Free with Museum Admission
Recommended for ages 9–12 and their adults
As Halloween approaches, explore the history of one of the holiday’s most sinister symbols: witches. What’s the truth behind the witch panic that led to more than a dozen deaths in a small town in colonial Massachusetts? You’ll find out as you read this beautifully illustrated work of non-fiction by acclaimed author-illustrator Rosalyn Schanzer. Schanzer will join us via Skype and then families will head to our library to explore witchcraft-related treasures from our collection—rarely on view to the public!
In 1692 in Salem, MA, two girls became suddenly and mysteriously ill. Town officials declared their strange fits and groans could only have one cause: witchcraft! Just six months later, 14 women and five men were hanged as witches, shaking their small town to its core. Hundreds of years later, historians have discovered a fascinating tale of corruption and hysteria that led to the deaths of these so-called witches. Find out the true story in Rosalyn Schanzer’s multi-award winning book exploring the colorful cast of characters in this all-too-real historical tragedy. Readers will be engrossed as much by the text as the book’s gorgeous, even magical, illustrations that truly bring colonial Salem to life.
About the Reading into History Family Book Club
Every month families read a historical fiction or nonfiction book together at home and then attend a Book Wrap event, where they share reactions to the book, see cool museum artifacts and documents related to the story, and meet other history detectives and special guests! Past special guests have included authors Walter Dean Myers, Avi, Laurie Halse Anderson, and Jewell Parker Rhodes, plus museum curators, historians, and other experts.