The World of Witches Museum is run by practicing witches and aims to tell the story of the struggles, history and beliefs of witches from all eras of history from a witch's point of view.
Its curator, Rev Donald Lewis, said:
"What fascinates me and helps me focus my work on the museum is my belief that magic has always been with us, from the earliest days of humanity. This exploration into magic and witchcraft has continued into modern times in many different forms, and is now part of the culture and practices of millions worldwide. This is a story that few people realise even exists, and for many this will be the first time they will be able to see, hear, and talk to witches in an open and non-judgmental way. This is very exciting to me."The Witch School is also being run in conjuction with the museum and recently moved from Illinois to Salem. While based in Salem, it also has an online facility that offers courses, reference material and messageboards.
Rev Don Lewis, who also heads Witch School, said:
"There is a need in our community to share our history as well as our future with the public. Museums are more than just a collection of old items and exhibits; they are living places that share a cultural heritage. In the case of witches and Wiccans, there is a real need to understand our community. It is time to let people know who we are, what we do, what we love, and the struggles we face on a daily basis. If we can help even a few people get a better impression of modern witches and Wiccans, then we will have accomplished something important."If you happen to be in Salem, you can visit the World of Witches Museum and Witch School at 57 Wharf Street, Salem, Massachusetts, open daily. To visit the Witch School online, visit http://www.witchschool.com/
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