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Witchcraft and Witch Persecution in Early New England - Virtual Lecture

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Guest Presenter: Dr. Leslie Lindenauer, WCSU - Hosted by Norwalk Historical Society

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A most unique Women's History Month lecture.

Join the Norwalk Historical Society for the virtual lecture, "'Giving Entertainment to Satan': Witchcraft and Witch Persecution in Early New England", with guest presenter Dr. Leslie Lindenauer of Western CT State University.

Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 5:30pm (Eastern Time) via Zoom

Mention Salem Massachusetts and most people will make an immediate connection to the witch trials of 1692, when the courts sentenced 19 people to hang for the crime of witchcraft, and tortured a 20th to death. Salem unofficially calls itself “The Witch City.” Less known is that dozens and perhaps hundreds of people were tried for witchcraft in New England beginning over four decades before the events in Salem. At least sixteen people were executed for the crime, most of them women. This lecture will explore witchcraft and witch-hunting in New England in the seventeenth century, with special attention to the role that gender played in accusations and trials, and in Puritan culture in general. Q & A will follow the lecture.

Tickets: $5.00 per household. The Zoom link will be included at the bottom of your confirmation email under Additional Details. Zoom link will also be emailed to you 24 hours and 1 hour before the event. You can also access the Zoom link in this event's Online Event Page on Eventbrite.

About the Presenter: Leslie Lindenauer is a Professor in the Department of History and Non-Western Cultures at Western Connecticut State University, where she teaches courses in early American history, gender studies, public history, and American Studies. Her book I Could Not Call Her Mother: The Stepmother in American Popular Culture, 1750-1960 was published by Lexington Books in 2014. Before her career in academe, Leslie worked for a couple of decades as an educator and administrator at a number of history museums in the Northeast.

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