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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.
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
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!