Friday, September 14, 2012

Famous face in crowd at witch trials event

The Salem News

SALEM — She wore a blue-flowered jacket and blue pants and blended with the crowd.
She came Sunday for the rededication of the Salem Witch Trials Memorial and was barely noticed among the more than 400 people who crowded around the stone memorial next to the Charter Street cemetery.
She quietly took her place on one of the 250 seats set up for those with a direct connection to the witch hysteria of 1692.
Joan Bennett Kennedy, former wife of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, was just a face in the crowd.
She came almost by accident. At a party this summer in Danvers at the home of her friend, philanthropist
John Archer, Kennedy met Jane Dwyer, a member of the Salem Award Foundation, the group that oversees the memorial. The two got talking.
“I’m actually related to two of the (victims),” said Kennedy, a descendant of victims
Mary Easty and John Proctor.
On Sunday, Kennedy took part in a small ceremony during the rededication, walking along with 19 other descendants to the stone memorial, carrying a small bouquet of rosemary, tied with a purple ribbon.
One among many.
Photo honor
Local fine arts and lifestyle photographer Pamela Joye was all smiles after one of her photos was selected for an exhibition at the prestigious PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vt.
This is a juried competition, and one of the jurors was Frank H. Goodyear III, associate curator of photography at The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Not bad.
PR from NPR
Know Atom, a curriculum development company based here in Salem, was featured the other day on NPR’s “Morning Edition.”
The company creates science, engineering and technology curriculums for elementary and middle schools. Its founder and CEO, Francis Vigeant, ran for School Committee a year ago.
Hats off
The new PEM exhibit on hats is certainly drawing attention.
“CBS Sunday Morning,” one of the longest-running and best TV shows, was here to film a segment a few days ago. Among those interviewed was museum chief curator Lynda Roscoe Hartigan.
This is the same show that came here in 2003 for the opening of Yin Yu Tang, the 200-year-old Chinese house.
The piece on hats will be reported by CBS correspondent Martha Teichner, a regular on the Sunday morning show.
Want a little trivia on Teichner? About 40 years ago, she was a historic house tour guide at what was then the Peabody Museum.
No air date yet.

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