PEM Event, "Witch Trials and Salem Then and Now"
Last month, I had the pleasure of joining a panel hosted by Dan Lipcan of the Phillips Library and moderated by public historian Kristin Harris about the legacies of the Salem Witch Trials. There are many events in Salem around Halloween that invoke, in one way or another, the witch hysteria that tore Salem apart in 1692 and led to the execution of 29 people. This one, however, was different. With Fara Wolfson from Voices Against Injustice and Erica Feldmann, who started HausWitch Home + Healing as part store, part community center and informal educational hub for 21st century witches, Harris invited us to explore what the history of Salem means and how contemporary pagans, wiccans and witches in Salem and around the world orient towards the town and its most celebrated holiday, Halloween.
You can watch the presentation here. Be sure to let me know what you think.