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Celebrate Salem Women’s History Day with Local Museums & Events

March 27, 2022, is Salem Women’s History Day and local museums and historic sites are celebrating some of the most notable women from Salem’s past. Join the Salem Witch Museum, The House of the Seven Gables, and History Alive for additional programming on March 27 with the following events:

In Memory of Ann Dolliver with the Salem Witch Museum

Ann Dolliver, Salem Witch Museum

Ann Dolliver, the daughter of Salem Town’s elder minister, John Higginson, lived with her three children on the land where the Salem Witch Museum stands today. Despite the fact that Ann was the daughter of a respected New England reverend and sister of a Salem magistrate, she was accused of witchcraft and arrested in June of 1692. Abandoned by her husband, left with three children, forced to move home with her father and step-mother in her 40s, she was described by her father as “melancholy” and “crazed in her understanding.” What little information is known about Ann Dolliver paints the picture of a sad and tragic life.

Join the museum for this free virtual event on Salem’s Women’s History Day, as our Education Department discusses the life of this fascinating woman, her connection to the Salem witch trials, and women’s roles and challenges in the seventeenth-century. If you are unable to attend live, this event will also be recorded and shared on the museum’s YouTube page for future accessibility.

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The Women of The House of the Seven Gables and Their Community

The House of the Seven Gables board member Robin Woodman is presenting a lecture entitled “The Women of The House of the Seven Gables and their Community.” Woodman’s lecture will focus on the Turner women, who occupied the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion from 1668 until 1782 when the house was purchased by Captain Samuel Ingersoll. She will also touch on the Ingersoll women and The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association founder Caroline Emmerton. All of these women played a role in the Salem community and witnessed many important moments in history.

Robin Woodman is a local historian who grew up on Forrester St in Salem, attending afterschool programs at The Gables Settlement Association. After attending Lesley University for an undergraduate History degree and Harvard University to obtain her masters, Robin returned to the Salem area as an adult, with a drive to give back to the community

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The Marble Flock by History Alive

The Marble Flock by History Alive was written and illustrated by Kristina Stevick. Directed by Lemaris Bell. Sound design by Carl Schultz. Travel with the Hawthorne family to Rome in 1858, where you’ll meet some unforgettable women artists living exactly how they wish, despite what any of Salem’s sons happen to think, say, or write about them.
Listen for free any time now through the end of the month.

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