The Salem Lyceum, 43 Church St., Salem

In 1830 the Salem Lyceum was organized as a cultural institution which featured lectures on topics ranging from Salem witchcraft to phrenology. In 1831 a hall was built on Church Street, and Margaret Moore in The Salem World of Nathaniel Hawthorne, says that according to the October 6, 1838 issue of the Observer, " the Lyceum was called 'the theatre of New England'" (155). Although Hawthorne never lectured here, he did serve as corresponding secretary in 1848-49 and invited speakers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Horace Mann. The building still stands on Church street, but today it houses a restaurant.
(photography by Lou Procopio) close window