Join NEHGS and historian and author Marilynne K. Roach for a lecture based on Roach’s new book. In Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials
, Roach chronicles the lives of six specific women involved in the witch hunt who represent the accusers, the accused, or both, and uses their unique stories to illuminate the larger crisis of the trials.
The story of the Salem Witch Trials continues to captivate us more than 300 years after this colonial village was swept away by witchcraft hysteria. Too often, the names of the 255 individuals involved—including the nineteen hanged on Gallows Hill—are reduced to stock characters, the intricacies of their lives buried beneath the dramatic details.Six Women of Salem
works to reconstruct the events of the trials, bringing to life this representative group of women, and examines the entire experience of the Salem Witch Trials through the eyes of those who lived through the hysteria. Roach delivers a historically intimate narrative that gives readers a front row seat to this desperate and dangerous time in history.
Marilynne K. Roach works as both a historian and illustrator. Her illustrations, how-to articles, and travel pieces have been featured in the Boston Globe. She’s lectured to groups ranging in age from kindergarteners to senior citizens, and is the author of The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege
. She is a lifelong resident of Watertown, Massachusetts.
Free and open to the public. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-226-1226 to reserve a space.