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Led by an Evil Spirit: Lesser-Known Witches of New England


January 28, 2024, 2:00 pm
March 27, 2024, 8:00 pm
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2024 Winter Lecture Series

All lectures are free of charge and will be presented virtually via Zoom webinar.

Outside of the well-known witchcraft outbreak at Salem and Essex County in 1692, there were other cases that resulted in trials of people suspected of covenanting with the Devil in order to harm their neighbors. These crises reveal fascinating details about community life in seventeenth-century New England towns and the fears and recriminations that sometimes resulted in the executions of those deemed to be servants of Satan. 

Speakers and Dates:

Sunday, January 28, 2 p.m.

Malcolm Gaskill, Professor Emeritus of History, University of East Anglia

Topic: The Springfield witchcraft outbreak of 1651


Sunday, February 25, 2 p.m.

Paul B. Moyer, Professor of History, SUNY Brockport

Topic: The Hartford witchcraft outbreak of 1662


Sunday, March 24, 2 p.m.

Emily C.K. Romeo, Assistant Professor of History at Northern Michigan University

Topic: Witchcraft and women’s violence in colonial New England