Emerson W. Baker
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At the Chadbourne Site (1643-90) in 2007
I am one of the department’s two public historians, teaching courses on material culture, archaeology, museums and architectural history - courses  that relate to historians working in the public sphere. My principal area of interest is seventeenth-century New England.

I am particulaly interested in the transmission and adaptation of English regional culture to a New World. Most of my archaeological fieldwork and research has centered on Maine, a place where English, French and Native American cultures collided. As such, research also involves Native American as well as Canadian history.

I also written two books on witchcraft in early New England, including the just published, A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience. And, I am co-developer of a series of historical apps for the iPhone & iPad.

A Storm of Witchcraft
  Gettysburg Concordance

As a public historian and archaeologist, I am regularly involved with the media. I have been an on and off camera expert for numerous documentaries and television shows. I have served as an advisor to We Shall Remain, a mini-series on The American Experience on PBS television and was an on-camera expert for the PBS series, Colonial House. I have also contributed to the Colonial House Web Site. Much of my media work involves the Salem witch trials, a topic this never ceases to fascinate people. I regularly tweet on the witch trials and related topics of interest on early New England History at @EmersonWBaker.

On the set of Colonial House
We Shall Remain
Teaching Edward Winslow how to great Massasoit,
on the set of We Shall Remain

Before coming to Salem State I was the director and archaeologist at the Saco Museum and Dyer Library. I continue to stay involved in these fields through consulting for area museums, and directing ongoing archaeological excavations. I serve on the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and the Collections Committee of the Robert S.Peabody Museum of Archaeology. I am the past Chair of the Maine Cultural Affairs Council, and the Maine Humanities Council.

I have been at Salem State for 20 years. I love teaching at the university, and being able to research and experience life in one of America's most historic places. I have served five years as department chair, four years as graduate coordinator, and even one year as internim dean of the graduate school. In 2005 I was honored to give the commencement address for the graduate school at Salem State. Click here to read the commencement address.  

 Media Appearances
The public's fascination with archaeology as well as the Salem witch trials means that I have had dozens of experiences in front of the camera over the past thirty years or so. I've been on national and local shows for PBS, as well as the History Channel, National Geographic Channel, the Travel Channel, WGAN America, New England Chronicle and many more. Below is what I have found on line. I will add more as I find it.  
King William's War for Bill Green's Maine  
Bill Greens's Maine


This 6 minute clip was filmed in the fall of 2010, for a weekly show of the NBC outlet in Maine (WCHS 6, Portland). It is on King William’s War in Maine, but also makes connections to the Salem witch trials.


Colonial House Promo


Colonial House Promo 1 Colonial House was an eight episode TV series on PBS in 2004. It is an historical reality series where modern day people live the lifes of the first settlers to New England in the 1620s. I was a lead consultant for the show, and appear on camera in the final episode. I am included briefly in this two minute promo. http://vimeo.com/2747198  

Home: The Story of Maine - "Rolling Back the Frontier"

Home: The Story of Maine

This is a 2003 episode from the Maine PBS series on Maine’s history. I am the lead talking head on this 25 minute episode, getting the first word as well as the last word. Another oldie from 2003, but some of my better work. http://video.mpbn.net/video/1351867513/

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