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February 2021

Thursday, Feb 18
Advanced Planetary Magic for Beginners: Venerable Root – Saturn, with Dr Alexander Cummins
7:00 pm

Praised as ‘venerable root’ of things, old barren Saturn is considered the ruler of ‘the world immense in everlasting chains’ – ruling leaden concepts of…

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Sunday, Feb 21
Leslie’s Retreat
2:30 pm

THE 5th ANNUAL LESLIE’S RETREAT CELEBRATIONS WILL LOOK A LITTLE DIFFERENT THIS COVID 19 YEAR  The Leslie’s Retreat Salem Resistance Steering Committee is pleased to…

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Monday, Feb 22
Mars: On Sanguine Pyre – Part II of V: A Thorn in the Foot with Sasha Ravitch
7:00 pm

This bundle of five, hour-and-a-half classes, helps students develop a foundational knowledge of the planet Mars, aka the Lesser Malefic, and: his magical and mytho-poetic…

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Tuesday, Feb 23
“What’s Love Got to Do With It?” Virtual Exhibition

Art is a language unto itself and the creative process remains as mysterious as the language of love. When you put the two together, you’re…

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Tuesday, Feb 23
Virtual Tarot Salon
7:00 pm

A monthly cyber-gathering to practice the tarot together. Learn new spreads and magical skills. Try individual, partner, and group readings. All levels welcome! **Please email…

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Wednesday, Feb 24
VIRTUAL Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series: Geologic History and Evolution of Salem Sound
7:00 pm

We welcome Dr. Lindley Hanson back to shine light on this always popular topic. In fact, she was our first presenter for the Underwater in…

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Thursday, Feb 25
Cross-Cultural Chic: Unraveling the Life and Legacy of Hanae Mori
6:00 pm

Join fashion historian Ayaka Sano for a presentation on the Japanese couturier Hanae Mori presented by the Peabody Essex Museum and the Japan Society of…

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Thursday, Feb 25
Race and the Salem Witch Trials
6:30 pm

Many are already aware one of the first people to be accused of witchcraft in 1692 was a woman of color, a slave named Tituba…

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Friday, Feb 26
How We Move Forward Together: Coronavirus and Inequality
7:00 pm

Join us for our latest virtual series, in conjunction with PEM’s upcoming Climate + Environment initiative. Each session offers a different perspective on the lessons…

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Saturday, Feb 27
Create a Poseable Polar Bear
10:30 am

Create a poseable polar bear puppet to celebrate National Polar Bear Day in this drop-in art activity created by PEM’s education team. New activities debut…

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Saturday, Feb 27
Virtual Virgo Full Moon Circle
8:00 pm

Moon Magic: Full Moon Guided Meditation for gratitude + celebration Twice monthly virtual meditation + ritual starting promptly at 8pm via Zoom. **Please email hello@hauswitch.com…

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March 2021

Monday, Mar 1
Virtual Screening of “Calendar Girl”
10:00 am

Film available to view March 1–14 | $10 In honor of the exhibition Made It: The Women Who Revolutionized Fashion, Salem Film Fest and PEM are…

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Tuesday, Mar 2
Celebrating Charlotte
12:00 pm

We invite members of Salem State University, and the broader community, to join us in celebration of the life and accomplishment of Charlotte F. Forten….

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Wednesday, Mar 3
“Salem in Context: The Age of the Witch Hunts”
7:00 pm

The Salem witch trials loom large in American history and in our national imagination. But the events of 1692-3 were not uniquely American phenomena; instead,…

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Thursday, Mar 4
Restoring the Industrial Waste Site in Massachusetts Bay
7:00 pm

As the project to deepen Boston Harbor came together in the early 2000s, the question arose: where to relocate the millions of cubic yards of…

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Friday, Mar 5
Ospreys: The Revival of a Global Raptor
7:45 pm

The past 50 years have seen an extraordinary resurgence in Osprey numbers globally—from the Chesapeake to Scotland and from Finland to Massachusetts. Alan Poole, associate…

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Wednesday, Mar 10
Our Obsession with The Unexplained: Ghosts, Mythical Monsters and Alien Encounters, Oh My!
7:00 pm

In a world of rational, scientific explanations, belief in the unprovable and irrational–in fringe–is on the rise: from Atlantis to aliens, from Flat Earth to…

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Thursday, Mar 11
Salem State Theatre Presents “Machinal”

The Salem State theatre and speech communication department presents Machinal  by Sophie Treadwell, a recorded performance available to view online March 11- 18. Sophie Treadwell’s…

