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Witchcraft in Salem and New England Proctor's Ledge
This page is an on-going effort to provide information to the many people who contact with with questions about the Salem witch trials (particularly the Gallows Hill Project, and efforts to properly maintain and care for Proctor's Ledge).

The Gallows Hill Project (Proctor's Ledge)

Syllabus for my Salem witch trials graduate course
My research on Salem and New England witchcraft
My discussions of Salem witchcraft in the media
Web Resources


Part of Proctor's Ledge, site of the Salem executions

My research on Salem and New England witchcraft

A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience
The Devil of Great Island" Witchcraft and Conflict in Early New England
The New England Knight: Sir William Phips, 1651-1695
Salem Witch Trials (iPhone & iPad app)
Blog posts on the Salem witch trials
Tweets & Facebook


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My discussions of Salem witchcraft in the media  
General coverage of the Salem witch trials and related events
Bewitchment in Salem: The Real Story. An hour long panel discussion, were Richard Trask, Marilynne Roach, Katherine Howe and Emerson Baker answer many of the key questions about the Salem witch trials (2014 video).
"Our First Dance with the Devil," on Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon. An hour long discussion about the Salem witch trials and their relevance today, with Marilynne Roach, Emerson Baker, Stacy Schiff and Katherine Howe (aired Oct. 29, 2015 on WBUR)
"A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience," Emerson Baker's presentation to the Minnesota Historical Society, October 18, 2014, via Minnesota Public Radio.
"Emerson Baker looks at Salem's past," on Nightside with Dan Rea, WBZ 1030 AM (Boston) A general discussion about the Salem witch trials, and links to today (aired on Dec. 14, 2014, 10:00PM).
New stories about the confirmation of Proctor's Ledge as the execution site in 1692
"Site of Salem Hangings during witchcraft hysteria confirmed," Pam Cross, WCVB-TV, Boston, January 13, 2016.
"Did Salem intentionally forget where the 'witches' were killed?" Rupa Shenoy, WGBH, Boston Public Radio, January 14, 2016
Fox News Channel’s Happening Now, interviews Emerson Baker on the Gallows Hill Project, January 14, 2016
"Researchers confirm site of hangings for Salem Witch Trials," Mark Pratt and Rodrigue Ngowi, Associated Press, January 15, 2016

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Web Resources  
Salem Witch Trials: Documentary Archive and Transcription Project
This product of Professor Benjamin Ray and the Scholar's Lab at the Univerity of Virginia has transcripts an original images of the Salem witch trials records, other 17th century Essex County court records, contemporary and historical accounts of the trials and Salem, and a host of other materials. This is the single most important if you are researching the witch trials.
Seventeenth-Century Colonial New England, with Special Emphasis on the Salem Trials
This site, developed by Salem witch trials expert Margo Burns is exactly what the title suggests. It includes some original content, as well as links to many sites on the witch trials as well as other aspects of 17th century life. Notably, it includes a vaulable cross-reference to accessing the witch trial records from published and on-line sources.

The Goody Parsons Witchcraft Case: A Journey to Seventeenth-Century Northhampton

An excellent web site on a non-Salem case of Massachusetts witchcraft.

Cornell University Library Witchcraft Collection

This important and collection of European and American historical sources are available on-line digitally scanned and also transcribed. The site also includes some very good papers by students of Mary Beth Norton on the Salem witch trials.
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Salem Witch Trials: Examine the Evidence. An award-winning introuduction to the witch trials developed and featuring leading scholars, it shows regularly at NPS Headquarters, Liberty Street, Salem. Click here to view the trailer.

Witch City. Told from the perspective of a returning native, this impressive documentary looks at the Salem's ongoing relationship to the witch trials, and the conflict between commemorating the events of 1692 and efforts to profit from this history. Click here to view the trailer.

Three Sovereigns for Sarah. Produced for PBS's American Playhouse in 1985, this three hour drama tells the story of Sarah Cloyce and her two sisters, all tried for witchcraft in 1692. Leading scholars on the trials served as advisors, so this is a very authentic drama.

Salem: Unmasking the Devil. This 2011 documentary was produced for the National Geographic Channel. It focuses on the first months of the witch trials, and in particular the very important role of Reverend Samuel Parris in the spread of the crisis.
Witch Hunt. This 2004 documentary was produced by Lone Wolf Productions for the History Channel. It includes leading scholars of the witch trials.
Days of Judgment is a documentary developed by the Peabody-Essex Museum for the Salem witch trials tercentenary in 1992.

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