The Salem Witch Trials, Danvers State Hospital, and Popular Culture

By October 18, 2023 Events

Wednesday, Oct. 18th, 7pm

The history of the Danvers State Hospital is inextricably linked to the Salem Witch Trials and both have found a place in popular culture, influencing authors such as H.P. Lovecraft and Shirley Jackson, serving as locations for popular films, and inspiring art, architecture, and more. This program explores how the legacy of Danvers State Hospital has been impacted by the very real Salem Witch Trials but also by novels, films, and other pop culture creations.

We are proud to participate in Mass Cultural Council’s Card to Culture program.

Speaker Series every 3rd Wednesday, 7pm.
Including a temporary exhibit of related artifacts from the Society’s collections.
Tapley Memorial Hall 13 Page Street, Danvers MA.
Danvers Historical Society: 978-777-1666 or E-mail to
Donations appreciated.

Katherine M. (Anderson) Benson, MAT, EdS, MFA  is the award-winning author of Hospital Hill and its companion novel, Shadows in the Ward. She is also the author of Behind the Walls, a volume on the history of insane asylums in institutions in New England. Kate is a special education teacher and architectural photographer who leads a lecture series on the history of mental illness and its treatment. She is currently hard at work on a number of asylum projects. She is also the owner of Otherwords Press, an independent publishing imprint representing authors from all over the world. See more about Kate here.