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Richard Hite's "Book Club" for "In the Shadow of Salem"

  • North Andover Historical Society 153 Academy Road North Andover, MA, 01845 United States (map)
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Join author, Richard Hite for a discussion of his book, In the Shadow of Salem. Richard returns to lead a "book club" style discussion and participants are encouraged to read the book before hand.

Books are available from the author, at the Society's shop and on Amazon.

Members free; nonmembers $5

Limited seating, reservations a must to

Join us for an evening with historian and archivist, Richard Hite as he discusses In the Shadow of Salem: The Andover Witch Hunt of 1692.


  • 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