Jim McAllister, an amateur historian, writer and photographer has forged an eclectic career in Salem. His photographs have appeared on billboards, local publicity materials and dozens of publications.
He is co-author two books about Salem; Salem: Cornerstones of a Historic City and Salem: From Naumkeag to Witch City.
McAllister is also a regular columnist on history topics for the Salem Evening News, under the heading Essex County Chronicles.
He leads tours around Salem regularly as head of Derby Square Tours.
McAllister was honored in 2008 when Essex National Heritage Commission named his Salem's first "Heritage Hero."
He wrote a history of Historic Salem, Inc. in 1994 called A Brief History of Historic Salem Inc., Salem Massachusetts.
Salem: From Naumkeag to Witch City J. McAllister
Salem: Cornerstones of a Historic City ed. J. Flibbert
Derby Square Tours official website
A modern-day heritage hero: Jim McAllister Salem Gazette, May 2008