Four centuries of Salem’s history came alive on the first weekend in May at Salem’s Old Townhall a landmark building constructed in 1816. Gordon College’s Institute for Public History conducted a History Festival, with performing artists in period dress providing visitors with intimate insights into the life of the city’s people past, through dance, song, food, conversation, theater, games and crafts. They even filmed interviews seeking the memories of Salem’s older residents.
The Institute has responsibility for the care and use of the building and was selected among 25 contestants to compete through online voting at www.partnersinpreservation.com/boston for a $100,000 prize for use in maintaining the beautiful Federal style building. With four days to go, Salem Old Town Hall is in second place by a margin of 3%.