Join The House of the Seven Gables, Salem Historical Society, and St. Peter’s-San Pedro Church for an afternoon book talk with local author, Benjamin Shallop, featuring his most recent publication, The Founding of Salem, City of Peace. In the 1620s the land that would one day become the Massachusetts North Shore was a harsh frontier. Native Americans, fishermen, and religious exiles struggled to survive while speculators strived to profit off the vast resources of this New World.
Out of the disease, greed, and chaos of the era would emerge one of the most unique cities in the world. Learn how a working-class salter named Roger Conant became the first governor of Massachusetts and why Miles Standish tried to end this new colony of fishermen with brute force. Meet the woman who led the Massachusett people through their most trying times but whose name was ultimately lost to recorded history.
This event is free as part of Trails and Sails, but registration is encouraged. Please note: This event is being held at St. Peter’s-San Pedro Church at 24 St. Peter Street, Salem, MA 01970.