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Thursday, Mar 11
Online Book Club at The House of the Seven Gables
6:30 pm

The House of the Seven Gables will host an online book club – encouraging you to cozy up this winter with a good read. The…

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Thursday, Mar 11
The Mighty Dead Class Series – Learning from Legendary Practitioners: Teiresias with Kadmus
7:00 pm

The Cauldron Black is delighted to announce a year-long, twelve-part monthly series dedicated to The Mighty Dead: historic, influential, prolific (and occasionally infamous!) witches, magicians,…

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Friday, Mar 12
Virtual Pisces New Moon Circle
8:00 pm

Twice monthly virtual meditation + ritual starting promptly at 8pm via Zoom. **Please email hello@hauswitch.com for information about claiming or sponsoring scholarship tickets for Black…

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Saturday, Mar 13
Boston Classical Trio: A Concert of 17th-Century Music
8:00 pm

For what would have been the sixth year of thrilling sold-out audiences at the Salem Athenaeum, Susanna Ogata, Guy Fishman, and Ian Watson are presenting…

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Wednesday, Mar 17
Where the Salem Witch-Hunt began: Exploring the sites of Salem Village with Dan Gagnon
7:00 pm

Salem Village – present-day Danvers, MA – was where the 1692 Witch-Hunt first began, and where many of the leading figures of the Witch-Hunt lived….

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Thursday, Mar 18
Advanced Planetary Magic for Beginners: The World’s Commander – The Sun, with Dr Alexander Cummins
7:00 pm

Golden Titan, Father of Ages, the World’s Commander. All are titles of Sol, the eponymous centre of our solar system. Planet of sovereignty, vision, clarity,…

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Friday, Mar 19
Salem Film Fest

Since 2007, Salem Film Fest (SFF) has brought the world’s best independent documentaries and their makers to Boston’s North Shore. Now the largest International documentary…

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Saturday, Mar 20
Give Voice: Poetry in Response to The Salem Witch Trials 1692
7:00 pm

Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 7 pm Suggested donation: $10 Salem Athenaeum members; $15 nonmembers The Salem Witch Trials remain a source of fascination and…

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Tuesday, Mar 23
PEM Dialogues with Sarah Lewis
5:00 pm

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 5 pm Join us for PEM Dialogues with Sarah Lewis on Tuesday, March 23, at 5 pm (EST). Sarah Lewis,…

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Tuesday, Mar 23
Shipwrecked: Writing Workshop with Eleni Sikelianos, Lucía Hinojosa
7:00 pm

Join Mass Poetry for a writing workshop with Eleni Sikelianos and Lucia Hinojosa Gaxiola. Find program details at masspoetry.org. **Note: This workshop is produced as…

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Wednesday, Mar 24
Community Conversation: New Immigrants and Refugee Visions
6:00 pm

Join us for two unique films made by immigrants, about immigrants in partnership with Community Supported Film. Each film is ten minutes long and there…

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Wednesday, Mar 24
Nature’s Best Hope: Virtual Presentation by Doug Tallamy, Author of Bringing Nature Home
6:30 pm

Recent headlines about global insect declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape…

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Thursday, Mar 25
Lauren Willig: Band of Sisters
7:00 pm

In 1917, the women of Smith College went to war. Lauren Willig discusses the little known, true story of the Smith College Relief Unit, a…

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Friday, Mar 26
Now What?: Coronavirus and Collective Action
7:00 pm

Friday, March 26, 2021 at 7 pm Join us for our latest virtual series as guest speakers emphasize the collective actions we need to take…

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Saturday, Mar 27
Drop-in Art Making
10:30 am

Create a collaborative drawing inspired by National Scribble Day. Work with a family member to create an original scribble in this drop-in art activity created…

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Sunday, Mar 28
“The Marble Flock” with History Alive

It’s 1858. Sophia and Nathaniel Hawthorne and their three children reach Rome intent on restoring health and inspiration. A year of anticipated rest and creative…

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Sunday, Mar 28
Mary Harrow Northend: The Tired Traditionalist

Presentation available on YouTube throughout the month of March. Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZ1Pypkk02Y&t=18s Free Those interested may access this encore presentation by Dr. Donna Seger,…

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Sunday, Mar 28
Salem Women’s History Day with the Witch House & Pioneer Village
10:00 am

Members of the Massachusett Tribe will speak about elements of women’s lives amongst Salem’s Indigenous culture. This talk will be shared virtually on the Witch…

