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Witch Hunts should under no circumstances be exploited as a political tool.

We have all gave witness to the claiming that this thing or that is the most illustrious witch hunts this country has ever testified too. During the Salem 1692 witch hysteria masses of men, women, children (and animals) actually were tortured and/or died. It is the belief of the Witch House, located at 3101/2 Essex Street in Salem, MA that everyone should take their tone down. “There has been terrifying happening through out history and these times do not even come close.”

The Witch House’s mission is that as the only structure still remaining from 1692, it has a great responsibility to the community. It must define (and show) visitors why and how this tragic hysteria came about. Engaging tourists in the era is a major theme as you travel the house. There have been many theories put forth on how 1692 occurred–from moldy bread to vengeful neighbor.

Its vision is to strengthen the enlightenment of its audience as to how we must never approve of such an episode to ever befall us again By whispering that everything is a witch hunt then if an actual hysteria is met again no one will proffer proper attention.


Jonathan Corwin acquired the Salem residence in 1675. He and his wife raised three children (plus two from her previous marriage) in this small mansion of Essex Street. Could living in such closeness have contribute to the hysteria? Corwin also presided over the torturing and death of Giles Corey, the spirit some say still troubles the city today.

Originally the house had been established for Richard Davenport. Arriving on the North Shore of Salem in 1628 aboard the Abigail he soon became immersed in the politics of the time. 

Since the 1690’s the Witch House has gone through many modifications, including being utilized as a drug store. The house, now a historical museum where residents and tourist can view and learn from the past. They come away asking themselves whether this chapter in our history could have been avoided? Could a unvarnished witch hunt ever happen again?

We, at the Witch House are announcing the program “Remembering the 1692 Witch Hysteria.” Through the proposed platform the staff of the Witch House wishes to bestow proper acknowledgement to the victims of this sad incident in our history. It will note the term, “witch hunt” should be given some great reflections before ever being uttered. 

“Remember the 1692 Witch Hysteria” will generate advertisements to be delivered and imparted to residents of Salem as well as historians concerned with colonial and pre-colonial history. It will also host a 1692 Witch Hysteria symposium. Finally it will, in conjuncture with the city of Salem present a gala at the famed Hawthorn Hotel.

The result of the campaign will bring awareness  that history is not something regulated to the past. As far as the Witch House is concerned, it stands an authentic place connected to the past. To walk its halls is to realize the this unhappy episode did befall a community and is not simply some fable from the past.

The  campaign is estimated to cost approximately $275,000; which includes staff, advertising, the symposium and the gala.  The latter will exhaust the greatest amount of the financing with $125,000 going to the symposium and the gala. The monies will be collected through donations. raffles, silent auctions, etc. The publication for the event will take place a year in advance with the gala thus concluding this grand and meaningful campaign