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Finding and sharing the inspiring stories of the women who helped build today's Salem

Services Include


Guided Walking

or Bus Tours





Women's history is just not being taught in the classroom. And if we lose our history, we lose ourselves. Girls and boys, women and men, should have the opportunity to be inspired by ALL of our history.

About The Salem Women's Heritage Trail

In 2000, a group of scholars, librarians, educators, and museum professionals decided

to create a walking trail of women’s history sites in Salem, Massachusetts. While Salem

is known the world over for the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, we knew there were more

stories to tell about women in Salem. And we knew that Salem is eminently walkable.

Led by local author, speaker, and former director of the Boston Women's Heritage Trail

Bonnie Hurd Smith, we placed stories about the project in the Salem News, distributed

flyers asking for nominations, and held public meetings to solicit all of the ideas and

information we could. It was a rewarding process!

At the same time, the executive director of the Salem Chamber of Commerce,

Ellen DiGeronimo, approached the women's committee she had formed (and

named the Caroline Emmerton Committee) to raise funds for the project. Each

member made a donation, and they held fundraising events and made private


The result of all of this work was a self-guided book that is available for sale

locally and online, as well as a website, walking tours, talks, and the ability to

serve as a resource and a repository of information — because we  are always

learning more!

This site provides a way for all of us to learn more about Salem women’s history

even if you can't be here in person. Except that you really must visit our beautiful

old port City!

Is there someone you know about who should be included? Let us know!