Thankyou Kathleen for the wonderful events that took place during the reunion and for your books. It was great to meet so many new cousins. Does anyone have a final count? I heard a couple of times that it was over 300. I stayed five days beyond the reunion and discovered (for myself anyway) some interesting things. At the Witchcraft Dungeon Museum there is a board set in the wall from the original building where the condemned were kept. Women who touch it have good luck, men who touch it don’t. We were told that river rats tunneled in and that when the river rose, water was ankle deep in the room. In the lobby of the Phillips Library there are two paintings, one is labeled “Examination of a Witch”, painted in 1853 by Tomkins Matteson. Not sure if both are by the same individual, the theme is the same. In the Visitors Center there are two displays, one showing a map and cards listing those who were executed and where they were from. The other display talked of the “Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice”, it came about because the the witchcraft trials. There is information about it on-line. I hope others got to see these things too, it added so much to my store of information.
This entire trip has been most extraordinary, i will never forget it.