Virtual Field Trip to The Salem Witch Trials: Reckoning and Reclaiming at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA

The Salem Witch Trials: Reckoning and Reclaiming Exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem

Earlier this month, I went up to Salem to the Peabody Essex Museum to see their exhibit, "The Salem Witch Trials: Reckoning and Reclaiming." And now, just in time for Halloween and Samhain festivities, I have put together a "Virtual Fieldtrip" for those of you who can't make it up to Salem, Massachusetts to see the exhibit for yourself. Though, if you can, I recommend it. The exhibit will be up until March. 


Part One: The Reckoning and Reclaiming

The first slide show has artifacts of the accused, primary source documents from the time of the Witch Trials, and a timeline. It ends with a featured couture gown from the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen's Fall 2007 line. He dedicated that show to his ancestor, one of the accused, named Elizabeth How. The gown was made in her honor.


Part Two: Major Arcana, Portraits of Witches in America

The second slide show captures another part of the exhibit, titled "Major Arcana: Portraits of Witches in America." This section feature photographic portraits of modern American witches such as Starhawk, Pam Grossman, and Juliet Diaz. It ends with a quote from M. Macha Nightmare, "A Witch is a mover and a shaper who draws power from the natural world and from within herself."