Alyssa G. A. Conary is a burgeoning historian & writer, a museum professional, 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, Alyssa co-founded the Salem Historical Society with a group of museum colleagues. She is currently serving as the President of 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 and Italian, enjoys traveling & singing jazz, and is the proud mother of three feline children.
Ryan Conary is a co-founder of the Salem Historical Society. He currently works as the Marketing & Reservations Coordinator at The House of the Seven Gables, where he started as a tour guide in 2012. He is originally from New Hampshire, graduating from Exeter High School in 2004 and McIntosh College in Dover with an A.S. in Business Management. Ryan moved to Salem in 2007 to attend Salem State University, where he graduated with a B.A. in History, with a concentration on Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Ryan is the Senior Editor of The Essex Genealogist, and a board member of the Essex Society of Genealogists. He is currently enrolled in the Museum Studies Certificate Program at Tufts University. He has co-written articles with David Moffat for The House of the Seven Gables newsletter, and worked with David to co-write the exhibit “A Gracious Host: Visiting The Gables Through the Years.” Ryan’s interests include architectural history, 17th-century New England, early-American decorative arts, exhibition planning, research & writing among a host of others. You may see him on the street admiring a historic house, or wandering leisurely through an old cemetery.
Diana Dunlap is a co-founder of the Salem Historical Society and currently works as a tour guide at the House of the Seven Gables and an actor with History Alive, Inc., performing in their long-running historical reenactment Cry Innocent: The People vs. Bridget Bishop. A transplant to Salem from southeastern Connecticut, where she was raised in and amongst historic houses and cemeteries as the daughter of a museum director and educator, Diana has worked at many different house museums as a tour guide, first-person interpreter, teacher, youth leader, archivist, designer of programs and exhibits, and all-purpose assistant (she specializes in setting up chairs, arranging trays of pastries for lectures, stuffing envelopes, and operating semi-functional cash registers). You may encounter her cooking on the open hearth, handsewing reproduction undergarments, introducing Irish history to the unwary, or discoursing on the depiction of witches in Shakespeare’s plays. Diana earned a B.A. in History and Theatre Arts from Clark University in 2011, with concentrations in Early Modern European History and Playwriting. She is a co-founder of Salem’s only classical theatre company, the Upstart Crows, who focus on bringing affordable, accessible productions of early modern theatre to a former hotbed of Puritanism.
David Moffat is a co-founder of the Salem Historical Society, a Lead/Senior Tour Guide and Historian at The House of the Seven Gables, and the Editor-in-Chief of The Essex Genealogist.
He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated from Bucknell University in 2012 magna cum laude with a degree in English with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in French.
He has lectured locally in the last two years on Samuel Johnson, Joseph Priestley, Charles Dickens and Nathaniel Hawthorne. He has co-written articles in the House of the Seven Gables’ newsletter with Ryan Conary better identifying items in the collection and has done analysis on the probate inventories of the house’s residents. In 2015, he co-wrote (with Ryan Conary) the exhibit “A Gracious Host” at the House of Seven Gables.
Previously, he was the Editorial Intern at West Branch magazine, the intern at the Stadler Center for Poetry, the public relations intern at the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership, the film intern at Bait & Tackle Ad Company, the projectionist for the Hilltop Film series, and the Resident Fellow of the Arts College at Bucknell.
He is a member of the Upstart Crows theater company in Salem and has appeared in “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and “Punishment Without Revenge.” He grew up in Beverly and Hamilton, and moved to Salem in 2008. He is an Eagle Scout and serves as an assistant scout master in Wenham.
Robin L. Woodman is a Co-founder and Treasurer of the Salem Historical Society. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for The House of The Seven Gables. She is the 2017 recipient of the Swensrud Teacher Fellowship from the Massachusetts Historical Society and is studying women’s history as it pertains to Salem. Robin received a B.S. from Lesley University and an M.A from Harvard University. She works for Harvard University Art Museums as the Expedition Coordinator for the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis, an on-going dig in Turkey. Robin was born and raised in Salem and her passion for local history, particularly women’s history, has given her the honor of presenting several talks at The House of The Seven Gables focusing on the women of this renowned house.