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Maggi Smith-Dalton
  • Salem, Massachusetts
  • United States
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News of Interest to Those Interested in History

A kind of general "history bulletin board" for notices and news items for those interested in history, period.Professional trends, new scholarship undertaken, the occasional oddity, etc. Please ALWAYS include attribution: your sources, urls, etcSee More
Jan 22, 2015
Maggi Smith-Dalton posted a discussion

"A History of Spiritualism and the Occult in Salem: The Rise of Witch City"

Someone asked me what the book is about....Didn't want to take up too much space here, just a modest announcement  was my original thought. But people  have been expressing interest in hearing more about the book (much to my pleased surprise) so I'm really delighted to add some info:Spiritualism was an important element in 19th-century culture, in America and indeed worldwide. Salem provided fertile ground for the growth of this and other religions, yet, because of its link to witchcraft in the…See More
Aug 1, 2012
Maggi Smith-Dalton replied to the discussion 'Maggi Smith-Dalton's newest Book to be released this fall (2012)'
"Thanks, H.C.! BTW, many good wishes and much positive energy sent your way for your new adventures. We're sorry to lose you here, but trust good things are in store whereever you're going! Blessings, Heather, and thanks for all your great…"
Aug 1, 2012
Maggi Smith-Dalton posted a discussion

Maggi Smith-Dalton's newest Book to be released this fall (2012)

A History of Spiritualism and the Occult in Salem: The Rise of Witch CityForthcoming, Fall 2012See More
Jul 28, 2012
Maggi Smith-Dalton posted a discussion

Jim Dalton and Maggi Smith-Dalton: 2 new 19th century music recordings released!

Both new albums are now up on Itunes! Search by Jim Dalton and Maggi Smith-Dalton or by either of our names and you'll find us. If you search for my name, you'll also be able to access my book, Stories and Shadows From Salem's Past, in ebook format! Feels dang good, I can tell yah. And work on my second book for The History Press is proceeding at a rapid clip; publication later this year! It's been a great couple of years.All this stuff's on our website:…See More
Mar 6, 2012
Maggi Smith-Dalton posted a status
"SHS President Maggi Smith-Dalton has just been elected to a 2-yr term on the Council of the New England American Studies Assoc."
Dec 27, 2011
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Salem & Essex County, MA

This is the discussion forum ("The Common") for The Salem History Society, founded 2007.Open to anyone, anywhere, interested in Salem, Massachusetts and Essex County history.See More
Oct 9, 2011
Marilyn Richardson left a comment for 'Maggi Smith-Dalton'
"Great. Many thanks."
Jul 30, 2011

Profile Information

Where Do You Consider Your "Hometown"?
Salem & Boston (but still love Hartford, Ct.!)
What is your interest in the Mass. Studies Network?
-Musician/Historian: "Understanding History Thru Music"™ programs

-President, Institute for Music, History, and Cultural Traditions, Inc. (a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization)

Co-Founder, Artistic Director, The American History and Music Festival ™

-Founding President, Salem History Society

-Main Writer/History Columnist, coordinating editor,
Your Town Salem "History Time"

Former history columnist, feature writer, Salem Gazette

-Performer, Author, Educator, Artist

New England States Touring (NEST) artists

Massachusetts Cultural Council Creative Teaching Partners artists
About Me:
Jim & Maggi Dalton Singing String Music

Concerts, Workshops & Residencies

Understanding History Thru Music ™

Specialists in 19th- & Early 20th-Century Music
From Parlor & Stage
American & Celtic Traditions

Period & Period-Appropriate Instruments Historically-Informed Performance

Specialists in 19th & 20th-century music, history, culture from parlor and stage.

Jim and Maggi Dalton perform music of popular/vernacular, folk & cultivated traditions --time periods from the Middle Ages to the present
--focusing largely on American & Celtic repertoire.

Concerts & programs contain commentary designed to place the music performed in historical context for the audience.

Programs reflect the continual and ongoing research in which the two delight.

