Captain Joseph White

While Salem, Massachusetts is most remembered for being the setting of the witch trials of 1692-1693 – less known is its role in a more obscure murder/trial – that of Captain Joseph White. An important event in the town’s history, it also led to significant changes in Massachusetts law. At the time of Captain White’s murder in April, 1830, Salem Massachusetts was one of the largest ports in the United States. The town’s maritime trade was booming and had endowed

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Salem Notables

Captain John Bertram – Seafarer, merchant and philanthropist. When writing about Mr. Bertram, Ralph D. Paine, author, concluded he “possessed the high qualities of foresight, daring and sagacity…his was a splendid American spirit.” The Ship and Sailors of Old Salem (1912) Born: February 11, 1796; Jersey, Channel Islands Died: March 22, 1882; Salem, MA Parker Brothers – game makers and businessmen. “After all is said and done, games help the world along.” George Parker Founded: 1883; Salem, MA Became a

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Salem Treasures & Pictures

Check out our NOBLE Digital Heritage page for tons of pictures, maps and digitized local history books!   Portrait of Capt. Bertram, 1796-1882. Oil by Edgar Parker. Courtesy of the Essex Institute, Salem, Mass. Harmony Grove Cemetery – John Bertram Mausoleum #533, Violet Path to Grove Avenue Salem Public Library – Interior Delivery Room – First Floor. 1891 Salem Public Library – Reference Rm – Second Floor. 1891 Salem Public Library – Reading Room – Second Floor. 1891 Salem Public

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Adult Programming – Summer 2017

Please join us for Digital Drop-Ins this Summer! Librarians will be standing by on Friday, June 16th and Friday, August 11th from 2-4pm, to help you with any technological questions you may have. Patrons are encouraged to bring in their devices and chargers. All services are first come, first served and totally FREE!  

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Technology Tutorials

Need some technology training but can’t make it to our workshops? Check here for presentations, slideshows, and notes regarding our Technology Training at the library! Feel free to call the Reference Department with any questions/suggestions regarding past, present, or future classes. We can be reached at (978) 744-0860 or sal@noblenet.org.   Gmail Basics – January-April 2017 (and Gmail Activity Sheet) Google Tools – February 2017 Internet Basics – January-April 2017 Lifelong Learning Tools – January 17, 2017 Microsoft Word – January-April 2017 Computer

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Adult Programming – Winter 2017

Click here for our Summer 2017 Schedule!   It’s time for another season of Adult Programming at the Salem Public Library! We’ve got technology training for adults of all ages and experiences. Call the Reference Dept. for more information – (978) 744-0860.   Digital Drop-Ins Dates Friday, January 6th from 2 – 4pm Friday, January 13th from 2 – 4pm Friday, January 20th from 2 – 4pm Friday, January 27th from 2 – 4pm   Description: Did you receive a

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Salem Community Resources

The following links/sites offer resources for all members of the Salem community. Varying from general to specific, you will find resources for women and children, LGBTQ+ folks, people with disabilities, veterans, immigrants and refugees, and more. For physical copies of these guides, please visit the Salem Public Library Reference Department. For questions or specific phone numbers and addresses, please contact the Reference Department at (978) 744-0860. Salem Community Resource Guide This guide was created by Rosa Melissa Medarano, Yvonne Vissing, Sara

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Adult Programming – Fall/Winter 2016

Click here for our NEW Winter 2017 Class Schedule!     Fall Adult Programming is here! From September to December, our focus will be on Technology. We have classes available for every skill level and all programs are FREE. Some sessions require a reservation – more information is provided below. If you have any questions, please call the Reference Dept. at (978) 744-0860   Ancestry.com Discover your family history and start your family tree. Ancestry.com is home to genealogy records

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Historic Maps

Registry of Deeds Historical Atlases Salem 1874, 1890-1903, 1897, 1906-1938, 1911 Select “searches” from the menu bar to the left. Select “atlases” and choose the desired town from the drop-down menu. Historic Districts Salem Use this map to locate Salem’s historic districts.   Historic Maps of Salem & Surroundings In order of date depicted. Click map for larger image, or visit the link provided below.    

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The Peabody Sisters

The Peabody sisters were central figures in the structure of modern education, founders of the kindergarten movement, and critical members of the Transcendentalism movement. Though each woman’s individual accomplishments were impressive, they were even stronger as a team and strengthened each other all their lives. The sisters were also closely tied to important male figures, supporting and furthering the careers of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Horace Mann, and Henry David Thoreau. The Peabody sisters grew up alongside two brothers and were raised

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