October 18, 2002

Witches, Women and the Day of the Dead:

The Historical Reasons for Tricking, Treating, and Celebrating

GOLDEN HILL — “Witches, Women, and the Day of the Dead: The Historical Reasons for Tricking, Treating, and Celebrating,” a lecture and presentation on reasons why witchcraft accusations focused on women in Europe and in the American Puritan colonies. The presentation will be given on Sunday, October 20, 2002 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, October 30, 2002 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Women’s History Reclamation Project (WHRP), San Diego’s only Museum of Women’s History. The WHRP is located at 2323 Broadway in Suite 107 (at the corner of 23rd & Broadway in Golden Hill). Entrance is on 23rd Street. This event is OPEN to the PUBLIC. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. $5 donation requested for non-WHRP members, and $3 for students. Members Free. For more information, please call (619) 233-7963 or email info@WHRP.net.

About the Presentation:

Learn why witchcraft accusations focused on women in Europe and in the American Puritan Colonies Church, state, and community cooperated in the torture and execution of thousands of women and led to the eradication of the woman-based power of mid-wives, female elders, and healers. The presentation will inlcude a brief lecture on the reasons behind the witchcraft hysteria of 1692, and a showing of the film, “The Burning Times,” (Film Board of Canada, 1990) a beautifully crafted tribute to the value and strength of women and an analysis of the European witch hunts from the 15th through the 17th centuries. Our featured speaker will be Susan Gonda, Ph.D., of the History Dept., Grossmont College, and Board President of the WHRP.

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