The Salem News
---- — The Topsfield Historical Society will host “Sex in the 17th Century,” a talk by Mary-Ellen Smiley, on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Gould Barn. Smiley, the curator of education at Salem Museum, will present a realistic look at the intimate lives of New England Puritans, who had a reputation of being strict and stern, and the sexual attitudes of North Shore residents in the 17th century. The program is open to the public and refreshments will be served at the conclusion of talk. Admission is free, but donations to the Topsfield Historical Society will be accepted. The Gould Barn is located at 1 Howlett St. in Topsfield. For more information, visit www.topsfieldhistory.org.