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Explore the role of Spiritualism in 19th century Salem's "Rise" as Witch City w/ Maggi Smith-Dalton@

The story told by Maggi Smith-Dalton in "A History of Spiritualism and the Occult in Salem: The Rise of Witch City," just published by The History Press, is not what you might expect in book about 19th-century Salem, Massachusetts.

PRLog - Sep. 13, 2012 - SALEM, Mass. -- Just Released:
A History of Spiritualism and the Occult in Salem : The Rise of Witch City
by Maggi Smith-Dalton

The History Press (Charleston, S.C.)
ISBN : 9781609495510 
Page Extent : 160 pp. 
Trim Size : 6 x 9
Over 50 images
Published : August 2012 $19.99

Editors: Please note there is no "e" in "Maggi"
Upcoming local events listed at end of press release

Maggi Smith-Dalton is available for interviews and illustrated talks/signings.
Please contact
History Press Publicity representative
Katie Parry
P: 843.577.5971 ext. 113
F: 843.577.6712

Alternatively, those local to Boston may contact the author directly:
Maggi Smith-Dalton
ssm@singingstring.org (preferred)
p: 978-744-4833
f: 978-744-7288
mobile: 978 219 9483

Just Published: "A History of Spiritualism and the Occult in Salem: The Rise of Witch City" by Maggi Smith-Dalton

SALEM, Mass.–The story told by Maggi Smith-Dalton in "A History of Spiritualism and the Occult in Salem: The Rise of Witch City," just published by The History Press, is not what you might expect in book about 19th-century Salem, Massachusetts.

Spiritualism was an important element in 19th-century culture, in America and indeed worldwide. Salem provided fertile ground for the growth of this and other religions, yet, because of its link to witchcraft in the infamous trials of 1692 -- a serious and persistent black mark on the town's reputation -- struggled with anything which might give more fuel to the fire of being linked to occult practices.

Smith-Dalton's book examines this struggle and the elements that went into the gradual evolution of Salem towards what we would recognize as the Salem of today. The popularity of Spiritualism and renewed interest in the occult blossomed out of an attempt to find an intellectual and emotional balance between science and religion.

It also tells a larger story about the way alternative religions such as Spiritualism grew in 19th century America, using Salem, a town that prided itself on its arts, culture, professional class, and love of science, as the connecting thread. In her second book for The History Press, historian Maggi Smith-Dalton delves into Salem’s exotic history, unraveling the beginnings of Spiritualism and the rise of The Witch City.

About the author:

Maggi Smith-Dalton began her singing career in cabarets and nightclubs and has maintained a parallel career as a historian most of her life. With her husband, Jim, she tours nationwide as a concert artist. They are specialists in "19th- & Early 20th-Century Music, History, and Culture From Parlor and Stage" on period & period-appropriate instruments, performed in historically-informed style.

Maggi is also a prizewinning short story writer and has a long history of writing feature articles and columns for magazines and newspapers. Most recently, she wrote a weekly history column for the Boston Globe (boston.com) (2010-12), and continues to freelance for print and online publications.

Maggi holds a master's degree in American Studies, and her current scholarly work focuses on historic civic rituals that incorporate music as a primary element, a subject on which she has presented domestically and abroad.  

Maggi is president of the Institute for Music, History and Cultural Traditions, which runs two public programs: the American History and Music Project and the Salem History Society. In 2010, she was elected to the council of the New England American Studies Association.

"A History of Spiritualism" is her second book with The History Press; "Stories and Shadows from Salem's Past" was published in 2010.  For more information: http://singingstring.org/JM/

She loves to garden and usually can be found muttering to herself as she happily rakes, plants, feeds and waters various living things, including herself. The squirrels, it is rumored, are used to her soliloquies by now, although one wonders what the neighbors think.

Upcoming events (All are open to the Public):

Author signing   

   When: 9/15/12    1 p.m.
   Where: The Spirit of ’76-2 Bookstore
      450 Paradise Road Swampscott, MA 01907
      Tel: 781-581-7676

Author signing at The Boston Book Festival

   When: 10/27/12  Noon to 2 p.m.
   Where: Copley Square
      At The History Press Booth

Author Illustrated Talk/Signing  
   When: 10/28/12  2 p.m.
   Where: Abbott Public Library
      235 Pleasant Street  Marblehead, MA 01945
      (781) 631-1480

More Events TBA

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