Historic Salem, Inc. (HSI) is one of America’s oldest civic architectural preservation groups. It was founded in 1944 to save the Corwin House, known popularly as the Witch House, when it was threatened with demolition. The Corwin House is one of the only buildings extant in Salem with a direct connection to the witch trials of 1692, so it is fitting that it was HSI’s first success story and fitting as well that HSI’s offices are right next door in the Nathaniel Bowditch House. Historic Salem has served for more than six decades as one of Salem’s key architectural/historical resources and advocates. Today, HSI continues to operate as a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to preserving Salem’s rich legacy of historic houses, buildings and other properties.