Original songs & compositions

Two recordings to date (more to come in 2009-10)

New England States Touring (NEST) artists

Massachusetts Cultural Council Creative Teaching Partners artists

Full spectrum of programs presented nationwide. Featured often on radio & television.

(PBS, ABC, NBC, CBS affiliates, Cable Networks; NPR stations,NewsRadio, interview programs across the USA, feature stories in major newspapers and magazines)

Performances at nationally-known venues (i.e., Colonial Williamsburg, Seneca Falls, Harriet Beecher Stowe House)& countless local and regional venues nationwide.

Served as artists-in-residence at various colleges, public history sites, community and educational centers,

presenting series addressing American history & other topics in the humanities, using music as the core of each session.

Co-authors (first in a series): The Measure of the Year - Singing Through the Seasons.

Founders and co-directors of Institute for Music, History, & Cultural Traditions (IMHCT.ORG)
(501 (c)(3) scholarly non-profit organization)


Founders, Directors
Salem History Society, Salem, Mass.

Individual Bios

Maggi Smith-Dalton

Singer, musician, independent scholar, author, educator

Soloist: choirs and choruses here & abroad, --acted/sung in professional theater productions --produced/participated/performed in radio &television projects & programs.

Frequent guest lecturer: integration of humanities & the arts; folklore; American music & history, more

Lecture/performance programs, college level (i.e., The New England Conservatory, The Boston Conservatory)

Numerous professional-development courses for educators, all grade levels.

Co-Founder/ President, Institute for Music, History, and Cultural Traditions, Inc.; Co-Owner, Singing String Music; Founding Pres., Salem History Society, Co-founder/artistic director of the American History and Music Project™

Eleven years of work in cabaret, musical theater, nightclub singing

More than two decades concert performance nationwide & abroad, in partnership with her husband, & soloist with choirs & in concert.

Published author, three books; ABC-CLIO music encyclopedia articles
Authored a prize-winning short story

Writes often for newspapers & magazines (history and cultural/arts/educational); history columnist, Boston Globe (; Salem Gazette, others

Mainstream media work included
--producing a cable TV series
--programming/hosting musical theater, arts interview, & classical music shows for NPR public radio, commercial, community stations.

Former Chairperson of the Haverhill Cultural Council

--Musical Theater Director at Hill House (community Arts Center) in Boston's Beacon Hill
--Director of "Adventures in Art," a summer arts program
--Director of children's choirs, musical theater projects

Background in teaching multiply-handicapped children, continues interest in/study of music therapy.

See linkedin profile


Jim Dalton

Multi-instrumentalist; educator, conductor & award-winning composer &arranger.

Specializes in historical & ethnic playing styles on a variety of plucked string instruments including guitar, mandolin, banjo, mandocello, Renaissance lute, bouzouki etc. He also plays piano, organ, recorder and tin whistle.

In addition to duo performances with Maggi Smith-Dalton, maintains active career in chamber music ensembles, jazz & world music groups & in opera/theater and symphony orchestras. Member of the New England Mandolin Ensemble.

Compositions performed across the U.S. & Canada & in Europe. Choral composition, "The Rocky Road to Dublin," won first prize in the 1997 Toronto Camerata Competition. Two pieces for carillon have been published in anthologies by Fenwick Parva and the Friends of the Albany Carillon. Composition for solo mandolin, "Gifts of the Bard," published by Wolfhead Music.

Works are available through these publishers and Singing String Music Publications.

Faculty of The Boston Conservatory -- music theory, ear training and world music courses for both the Music Theory and Music Education Departments.

Articles for Blues Revue Magazine and is the author of Mandolin for Beginners, published by Workshop Arts, Inc./Alfred Publishing. Frequent guest lecturer on topics such as composition, choral arranging & Irish traditional music.

2004-2005 year received MACRO research grant (Univ. of Wisconsin) to study and analyze palindromic compositions in concert music repertoire and presented this work at the 2005 Macro Musician's Workshop in Madison, WI. Co-authored, with his wife, The Measure of the Year - Singing Through the Seasons.

