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October 2018

St. Andrews Cross

Deliver Us from Evil: Counter-magic in Early New England

October 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Emerson W. Baker of the Salem State University History Department will talk about why folk magic was far more common in colonial New England than most of us realize.  Daisy wheel marks, witch bottles, well-worn shoes by fireplaces or a horseshoe over a doorway are examples of the counter-magic employed to protect homes and families from evil. They are also evidence that New Englanders dabbled in magic, and feared witches and supernatural forces long after the Salem witch trials ended.…

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November 2018

Famous First Lines

November 3 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

"Halfway down a by-street of one of our New England towns stands a rusty wooden house, with seven acutely peaked gables, facing towards various points of the compass, and a huge, clustered chimney in the midst." Nathaniel Hawthorne had hoped to finish The House of the Seven Gables by November, but, like many writers even today, finishing a novel on deadline can be difficult. The Witch City Writers challenges you to a speed writing event using the famous first line of…

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Inventing Santa Claus: The Mystery of Who Really Wrote the Most Celebrated Yuletide Poem of All Time

November 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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Join author Carlo DeVito for a holiday-themed lecture about the literary legacy of Santa Claus including a discussion about the controversy of the two men who wrote The Night Before Christmas, the influence of Charles Dickens and Washington Irving, and even connections to Mark Twain and Jane Austen. A book signing will follow in the Museum Store. Be sure to stop by the Christmas in Salem table for information about the holiday house tour or to get your tickets for…

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