Salem witch trials topic of Oct. 19 program

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By Caroline Rosacker

Discover the real story behind the Salem Witch Trials when historian Kathy Wilson presents The Devil Has My Consent: The Real Story Behind the Salem Witch Trials 1692-1693.

Wilson's presentation is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Guttenberg Municipal Building auditorium in conjunction with Ghoul's Night Out. The Guttenberg Public Library Foundation is sponsoring the program.

In 1692 more than 200 people were accused of witchcraft in Salem, Mass.; 20 were executed – but why? What happened to create such hysteria? Were the accusers possessed? Experiencing delusions caused by eating spoiled grain? Were evil forces really at work in Salem? If so, why did they target the people of Massachusetts Bay? The explanation of the events leading up to the trials and the motives of the key players may surprise you. 

Kathy Wilson, B.A., M.A., is a professional historian and educator. She earned her BA in History from Bemidji State University in Minnesota, before traveling to England where she completed her Masters at the University of York. She is a former PhD candidate at the University of Iowa and specializes in 18th and 19th-century British-American cultural history.

As a professional historian with a background in academic and public history, and cultural resource management, Wilson produces solid historical narratives, in a variety of classroom and public settings. She believes learning about the past can be fun as well as interesting. To prove that point, she draws on more than 20 years of experience to create programs that engage and entertain as well as educate her audiences. 

For additional information call (563) 252-3108.

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