Gordon in the News: last updated 10/24/2008

Gordon College to Host a Night of History In Salem Through Spiritways Production

October 3, 2008

Kristin Schwabauer
Office of College Communications

WENHAM, MA-Gordon College's History Alive! theatre group will perform Spiritways: A Night in Besieged Salem Village, a full immersion historical experience where the audience participates as the actors perform. This historical performance will happen every Saturday in October at Pioneer Village, located in Forest River Park in Salem.

Spiritways allows participants to walk through Pioneer Village at night to understand what it was like to be alive during the late 17th century, giving people an understanding of the superstitions, fears and beliefs during that time. 

"Pioneer Village is the perfect location to understand how people lived in a 17th-century village," said Kristina Stevick, artistic director and codirector of The Institute for Public History. "It makes a wonderful multisensory environment for our show."

History Alive!, Gordon's professional acting branch and part of the College's Theatre Department, takes events that have happened in history and performs them so the audience can experience--and even participate--in the time period firsthand. Students, alumni and full-time actors play a part in these performances.

Spiritways will be performed every Saturday in October at 7:13, 8:13, 9:13, 10:13 and 11:13 p.m. and the cost is $13. Waivers must be signed by all participants; they can be picked up at the gate or downloaded ahead of time at www.gordon.edu/historyalive/productions. Children 18 and under must have a parental signature.

To make a reservation call 978.867.4767; for more information about History Alive!, visit www.gordon.edu/historyalive. If you would like to set up an interview, contact Kristin Schwabauer in the Office of College Communications at 978.867.4037 or .


Gordon College is a Christian college of the liberal arts and sciences on Boston's North Shore. The college offers majors in 37 fields and has graduate programs in education and music education. Leading the way in Christian college merit, Gordon is nationally ranked for its excellence in academics and its role in character building. These achievements recognize Gordon as one of the nation's top Christian colleges.