In Celebration of Independence Day, The World of Witches Museum Opens in Salem, Massachusetts

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Witches have received a lot of negative attention over the centuries, but in the 21st Century Witchcraft and Wicca are among the fastest growing faith practices in America. To honor and share this amazing community, a Museum dedicated to the World of Witches opens to the public this weekend in Salem, The Witch City.

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In celebrating this Independence Day weekend we are reminded that our founding fathers fought for our freedom. In honoring this American tradition, on Friday, July 2nd, The World of Witches Museum will officially be opened in Salem, Massachusetts. This will be a unique museum as the focus will be on the history of Witchcraft from a positive point of view. As part of the opening the Mayor of Salem, The Honorable Kim Driscoll will officially cut the ribbon at a noontime ceremony along with members of the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Staff of the Museum, Bewitched in Salem, and many other friends and supporters. This will be a major milestone for the Wiccan and Pagan community as this will be the first time that their history will be shared with mainstream society in such a public way. It is a showcase for the community that is fighting for the right to practice their religion in modern America.

For Witch School, the museum's primary operator, this is an opportunity for a real home for them after a long and difficult journey. One exhibit in a particular, 'Witch School in Hoopeston' carries a very personal and painful reminder of the last several years. The exhibit covers Witch School's move from Chicago to Hoopeston, Illinois which erupted into a protest by the local community. This protest included the town's Mayor, Aldermen, Churches and the local daily paper; all who openly and publically sought to prevent the move. This began a seven year battle that was covered heavily by the local, national, and international news media. In the end it became impossible for Witch School to remain in Central Illinois and this brought them finally to the Witch City, Salem, Massachusetts this year.

The World of Witches Museum is not just about discrimination. It is in fact a celebration of Witches, Wiccans and Pagans. The exhibits will take visitors on a journey that begins with the roots of magic itself, from the earliest human ancestors, and then carries them to the Witchcraft and Wicca movements of the 21st century. It is the first museum to focus primarily on the historical individuals that have made up the community, including Gerald Gardner, Dorothy Clutterbuck, Sybil Leek, Ray Buckland, Oberon and Morning Glory Zell, Selena Fox, Therese Pendragon, Traci Logan-Wood, and many more. For those seeking to understand the World of Witches, the museum is a great place to start their studies.

According to Rev. Don Lewis, Curator of the Museum, "This is an important project, a coming of age for the Witch movement, which allows us to recognize that we do have a history worthy of sharing. Not only will the exhibits be interesting to people visiting here in Salem, but we are also planning to have virtual exhibits that can be viewed world-wide via the internet. We have individuals, groups, and leaders sending us information and items to add to the museum from around the world. While we begin this weekend to honor our community and the right to freely practice our beliefs in the United States and freedom loving countries around the world, we recognize that we have a duty and obligation to respect all those who have made it possible. "

The World of Witches Museum will be open every day, located at 57 Wharf Street, Salem, Mass., on the famous Pickering Wharf. You can visit them on the web at http://www.WorldofWitchesMuseum.com and at http://www.Facebook.com/WorldofWitches .

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