Salem History Company launches high-tech guided tours

File photoHistorian and best-selling author Robert Booth at Old Burial Hill cemetery in Marblehead. Booth is a partner in Public History Services Inc., a new Salem-based history company that has launched three walking tours in Salem. 

SALEM — Public History Services Inc., a new Salem-based history company, has launched three history-based walking tours in Salem.

The tours are scripted by Robert Booth, a partner in the company who is also a historian and author of the 2012 best-seller “Death of an Empire,” about Salem in the 1820s.

Guides for the tours will be directed by Public History Services's artistic director, Zack Reardon, who recently worked for Boston’s Freedom Trail tours.

“Our Historic Salem Tours offer street-level, accurate history, site by site, in a way that is compelling and exciting," said Amy Kellett, another company leader who is also a historian and Salem State University graduate in public history. "Our guests encounter the characters and events of true stories which we relate to various buildings and sites — some little-known — on a tight set of downtown routes. We are committed to making the past come alive in a way that is both authentic and memorable.”

Led by college graduates and current students majoring in history, the tours are distinctive both for their historical content and for advanced audio technology, in which each guest’s earpiece is synchronized to the tour guide’s microphone so as to maximize the clarity of the narrative and filter out crowd noise.

“These are old stories presented in a new way,” Kellett said. “As public historians we believe that Salem is the ideal place for truth-telling and compelling history.”

The Public History Services' Historic Salem Tours, some of which are in the evening, include “Innocent Blood 1692,” which lasts 60 minutes.

There will also be a tour on the famous White murders, “Murder & Mayhem, 1830,” which also lasts 60 minutes and is based on a book about the subject by Booth.

Another tour, “All Must Die," visits high points, characters, and graveyards across the arc of Salem’s amazing history, and lasts 90 minutes.

Public History Services, Inc., is a not-for-profit based in Salem, with offices at the Nathaniel Bowditch House, 9 North St., next to the Witch House. Tour-times and tickets are available at; or buy tickets in the yard adjoining the Witch House.

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