Alyssa G. A. Conary is a historian & writer, a passionate advocate for local history & historic preservation, and a candidate for the MA in History at Salem State University. She graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in classical vocal performance, and received a certification in paralegal studies from St. Petersburg College in 2012. In 2015 she co-founded the Salem Historical Society with a group of museum colleagues, and she currently serves on the organization's Board of Trustees. Alyssa's main areas of historical interest are witchcraft & magic, medieval & early modern England, and colonial New England. She speaks passable French & Italian, enjoys traveling & singing jazz, and is the proud mother of four feline children.