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Salem’s Trials: Lessons and Legacies of 1692

On June 10, 2017, the 325th anniversary of the first witch trials hanging, people gathered for a special symposium, Salem’s Trials: Lessons and Legacies of 1692, sponsored by Salem State University’s history department, the Salem Award Foundation, and the Essex National Heritage Area. C-SPAN recorded four sessions.

Salem Witch Trials 101 (includes symposium opening remarks) by Emerson W. Baker, professor of history at SSU, author of A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience.

The Capital Crime of Witchcraft: What the Sources Tell Us by Margo Burns, project manager for the Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt

The Making of Witch City panel discussion with Emerson Baker; Donna Seger, professor of history, SSU; Bethany Jay, associate professor of history, SSU; Steve Matchak, professor of geography, SSU; and Marilynne K. Roach, author of The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege.

Salem Witchcraft in American Landscape and Memory by Kenneth Foote, professor of geography at University of Connecticut, author of Shadowed Ground: America’s Landscapes of Violence and Tragedy.

Two other breakout sessions were not recorded: Teaching the Trials with Brad Austin, Amanda Prouty, and Jacqueline Robichaud; and The European Context for Salem 1692 by Donna Seger.

People & Places

How Governor Phips Stopped the Salem Witch Trials (sort of) by Marilynne K. Roach (History Camp: Boston 2017)

Site of Salem Witch Hangings Discovered (2016)

The Wardwell Family in the 1692 Witch Trials by Margo Burns, North Andover Historical Society (2016)

Who Do You Think You Are? Scott Foley discovers his relationship to Samuel Wardwell, hanged in 1692 as a witch. Requires signing in to your TV provider to watch full episode. (TLC, season 7, episode 2, 2016).


Bewitchment in Salem: The Real Story with Richard Trask, Marilynne Roach, Katherine Howe, and Emerson Baker (2014)

Mary Beth Norton on the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 (2012)

NightSide: Emerson Baker Looks at Salem’s Past (radio, 2014)

Our First Dance with the Devil with Marilynne Roach, Emerson Baker, Stacy Schiff, and Katherine Howe (radio, 2015)

Salem Witch Hunt by Explore Films (2015?)

Salem Witch Trials by the History Channel (2005)

The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 – Historical Reenactment/Documentary with Walter Cronkite

Salem’s Witch Trial Witchcraft & Witchhunt documentary by National Geographic (2015)

The Witches of ‘Salem’, Witchcraft by

You Are There: The Salem Witchcraft Trials (radio, 1947)


New England Beginnings: a partnership focused on 17th century, with lecturers, podcasts.

Salem Witch Museum


Just Google it and you’ll find plenty more!