These short stories about Salem events, people, and history are written by Salem historian, lecturer, and historical tour guide, Jim McAllister


Frank W Benson – Artist

Rev. William Bentley – Diarist

John Bertram – Philanthropist

Nathaniel Bowditch – Scientist

Enos Briggs – Master Shipbuilder

Roger Conant – Salem’s Founder

Patrick Gilmore – and the Salem Brass Band

Dr. Edward A. Holyoke – Physician & Scientist

Philip Little – Artist

Samuel McIntire – Architect & Carver

Jean Missud – Beloved Band Leader

‘Lizzie’ Peabody – and Nathaniel Hawthorne


Along the Shore – Salem Harbor

Salem Athenaeum – Private Library

Baker’s Island – Home of Ma and Pa Baker

East India Marine Hall – Dedicated 1825

Gathering Places – Assembly Halls

The Grimshawe House – and Elizabeth Peabody

Hamilton Hall – 1805

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Neighborhood 

Pioneer Village – First Living History Museum

Notable Structures – Salem Architecture

Old Salem News Building – Washington Street Fixture

Salem Willows – A Trip to the Willows


Extreme Weather 

Charter Street – A Course thru Times Past

Salem Garden Club 

Historic Salem, Inc. – Historic Preservation

July 4th, 1926 Celebration – Salem’s 300th Anniversary

Mobile Homes – Moving Historic Houses

Of Lectures and Lyceums – The Salem Lyceum Society

The Ups and Downs of Saving Buildings 

VIPs Visit Salem 

Winters to Remember