Salem's Trials: Lessons and Legacy of 1692


June 10, 2017, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM


Salem State University, Marsh Hall, Salem, MA, 01970


A Symposium in Recognition of the 325th Anniversary of the Salem Witch Trials

Presentations and panels on:

The Salem Witch Trials 101, The European Context for Salem 1692, Teaching the Trials, and The Making of Witch City.

Oral testimonies of victim descendants will be recorded.

Keynote address by Dr. Kenneth E. Foote, author of Shadowed Ground: America’s Landscapes of Violence and Tragedy.

Registration: $25 (includes lunch). Tickets here

Full Program

8:30-9:15       Coffee and Orientation

9:15-10:30     Plenary Session:  Salem Witch Trials 101, Dr. Emerson “Tad” Baker

10:30- 12:00  Breakout Sessions: 

  1. Teaching the Trials, Dr. Brad Austin and Panel
  2. The European Context for Salem 1692, Dr. Donna Seger
  3. The Capital Crime of Witchcraft: What the Sources Tell Us, Margo Burns

10:30-3:00  Descendants’ Testimonies: Descendants of Witch Trial victims and accusers may record their testimonies in 10-minute interviews

12:15-1:30  LUNCH

1:30-3:00    Plenary Discussion: The Making of Witch City Panel Discussion with Drs. Tad Baker, Donna Seger, Bethany Jay, Steve Matchak and Marilynne K. Roach

3:30-4:30    Keynote Address:  Dr. Kenneth Foote, author of Shadowed Ground, America’s Landscapes of Violence and Tragedy

4:30             Closing Thoughts

A Weekend of Commemoration:  

Join the Salem Award Foundation on Sunday, June 11th, 12-3 pm for “Our One Story,” a free community-wide 25th anniversary celebration of inclusion at the Salem Witch Trials Memorial. Details at