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Sunday, Mar 28
Unsung Heroes: Black Women in Essex County
1:00 pm

Dr. Kabria Baumgartner and Dr. Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello have spent the past two years visiting historic repositories throughout Essex County to collect, compile, and catalog the…

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Sunday, Mar 28
Virtual Libra Full Moon Circle
8:00 pm

Twice monthly virtual meditation + ritual starting promptly at 8pm via Zoom. **Please email hello@hauswitch.com for information about sponsored tickets for Black and/or Indigenous folx…

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Monday, Mar 29
Mars: On Sanguine Pyre Part III of V – A Great Lorde; A Knave with Sasha Ravitch
7:00 pm

This bundle of five, hour-and-a-half classes, helps students develop a foundational knowledge of the planet Mars, aka the Lesser Malefic, and: his magical and mytho-poetic…

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Tuesday, Mar 30
Virtual Tarot Salon
7:00 pm

A monthly cyber-gathering to practice the tarot together. Learn new spreads and magical skills. Try individual, partner, and group readings. All levels welcome! **Please email…

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Wednesday, Mar 31
Colonial Classics – A Food Demonstration with The Gables
5:00 pm

The kitchen might be modern, but the recipes are colonial classics. Virtually join our staff in the cafe kitchen for a lesson about colonial foodways…

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Wednesday, Mar 31
Four Centuries of Salem Women
5:30 pm

Join Dr. Donna A. Seger, professor of medieval & early modern history at Salem State University and proprietor of the Streets of Salem blog, for…

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Wednesday, Mar 31
VIRTUAL Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series: Atlantic White Shark Awareness Inspires Conservation
7:00 pm

Kristen Kibblehouse will give us an overview of the work of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and cover a wide range of topics – from…

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April 2021

Thursday, Apr 1
Broom Making, Book Binding
12:00 pm

Craft a rustic broom from scratch or bind your own leather grimoire, book of shadows, spell book, art or dream journal- something for all your…

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Friday, Apr 2
Insects for Birders
7:45 pm

Friday, April 2, 2021 at 7:45 pm Free event Pick any scene from the drama of birds: the grace and force of flight, the audacity…

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Wednesday, Apr 7
Virtual Lecture with Marilynne Roach
6:30 pm

What happened to the individuals once they were executed in 1692? This is a mystery that has haunted historians for centuries. Nineteenth-century historian Charles Upham…

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Thursday, Apr 8
Broom Making, Book Binding
12:00 pm

Craft a rustic broom from scratch or bind your own leather grimoire, book of shadows, spell book, art or dream journal- something for all your…

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Thursday, Apr 8
A Conversation with Judy Shepard, LGBTQIA Activist
7:00 pm

Judy and Dennis Shepard lost their 21 year old son Matthew in October 1998, to a murder motivated by anti-gay hate. They turned their grief into action and…

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Friday, Apr 9
Broom Making, Book Binding
12:00 pm

Craft a rustic broom from scratch or bind your own leather grimoire, book of shadows, spell book, art or dream journal- something for all your…

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Saturday, Apr 10
Broom Making, Book Binding
12:00 pm

Craft a rustic broom from scratch or bind your own leather grimoire, book of shadows, spell book, art or dream journal- something for all your…

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Sunday, Apr 11
Broom Making, Book Binding
12:00 pm

Craft a rustic broom from scratch or bind your own leather grimoire, book of shadows, spell book, art or dream journal- something for all your…

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Sunday, Apr 11
Virtual Aries New Moon Circle
8:00 pm

Twice monthly virtual meditation + ritual starting promptly at 8pm via Zoom. **Please email hello@hauswitch.com for information about claiming or sponsoring scholarship tickets for Black…

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Tuesday, Apr 13
Salem’s Stories, Salem’s Words: Workshop with Jack Giaour
7:00 pm

Using documents from the Peabody Essex Museum’s Salem Stories exhibit, students will explore two different types of text based poetic forms – erasure and collage….

