September 21st, 22nd, 28th, & 29th—Revolutionary Theatre Company presents Macbeth
Paranoia. Power. Witchcraft. The Rebecca Nurse Homestead is proud to partner with The Revolutionary Theatre Company to present Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Macbeth on the Meeting House Stage. Believed to have been written sometime between 1603 and 1607, we are using Shakespeare’s original text to explore themes from the Salem Witchcraft Hysteria that happened almost one hundred years later. A cast of sixteen actors present the tale in our reproduction of the Salem Village Meeting House. Please also join us before the show September 21st for “Scotland to Salem” a round table discussion with Danvers Alarm List Company president Kathryn Rutkowski, Rebecca Nurse House Caretaker Candice Dawes, and Macbeth director Thera Driscoll for further discussion on the Witchcraft Trials, Shakespeare, and our unique venue.
Shows will be at 5pm on Sept. 21st & Sept. 28th & 4pm on Sept. 22nd & Sept 29th. Tickets will be available on Eventbrite and at the door.
September 28th & 29th—Trails & Sails Weekend in partnership with Essex Heritage For more information visit TrailsAndSails.org
- September 28th 10:00am-4:00pm—Atlatl Days The technique of using an atlatl or spear throwing stick is an ancient global technology. Join the Eugene Winter Chapter of Mass Archaeological Society, as they teach you the finer points of hunting a wooly mammoth or wooly rhinoceros in the ancient world! Fun and educational for all ages. Learn about tools that Native Americans in Danvers made and used.
- September 28th & 29th 10:00am-3:00pm—Digging for History Become an archaeologist for the day! The Homestead was at the center of a summer archaeology program, run by the University of Southern Maine and Phillips Andover Academy, teaching students of all ages how to become archaeologists. Now it’s your turn! What will you uncover? On Saturday September 28th as a special addition there will be a demonstration on drone mapping and 3D modeling.
- TRAILS & SAILS events are alaways FREE but to enter the Rebecca Nurse House and other buildings will still apply.
October 19th 3:00pm—Skeletons in the Closet: The Memorialization of George Jacobs Sr. & Rebecca Nurse after the 1692 Witch Trials
Dan Gagnon (Danvers Alarm List Company Board Member and Rebecca Nurse Homestead Tour Guide) will present on his research into how victims of the Salem Village Witch-Hunt were memorialized in the centuries following 1692. He will trace the story of how the Nurse Family and the Danvers community constructed the first memorial to anyone ever executed for witchcraft in the United States, while across town the descendants of Jacobs did not even erect a headstone over his grave. Admission for this lecture is $5 & Tickets will be available at the door
November 16th 10:00am-4:00pm—Annual Historic Holidays Event
This year’s theme and programming is TBD but check out our Facebook and Website for more details.