Spirit Photography: A lecture on eerie Victorian photo trends at The Gables

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SALEM — The tug of war between science and culture has deep roots. Back in the 1800s, before the general public understood how photography worked, sympathetic photographers and clever charlatans produced manipulated images of the deceased mysteriously hovering near their loved ones. Called spirit photography, these eerie images nonetheless brought comfort to the bereaved.  On [….]

Seven Lectures at Seven Gables: Early Irish influence on baseball changed the game

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SALEM — There was a time, early in the 19th century, when baseball was a gentlemanly game played by the upper class. Things changed when second-generation Irish immigrants took an interest.  “The Irish had a huge influence on the development of early American baseball,” says Brian Sheehy, history teacher, and sports scholar. “Without the Irish, baseball [….]