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Thursday, Apr 15
Broom Making, Book Binding
12:00 pm

Craft a rustic broom from scratch or bind your own leather grimoire, book of shadows, spell book, art or dream journal- something for all your…

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Friday, Apr 16
Broom Making, Book Binding
12:00 pm

Craft a rustic broom from scratch or bind your own leather grimoire, book of shadows, spell book, art or dream journal- something for all your…

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Saturday, Apr 17
Broom Making, Book Binding
12:00 pm

Craft a rustic broom from scratch or bind your own leather grimoire, book of shadows, spell book, art or dream journal- something for all your…

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Sunday, Apr 18
Broom Making, Book Binding
12:00 pm

Craft a rustic broom from scratch or bind your own leather grimoire, book of shadows, spell book, art or dream journal- something for all your…

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Tuesday, Apr 20
“I Cast Iron Because…” Virtual Gallery by MassArt Students & Artists

Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site partnered with students from Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) and Visiting Lecturer in Sculpture Marjee-Anne Levine to…

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Wednesday, Apr 21
Colonial Classics Food Demonstration
5:00 pm

The kitchen might be modern, but the recipes are colonial classics. Virtually join our staff in the cafe kitchen for a lesson about colonial foodways…

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Wednesday, Apr 21
Connor Towne O’Neill—That Devil: Reckoning with the Life and Afterlife of Nathan Bedford Forrest
7:00 pm

Every day for the past six years — ever since he wandered into an old Confederate cemetery on a major civil rights anniversary — Connor…

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Thursday, Apr 22
Broom Making, Book Binding
12:00 pm

Craft a rustic broom from scratch or bind your own leather grimoire, book of shadows, spell book, art or dream journal- something for all your…

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Friday, Apr 23
Broom Making, Book Binding
12:00 pm

Craft a rustic broom from scratch or bind your own leather grimoire, book of shadows, spell book, art or dream journal- something for all your…

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Saturday, Apr 24
Broom Making, Book Binding
12:00 pm

Craft a rustic broom from scratch or bind your own leather grimoire, book of shadows, spell book, art or dream journal- something for all your…

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Sunday, Apr 25
Broom Making, Book Binding
12:00 pm

Craft a rustic broom from scratch or bind your own leather grimoire, book of shadows, spell book, art or dream journal- something for all your…

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Monday, Apr 26
Virtual 5K Walk for the Dogs

Our pets provide us with comfort, unconditional love, and care during our most trying times. During the coronavirus pandemic, this statement could not be more…

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Monday, Apr 26
Humanizing Language: Identity, Allyship, and Why Words Matter
7:00 pm

Please join Voices Against Injustice and Salem State’s Center for Civic Engagement for an upcoming panel discussion, “Humanizing Language: Identity, Allyship, and Why Words Matter.”…

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Monday, Apr 26
Virtual Scorpio Full Moon Circle
8:00 pm

Twice monthly virtual meditation + ritual starting promptly at 8pm via Zoom. **Please email hello@hauswitch.com for information about sponsored tickets for Black and/or Indigenous folx…

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Tuesday, Apr 27
Virtual 5K Walk for the Dogs

Our pets provide us with comfort, unconditional love, and care during our most trying times. During the coronavirus pandemic, this statement could not be more…

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Wednesday, Apr 28
Virtual 5K Walk for the Dogs

Our pets provide us with comfort, unconditional love, and care during our most trying times. During the coronavirus pandemic, this statement could not be more…

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Thursday, Apr 29
Virtual 5K Walk for the Dogs

Our pets provide us with comfort, unconditional love, and care during our most trying times. During the coronavirus pandemic, this statement could not be more…

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Thursday, Apr 29
Salem State Theatre Presents: “The Laramie Project”

The Salem State theatre department presents The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theater Project. A recorded performance will be…

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Thursday, Apr 29
Broom Making, Book Binding
12:00 pm

Craft a rustic broom from scratch or bind your own leather grimoire, book of shadows, spell book, art or dream journal- something for all your…

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Friday, Apr 30
Virtual 5K Walk for the Dogs

Our pets provide us with comfort, unconditional love, and care during our most trying times. During the coronavirus pandemic, this statement could not be more…

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Friday, Apr 30
Interview with Dan Finamore from Peabody Essex Museum

Salem Maritime National Historic Site will distribute an interview and webpage featuring an interview with Dan Finamore of the Peabody Essex Museum. Topics include a…

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Friday, Apr 30
Salem State Theatre Presents: “The Laramie Project”

The Salem State theatre department presents The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theater Project. A recorded performance will be…

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Friday, Apr 30
Ask a Genealogist – Live Chat!
9:00 am

The expert family historians at American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society are here to answer your questions about genealogy and local history! Visit https://www.americanancestors.org/chat and…

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Friday, Apr 30
Naumkeag Ancestral Acknowledgement
10:30 am

The Indigenous Community will hold a virtual ceremony to bless those who passed without traditional rites. This event will be shared virtually on the Witch…

