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About Jim McAllister

Jim McAllister is a Salem historian, photographer, author, teacher, and tour guide.

Since founding Derby Square Tours in 1983, Jim has conducted countless tours of his adopted Salem. He has lectured extensively about the history of Salem and Boston's North Shore and has served as an historic consultant to the City of Salem, the Hawthorne Hotel, the Peabody Essex Museum, and a host of other local organizations and institutions.

A graduate of Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts, Jim has taught more than ninety courses on topics ranging from local history and architecture to the early twentieth century Paris art and literary scene through the international Elderhostel program. He has also offered his popular "Salem 101" history course annually since 1990.

The former Morristown, New Jersey resident is also an accomplished photographer and writer.

The Founders
Jim McAllister and Scrubrush outside Shatswell's Bookstore in Derby Square (1983). Photo by Kirk Williamson

His images of Salem have appeared on billboards, in local publicity materials, and in dozens of publications throughout America and Europe, including the New York Times and Money, Americana and Tours and Resorts magazines.

More than fifty of Jim's photographs are included in "SALEM: Cornerstones of a Historic City" (1999) a Salem history book of which he is one of five co-authors.
His solo book, "Salem: From Naumkeag to Witch City," (May 2000) is a collection of stories from Salem's past.

In addition to the two books, Jim has written a weekly local history column for the Salem Evening News since February 1999. He is also the author of a 50-year history of Historic Salem, Inc. (a local preservation organization), two walking tours of the city's historic sites, and two Salem history calendars.

Over the years Jim has appeared on the History Channel, the Travel Channel, Home and Garden TV, and many other television stations. His radio appearances include "All Things Considered" and German National Radio.

Jim, who is also an avid collector and dealer of fine art, has been the subject of two feature articles in the Boston Globe and a front page article in the Southern New England AAA newsletter. He was the 1997 recipient of the Hawthorne Hotel's prestigious Preservation Award.

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