lecture series

The yearly lecture programs is a mix of presentations by members of the Historical Society and local residents based on their own on-going historical research and scholars who will discuss various topics of interest. These lectures are open to Members and the general public.

upcoming events

Book Talk & Signing by Richard Hite: june 27, 2018:  7-8PM


Join us for an evening with historian and archivist, Richard Hite as he discusses his newly released book, In the Shadow of Salem: The Andover Witch Hunt of 1692. Copies will be available for sale and the author will hold a book signing immediately following the short presentation.

  • Members: FREE
  • Non-Members: $5 (pay at door)

Based on extensive primary source research, In the Shadow of Salem: The Andover Witch Hunt of 1692 tells for the first time the fascinating story of this long overlooked phase of the largest witch hunt in American history.

Untangling a net of rivalries and ties between families and neighbors, the author explains the actions of the accusers, the reactions of the accused, and their ultimate fates. In the process, he shows how the Andover arrests prompted a large segment of the town’s population to openly oppose the entire witch hunt and how their actions played a crucial role in finally bringing the 1692 witchcraft crisis to a close.

RICHARD HITE is State Records Coordinator at the Rhode Island State Archives and Public Records Administration. He has a B.A. in history and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.A. in Archival Management from North Carolina State University, and an M.A. in history from Kent State University. He is author of An Ordinary Soldier: Christopher Hite of Bedford, Pennsylvania and the Continental Army and Sustainable Genealogy: Separating Fact from Fiction in Family Legends. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island

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past programs

Here's a sampling of past lectures held by the North Andover Historical Society:

  • Witch Andover, Which Andover?  Hosted by the Andover and North Andover Historical Societies --Local historian, Char Lyons, explored the history and lasting consequences of the Witch Trials and how they shaped Andover as we know it today.  
  • Did you know that Andover Village (what is now Andover and North Andover) was a big part of the Salem Witch Trials? In fact, there were more people accused in Andover Village than in what is now Salem. The North Andover Historical Society hosted a lecture, “Accused and Accusers in the Old Burial Ground,” with archivist Richard Hite, archivist at the Rhode Island State Archives. He presented his research on the witch trial related burials in the Old Burial Ground.  Mr. Hite is currently preparing his book on the Andover phase of these trials for publication within the coming year. 
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margo burns: The Wardwell Family in the 1692 Witch Trials 

revolutionary war re-enactor, bob allegretto