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Friday, Apr 30
Broom Making, Book Binding
12:00 pm

Craft a rustic broom from scratch or bind your own leather grimoire, book of shadows, spell book, art or dream journal- something for all your…

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Friday, Apr 30
House History How-To: Conducting Your Own House History
12:00 pm

Have you always been interested in how to go about conducting your own House History research? Learn how to do-it-yourself with one of Historic Salem’s…

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Friday, Apr 30
Ancestral Bingo Night
6:00 pm

Join us for a fun night of exploring your family’s history and stories with a unique version of BINGO created by The Gables staff. This…

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Friday, Apr 30
Discovering Your Salem Ancestry: How to Access Genealogical Records
6:00 pm

Researching your family history can be daunting, especially if you don’t know where to look. In this educational and inspirational webinar, learn how to access…

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May 2021

Saturday, May 1
Virtual 5K Walk for the Dogs

Our pets provide us with comfort, unconditional love, and care during our most trying times. During the coronavirus pandemic, this statement could not be more…

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Saturday, May 1
American Burlesque Collection Reopening

The American Burlesque Collection reopens for the its second season May 1! The boutique museum is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the “Art of…

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Saturday, May 1
Salem State Theatre Presents: “The Laramie Project”

The Salem State theatre department presents The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theater Project. A recorded performance will be…

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Saturday, May 1
Ask a Genealogist – Live Chat!
9:00 am

The expert family historians at American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society are here to answer your questions about genealogy and local history! Visit https://www.americanancestors.org/chat and…

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Saturday, May 1
Remembering the Silent Souls of Howard Street Cemetery
10:00 am

A 30-40 minute video of the history of the cemetery and select people within such as Prince Farmer, Col. Samuel Carlton, and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s relatives….

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Saturday, May 1
Broom Making, Book Binding
12:00 pm

Craft a rustic broom from scratch or bind your own leather grimoire, book of shadows, spell book, art or dream journal- something for all your…

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Saturday, May 1
The Life and Death of John Proctor
2:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon virtual lecture given by Peabody Historical Society curator Kelly Daniell. In 1692, John Proctor was 60 years old, was a…

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Saturday, May 1
Annawon Weeden Virtual Talk
2:00 pm

Join us for a virtual talk with Annawon Weeden of the Mashpee-Wampanoag and Naragansett Tribes.  This talk will be shared virtually on the Witch House…

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Sunday, May 2
Salem State Theatre Presents: “The Laramie Project”

The Salem State theatre department presents The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theater Project. A recorded performance will be…

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Sunday, May 2
Broom Making, Book Binding
12:00 pm

Craft a rustic broom from scratch or bind your own leather grimoire, book of shadows, spell book, art or dream journal- something for all your…

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Sunday, May 2
The Salem Ancestry Talk Show: The Photo Detective & The Story Teller
6:00 pm

Join us for a moderated Zoom show with special guests Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective, and James McAllister, the official Historian of Salem. Together they…

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Monday, May 3
Salem State Theatre Presents: “The Laramie Project”

The Salem State theatre department presents The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theater Project. A recorded performance will be…

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Monday, May 3
Ask a Genealogist – Live Chat!
9:00 am

The expert family historians at American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society are here to answer your questions about genealogy and local history! Visit https://www.americanancestors.org/chat and…

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Monday, May 3
Salem Indigenous Genealogy Project
10:00 am

Do you have Indigenous ancestry from this region? We would love to hear from you!  We will be sharing resources for research and collecting stories…

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Monday, May 3
Shalom/Salem: Archival Stories from Salem’s Jewish Community
3:00 pm

Learn about the families, businesses, and synagogues that make up Salem’s Jewish history through the lens of the archival collections at the Wyner Family Jewish…

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Tuesday, May 4
Salem State Theatre Presents: “The Laramie Project”

The Salem State theatre department presents The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theater Project. A recorded performance will be…

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Tuesday, May 4
South Asian Art: Writing Workshop with Kirun Kapur
7:00 pm

Workshop details available at masspoetry.org.  Kirun Kapur’s latest collection, Women in the Waiting Room, was a finalist for the National Poetry Series and is out…

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Wednesday, May 5
Salem State Theatre Presents: “The Laramie Project”

The Salem State theatre department presents The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theater Project. A recorded performance will be…

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Thursday, May 6
Salem State Theatre Presents: “The Laramie Project”

The Salem State theatre department presents The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theater Project. A recorded performance will be…

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