One of the primary goals of The Salem Museum is to be an inspiration to students and a resource for their interests in Salem history. Part of our efforts to make history more available to students is to provide online resources and to provide a place for kids to share their thoughts, images and projects relating to Salem’s past. Currently, we are providing this link to a comprehensive history resource site for teachers. In the near future, we hope to include student work as well.
Working with Salem Schools. Salem Museum Curator Mary-Ellen Smiley will be working with Salem’s schools to develop a powerful partnership to assist in history education in Salem.
“The newly established Salem Museum is dedicated to telling the story of the Salem Community and its people. Our exhibits reflect the many themes and events that have influenced the development of this historically significant seaport town. It is our purpose to share the Salem Museum’s resources with those educators who are required by virtue of Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks to teach local history units to their students. In order to facilitate this, we are developing a series of museum education programs focusing upon key themes of local history. These include early settlement, maritime history, and the Salem witch trials. We invite teachers to contact our Curator of Education directly in order to plan and prepare both in-class and in-museum visits. We look forward to discussing your curriculum needs in person.” — Mary-Ellen L Smiley, Curator of Education
Salem in History “Salem in History: The Science and Art of Learning from Evidence and Materials in History” is a content-based, professional development program open to all elementary, middle and high school teachers of American history in the Salem Public School district. A joint effort of the Salem Public Schools, Salem State College, the Peabody Essex Museum and the National Park Service.