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Popular culture has expended an extraordinary amount of time and resources studying and popularizing the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. As a result, many people believe that the events in Salem were the first and only witch trials to occur in the New World. Contrary to their beliefs, Connecticut experienced a series of witchcraft accusations and trials during the three decades preceding Salem.
Join Patrick Cumpstone, historian, for his lecture "Connecticut Witchcraft: Witch-Speak and Social Unrest in 17th Century Connecticut." The lecture is based on Cumpstone's 2016 publication with Picton Press, and brings to the light the earliest witch trials to take place in New England. While the goal of the lecture is to bring the Connecticut Witch Trials to the forefront of witchcraft lore, it is also to educate citizens on the reasons why communities accused the women that they did of being witches, leaving with a better understanding of the cultural constructs of early Connecticut.