Why the Salem Witch Hunt Still Matters Today

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The Campbell Museums welcomes Historian and Author Tony Fels to discuss, "Why the Salem Witch Hunt Still Matters Today."

The Salem witch hunt (June 1692-May 1693) is a chapter of American History that has endured centuries later. The series of investigations and persecutions led to the death sentences of 19 convicted witches and hundreds of others to be imprisoned in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The historical legacy has been written about in popular culture, such as Arthur Miller's, "The Crucible" and studied continuously since its happenings. The witch hunts continue to be historically relevant and we can learn from the past about the dangers of persecution, intolerance, and bigotry. Join Tony Fels, historian, author, and Professor Emeritus of History from the University of San Francisco as he discusses Why the Salem Witch Hunt Still Matters Today.

This is an online event held over Zoom video conference. $10 for general public / Free for museum members.

About Tony Fels

Anthony D. (Tony) Fels, Professor Emeritus of History, is a social and religious historian of the United States. At USF he taught US history, historical methods, US religious history, US racial and ethnic history, Native American history, American Revolution, Civil War and Reconstruction, and the Gilded Age. He chaired the History Department in 1997-2000 and 2003-2006, retiring from teaching in 2018. His book on the Salem witch hunt came out in 2018, and he has recently returned to the subject of his doctoral dissertation: the place of Freemasonry in American religious history.


  • PhD, History, Stanford University, 1987
  • MA, History, Stanford University, 1979
  • BA, History, Cornell University, 1971

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