Welcome to the Wolbachia2018 Website, providing information on the upcoming meeting taking place in Salem, MA USA from June 17 – 22, 2018.
Opening reception to be held on Sunday, June 17th, at the Salem Waterfront Hotel and Suites. Departure on Friday, June 22nd, after breakfast.
Located on Massachusetts’ North Shore, Salem is a coastal city in Essex County. Twenty miles north of Boston, Salem is easily accessible by car or train and is a New England bedrock of history. Considered one of the most significant seaports in Puritan American history, the city is home to the House of Seven Gables, Salem State University, the Salem Willows Park, Forrest River Park, Federal Street District, Charter Street Historic District and the Peabody Essex Museum, which has a massive collection of global art and artifacts, including a rebuilt Qing-era Chinese house.Featured notably in Arthur Miller‘s The Crucible, much of the city’s cultural identity is reflective of its role as the location of the Salem witch trials of 1692. Police cars are adorned with witch logos, a local public school is known as the Witchcraft Heights Elementary School, the Salem High School athletic teams are named the Witches and Gallows Hill, originally believed to be the site of numerous public hangings, is currently used as a playing field for various sports.
Tourists know Salem as a mix of important historical sites with a vibrant downtown that has more than 60 restaurants, cafes and coffee shops. In 2012, the Retailers Association of Massachusetts chose Salem as the recipient of their inaugural “Best Shopping District” award. More than one million tourists from all around the world visit Salem annually, much of it during the holiday period surrounding Halloween, where over 250,000 tourists visit the city.
On January 10, 2013, then President Barack Obama signed executive order HR1339 designating Salem as the birthplace of the U.S. National Guard.