, located in the heart of the neighborhood, was a tenement that housed multiple Italian American families. On this walking tour, revisit a past where small shops and fruit stalls,...

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11:30 am

“I Found My Village! Now What?” Locating Vital Records in Poland Using Online Resources

May 2 @ 11:30 am

Finding vital records in Poland is a critical step in exploring Polish ancestry, but can sometimes be confusing. After a brief overview of Polish partitions, geography, and history, Julie Szczepankiewicz will illustrate the use of records to find one’s ancestral village and show how to trace Polish ancestry without having to cross the ocean. Wheelchair/Stroller...

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Saturday Ghost & Folklore Films/Discussion

May 2 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Heritage Films presents Saturday Ghost and Folklore films/discussion programs beginning March 7 and running weekly on Saturdays 11:30 am-2:30 pm at Salem TV,285 Derby Street, Salem. The films are factual and authentic with a local history flare. Dan Tremblay presents this to the general public.  By donation only. Info: 978-777-2711.

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Saturday Ghost & Folklore Films/Discussion (CANCELLED)

May 2 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Heritage Films presents Saturday Ghost and Folklore films/discussion programs beginning March 7 and running weekly on Saturdays 11:30 am-2:30 pm at Salem TV,285 Derby Street, Salem. The films are factual and authentic with a local history flare. Dan Tremblay presents this to the general public.  By donation only. Info: 978-777-2711.

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“I Found My Village! Now What?” Locating Vital Records in Poland Using Online Resources (POSTPONED)

May 2 @ 11:30 am

Genealogist and writer Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz will provide a brief overview of Polish partitions to introduce the audience to the geography and history of Poland. Ms. Szczepankiewicz will then illustrate the use of church records, passenger manifests, naturalization records, and other documents from U.S. sources to determine one’s ancestral village. She will suggest resources and...

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1:00 pm

Keepin’ Still and Mindin’ Things: The Revolutionary Link Between Afro-American Agency and Autonomy in Massachusetts, 1763-1817

May 2 @ 1:00 pm

Genealogist and archivist Ariana Fiorello-Omotosho presents her research on issues of abolition and independence by examining the lives of four Afro-Americans – Amos Fortune, Belinda Sutton, Elizabeth “Mumbet Freeman, and Paul Cuffe – and ways they engaged with their agency and autonomy during their enslavement in Massachusetts. Ms. Fiorello-Omotosho’s presentation also includes a look at...

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Daniels House Tour: Salem with the Daniels Family (17th century)

May 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Explore Salem through the eyes of one of its earliest families. Starting and ending at the c1667 Daniels House, the approximately 1-mile loop will trace the rustic 17th century Salem settlement and uncover ancient features hidden long ago. Tickets ($15) available online.

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Keepin’ Still and Mindin’ Things: The Revolutionary Link Between Afro-American Agency and Autonomy in Massachusetts, 1763-1817 (POSTPONED)

May 2 @ 1:00 pm

Genealogist and archivist Ariana Fiorello-Omotosho presents her research on issues of abolition and independence by examining the lives of four Afro-Americans – Amos Fortune, Belinda Sutton, Elizabeth “Mumbet Freeman, and Paul Cuffe – and ways they engaged with their agency and autonomy during their enslavement in Massachusetts. Ms. Fiorello-Omotosho’s presentation also includes a look at...

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Daniels House Tour: Salem with the Daniels Family (17th century) (POSTPONED)

May 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Explore Salem through the eyes of one of its earliest families. Starting and ending at the c1667 Daniels House, the approximately 1-mile loop will trace the rustic 17th century Salem settlement and uncover ancient features hidden long ago. Tickets ($15) available online.

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2:00 pm

The Life & Death of John Proctor, 1692

May 2 @ 2:00 pm

Join us for a fascinating lecture given by Peabody Historical Society curator Kelly Daniell. In 1692, John Proctor was 60 years old, was a successful business man, had sired seventeen children by three different wives, and was outspoken about his feelings against the witchcraft hysteria. Now infamous as one of the primary characters in Arthur...

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Collecting the Globe: The Salem East India Marine Society Museum

May 2 @ 2:00 pm

PEM Associate Curator George Schwartz shares fresh insights from his new book “Collecting the Globe: The Salem East India Marine Society Museum,” the first in-depth exploration of PEM’s founding institution. From 1799 to 1867, when Salem was a premier American port and launching pad for international trade, the East India Marine Society Museum was one...

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The Life & Death of John Proctor, 1692 (POSTPONED)

May 2 @ 2:00 pm

Join us for a fascinating lecture given by Peabody Historical Society curator Kelly Daniell. In 1692, John Proctor was 60 years old, was a successful business man, had sired seventeen children by three different wives, and was outspoken about his feelings against the witchcraft hysteria. Now infamous as one of the primary characters in Arthur...

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Collecting the Globe: The Salem East India Marine Society Museum (POSTPONED)

May 2 @ 2:00 pm

PEM Associate Curator George Schwartz shares fresh insights from his new book “Collecting the Globe: The Salem East India Marine Society Museum,” the first in-depth exploration of PEM’s founding institution. From 1799 to 1867, when Salem was a premier American port and launching pad for international trade, the East India Marine Society Museum was one...

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3:00 pm

Salem Diaries: Personal Perspectives on the Past

May 2 @ 3:00 pm

The Reverend William Bentley’s diary of his life in Federal-era Salem is a justly famous source, but it is just one of many diaries kept by Salem men and women which can shed light on life in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Join us at the Pickering House, c. 1660, where Dr. Donna Seger...

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Salem Diaries: Personal Perspectives on the Past (POSTPONED)

May 2 @ 3:00 pm

The Reverend William Bentley’s diary of his life in Federal-era Salem is a justly famous source, but it is just one of many diaries kept by Salem men and women which can shed light on life in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Join us at the Pickering House, c. 1660, where Dr. Donna Seger...

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7:30 pm

Salem Dance Ensemble

May 2 @ 7:30 pm

The Salem Dance Ensemble spring concert features a broad array of original work by student choreographers, faculty, and guest artists. This concert will feature the premiere of a new work choreographed by spring choreographer-in-residence Shakia Johnson. Johnson has choreographed and directed more than 50 hip hop, modern, African and lyrical works that have been performed...

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Salem Dance Ensemble (CANCELLED)

May 2 @ 7:30 pm

The Salem Dance Ensemble spring concert features a broad array of original work by student choreographers, faculty, and guest artists. This concert will feature the premiere of a new work choreographed by spring choreographer-in-residence Shakia Johnson. Johnson has choreographed and directed more than 50 hip hop, modern, African and lyrical works that have been performed...

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