Private studio in Salem, Massachusetts (Singing String Music).
Your Website:
Another website or blog?
Your Organization:
"Understanding History Thru Music"™ programs

-President, Institute for Music, History, and Cultural Traditions, Inc. (a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization

Co-Founder, Artistic Director, The American History and Music Project™

-Founding President, Salem History Society

-Main Writer/History Columnist, coordinating editor,
Your Town Salem "History Time"

Former history columnist, feature writer, Salem Gazette

-Performer, Author, Educator, Artist
Your Title:
See above
Another Organization?
please see above
Major areas of interest
Archaeology, Archives, Arts, Community Life, Cultural Heritage, Education (college/university), Education (K-12), Environment, Ethics, Ethnic Studies, History, Jurisprudence, Languages & Linguistics, Literature, Local Studies, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Visual Arts
Other areas of interest not listed above?

public history issues, challenges, ethics, and ideas

Some Salem Scenes...

Maggi Smith-Dalton's Journal

We've been selected for the Massachusetts Cultural Council Creative Teaching Partners roster

Jim and Maggi are proud to announce that they have been appointed by a panel of expert artists/educators to the Massachusetts Cultural Council Creative Teaching Partners roster.

Our specialty category is "Professional Development." Inclusion on this roster assures schools applying for our services through the MCC's Creative Schools Program will automatically receive the maximum score for artist quality, giving them "a competitive edge in this grant application process."

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Posted on March 17, 2009 at 12:20 — 2 Comments



And a President we can again be proud of ...

"...every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature..."



Maggi & Jim Dalton

(who got way too little sleep last night ... but what a glorious reason we had for that!)

Understanding History Thru… Continue

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 19:00

Summertime is "Walden-time" for me...


Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains. I would drink deeper; fish in the sky, whose bottom is pebbly with stars.

It seems to me with each passing birthday that this the truest description of how my life's continuing work has evolved, and the concepts here so eloquently expressed… Continue

Posted on July 7, 2008 at 10:30

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At 10:13 on July 30, 2011, Marilyn Richardson said…
Great. Many thanks.
At 23:30 on July 29, 2011, Marilyn Richardson said…

Hope you can join us for the Remond program at the Salem Athenaeum Aug. 5th at 5:30.




At 22:10 on October 27, 2010, Joanne Riley said…
Hi Maggi - I just added an event with no problem. Perhaps a temporary glitch - could you give it another try and let me know how it goes? thanks!
At 13:21 on May 26, 2009, Maggi Smith-Dalton said…
okey doke,and thanks! I'll also put it on our Institute Website when I have a chance.
At 12:42 on May 26, 2009, Joanne Riley said…
Hi Maggi - sorry for the delay - I somehow missed your April request for RSS feeds. Here are a couple to start (you can also right click on any orange RSS button within the network to get a feed for that feature or content.)

RSS feed for MAStudies Network Events:

RSS feed for MAStudies Network Member blogs:

Thanks for linking up!
At 10:11 on March 31, 2009, Heather Cole said…
Maggi- We have a new place to post announcements -- under "News & Notes." That might be a place to post an announcement about your new network. If you do, I think I can feature it on the main page for a bit.
At 11:09 on March 24, 2009, Heather Cole said…
Thanks for coming out to the meet-n-greet last week. I look forward to seeing your new online Salem ventures -- send me a link to your Ning site once it is up and running!
At 23:44 on March 18, 2009, Joanne Riley said…
Looking forward to meeting you in person tomorrow, Maggi!
At 22:36 on January 22, 2009, Joanne Riley said…
Hi Maggi - I'd be delighted to talk with you about what we've learned about the Ning platform during this experiment. It would be interesting to experiment, too, with how multiple ning networks can interact and collaborate. Just e-mail me at your convenience, with a couple of possible times for a phone meeting - looking forward to it.
At 12:46 on October 2, 2008, Heather Cole said…
We're postponing the MA Studies Network meet-n-greet next Thursday until later this fall. We'll keep you posted!


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