“The devil came to me and bid me serve him.” These words of confession sparked the infamous Salem Witch Trials, igniting a series of accusations, interrogations, and executions in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1692-93. In this class, we will dive deep into the past to explore why these trials occurred and how they unfolded. This class will also contemplate how the story of Salem has been retold in different forms throughout American history and consider the portrayal of witches in pop culture today.
Attendees will be provided with a bibliography for further reading and research, including information on online databases and archives accessible to the general public.
Please note: The cost of this class not only includes all of your class supplies but also one happy hour drink, or a non-alcoholic drink, of your choice. Drinks and mingling will take place from 6:30pm-7:00 pm and the class itself will run from 7:00pm-8:00 pm.
Class location: Class will take place at Nox located at 302 Goodman St N, Rochester, NY 14607. Click here for directions.
About the teacher:
Maya Rook is a historian, artist, and writer living in Rochester, NY. She holds an MA in American History from the University at Albany and specializes in the dark, often absurd, aspects of history. As a college instructor and public speaker, Maya strives to blend critical insight with humor and empathy in her investigations of the past. She is the direct descendant of a confessed witch from the Salem witch trials.
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