Tales of Witches and Witchcraft During the American War of Independence
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Join Bob Selig for this revealing talk on the medieval origins of these beliefs and their historical context in the War of Independence.
Dogs that would not bark, horses that would not walk, women who turned into animals at night: the believe in the existence of witches and witchcraft was widespread during the second half of the eighteenth century. Sometimes these powers were employed in the cause of American Independence, sometimes against it. Decades later veterans would record these super-natural occurrences in their pension applications or tell them to people collecting oral history accounts and traditions of the war. The program is based on pension applications and accounts found in oral history collections such as the Asa Fitch Papers, the McDonald Papers, and the Draper Collection.
The program will take place inside the Visitor Center. Seating is limited