When I was in the sixth grade, I became somewhat obsessed with the Salem Witch Trials. I don’t remember what got me started, but I know that I worked my way through the books in my school library, and then used my dad’s alumni library card at (what is now) Binghamton University* so I could get better books — the ones with transcripts of primary source documents. Because as an 11 year old I thought I could understand 17th century trial records?
I’m sure I thought I could (and did), but in hindsight… well, I think it’s kind of adorably nerdy that I tried. Continue reading