DARIEN — In Salem, Mass., the town emblem is naturally a witch, emblazoned even on the cars of local police officers. However, the whimsical logo is a nod to a dark part of the town’s history, where hundreds of people were accused of practicing witchcraft, leading to the death of some deemed guilty.
Leslie Lindenauer, a professor of history at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, is planning on delving into the history of the trials, along with the witch trials from Hartford and Stamford, at a talk at the Darien Historical Society on Wednesday. Lindenauer has a background in public history and previously worked as a public historian and museum educator. She said what draws her to the witch trials is the way we now tell the stories of what happened.