Join the Essex National Heritage Commission and Town Archivist Richard Trask on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Danvers Archival Center at the Peabody Institute Library thie Saturday.
The Danvers Archival Center offers a diverse collection of artifacts relating spanning the history of Danvers from the 17th century - when it was known as Salem Village - to the present day. It was the first of its kind to bring together such a large collection of public and private records of a single community for purposes of preservation and accessibility to researchers.
Participants will learn about the history of Danvers, including its role in the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, on a communal, regional and national scale through historic materials and the vast historical knowledge of Trask, who had two ancestors hanged as witches during the hysteria of witch hunt era.
The event is open to the public, but space is limited and reservations are required. The cost is $7 for Essex Heritage members and $10 for non-members. Interested parties should RSVP by Friday, Nov. 2, with payment. Reserve a spot online at www.essexheritage.org/membership.
For more information on the Danvers Archival Center, visit its web page on the official site of the Peabody Institute Library.
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