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"Examination of a Witch" (1853) bu Tompkins Harrison Matteson. (Courtesy Peabody Essex Museum)
"Examination of a Witch" (1853) bu Tompkins Harrison Matteson. (Courtesy Peabody Essex Museum)

When you hear the word 'witch' - what comes to mind?

Maybe it's a pointy hat, broomstick, bubbling cauldron or a book of spells.

Maybe it's a mortifying chapter in our region's history, one steeped in fear-mongering and death.

Those are certainly what we've grown accustomed to in our movies and history books, but a new exhibit at Salem's Peabody Essex Museum aims to introduce us to today's witches, sans broomsticks, while also confronting the dungeons and hanging trees of our our own storied past.

The collection, called "The Salem Witch Trials: Reckoning and Reclaiming" is now open. Associate curator Lydia Gordon, and photographer Frances Denny, who's photos of modern day witches are featured, join us to talk about the collection.

This segment aired on October 20, 2021.

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