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Salem Women’s History Day – March 28, 2021

February 12, 2021 Published By Julie Arrison-Bishop

We are excited to release details for a Salemwide community partnership for the 2021 Salem Women’s History Day, taking place on and around Sunday, March 28. Salem Women’s History Day has been happening for over a decade in Salem. Historical organizations are encouraged to participate by offering a public program that commemorates and celebrates contributions to women’s history.

Like all museum public programs, 2021 will look a bit different for Salem Women’s History Day. All partners are offering online events and will release a community reading list. On March 28, partners and the public are welcome to use #salemwomenshistoryday on their social media to share information and stories.

Partners are welcome to share event information and add to the community reading list by emailing Lists will be updated and shared in the days leading up to Salem Women’s History Day. Confirmed events are below. We encourage online registration where requested to ensure that you can receive a link in time for the scheduled events.

Mayor Kimberly Driscoll will be putting forth a proclamation to commemorate this day. We appreciate the City of Salem’s efforts in supporting the many important histories shared in Salem.

This is not the final event list – we do expect more partners to confirm events over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for details!

Community PartnerEvent NameEvent DateEvent TimeEvent DescriptionLink to Register/View
Historic New England's Phillips HouseFour Centuries of Salem WomenWednesday, March 315:30 - 6:30 p.m.Join Dr. Donna A. Seger, Professor of Medieval & Early Modern History at Salem State University and proprietor of the Streets of Salem blog, for a sweeping virtual program on four centuries of women's history in Salem.
History Alive, Inc.The Marble Flock--when Salem lived in RomeSundays, February 14; February 28; March 14; March 288:00 p.m.It’s 1858. Sophia and Nathaniel Hawthorne and their children reach Rome in search of health and inspiration. Entering the society of William Wetmore Story, Charlotte Cushman and “The White Marmorean Flock”, nobody bargained for the year that followed. Adapted to an illustrated radio version for our present Covid “mal aria”. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Salem cultural council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
The House of the Seven GablesMary Harrod Northend: The Tireless TraditionalistOngoingOngoingCelebrate Salem Women's History Day with an encore by enjoying the encore presentation about Mary Harrod Northend. This talk was originally given at The Gables by Dr. Donna Seger of Salem State University. Our thanks to SATV for making this recording available.
Witch House/Pioneer VillageSalem's Indigenous Women's History LectureSunday, March 2812:00 p.m.The Witch House/Pioneer Village Salem’s Indigenous Women’s History Sunday, March 28 12:00 p.m. 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 House and Pioneer Village websites.
Salem Maritime NHS and Essex HeritageUnsung Heroes: Black Women in Essex CountySunday, March 281:00 - 2:30 p.m.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 rich history of African Americans in this area. There are a wide range of stories and accounts of Black women in these collections and repositories. However, there is no singular Black woman’s story; there is richness and diversity in the lives they lived.

Black women built lives, careers, and families; fought for change; survived and resisted oppression in a myriad of ways; and spoke out boldly for themselves and others. In this virtual presentation, learn about the impetus behind the project, what they have learned, and how local residents, organizations, and institutions can honor the stories of Black women in Essex County.

Presented by Dr. Kabria Baumgartner, Associate Professor of American Studies, Faculty Fellow for Equity and Inclusion at the University of New Hampshire and Dr. Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello, Chair and Professor, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies & Coordinator of American Studies at Salem State University.

This post was written by Julie Arrison-Bishop