History of the Salem Witchcraft Trials

Event Type: Category: Adults
Age Group(s): General Audience
Date: 10/11/2018
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM
 Explore one of the darkest times in American history with an in-depth look at to the Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692, presented by the author of In the Shadow of Salem, Donna Gawell.

Discover the "perfect storm" of political influence, financial gain and social standing that led to Salem's citizens turning on their neighbors, accusing more than 200 men and women of practicing witchcraft and killing 20 of them. And learn to decipher fact from fiction with a discussion of Puritan beliefs and the use of "spectral evidence" in the courts.

About the Author

Genealogist and author, Donna Gawell has traced her Ohio and Massachusetts roots to Sweden, England and Poland, found over ten sets of forgotten European cousins and then traveled to meet them on three different "trips of a lifetime." Mehitabel Braybrooke, her 8th great-grandmother was one of the people accused and imprisoned for witchcraft during the Salem trials.

Donna is the author of Travel Back to Your Roots, In the Shadow of Salem, and The ABC’s of Crime and Punishment in Puritan New England. She has also written journal articles on these topics for professional and genealogy organizations. Donna lives in Westerville, Ohio with her husband Mark.

Location: Combined Meeting Room (Event)
Contact: Megan C
Presenter: Donna Gawell
Status: Closed

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