Joseph Flibbert is an English professor at Salem State College. The author of a book on Herman Melville, he has lectured locally and internationally and has published extensively on Hawthorne, Melville, American sea literature, and other topics. He is a former president of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, a national organization devoted to the study of Hawthorne.
K. David Goss is the excutive director of the Beverly Historical Society and former museum director of the House of the Seven Gables, where he was instrumental in the revitalization of Pioneer Village in South Salem. He is the author of Salem: Maritime Salem in the Age of Sail (1987) and coauthor of Treasures of a Seaport Town (1998).
Bryant F. Tolles, Jr., is a director of the museum studies program and associate prfessor of history and art history at the University of Delaware. From 1974 to 1984 he was executive director of the Essex Institute in Salem, now part of the Peabody Essex Museum. He is the author of Architecture in Salem (1983).
Richard B. Trask is the town archivist of Danvers, Massachusetts (formerly known as Salem Village). He is the author of several works on the witchcraft trials, including The Devil Hath Been Raised: A Documentary History of the Salem Village Witchcraft Outbreak of March 1692 (1997). He is also an internationally recognized authority on the asassination of President John F. Kennedy.