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decorated silver teapot 1850sNEW EXHIBIT IN THE MAIN GALLERY!
 At Home Along the Great Road: Old Castle and Preston Place
Generously sponsored by Salem VA Credit Union
Through March 25, 2017
Salem was settled in the 1700s and, by the time of its incorporation as a town in 1802, was a busy stop along the Great Road from Virginia through Tennessee to Kentucky. Davy Crockett, Louis Philippe (a future king of France), and Andrew Jackson were known to have traveled the route and patronized Salem’s inns and taverns. Two homes along the road—Old Castle and Preston Place—are featured in this look at life in the 1800s. The exhibit is curated by Alex Burke, the Museum’s assistant director. Mr. Burke was assisted by Cort Clark, an intern from Roanoke College.

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early springCALLING ALL GARDENERS!
Late-winter workday on Saturday, March 4, at 9 am.
Bring your rake, broom, pruners, weeders, or any other garden tool that you may have to help clean up the landscaping around the entrance to the Museum, the Salem Garden Club’s Memorial Garden, and Monarch Butterfly Waystation. We have come a long way since the Committee was organized over a year ago, and we want to continue the progress we have made. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. Hope to see you on March 4!
Marsha Shortell
Chair, Salem Museum Landscaping Committee

SALEM MUSEUM SPEAKER SERIES
Montgomery White Sulphur Springs Resort and Confederate Hospital
Presented by Lynn Reed
March 20, at 7 pm
Montgomery White Sulphur Springs Resort (1856), located in Montgomery County, boasted 1,484 acres with a main hotel, more than 30 cottages and 25 various out buildings. In a few short years, it was known as a Grand Spa. During the Civil War, it served as a Confederate hospital. The resort reopened in 1869 after extensive renovations. All that remains today is a monument to the Confederate soldiers who died there.

UPCOMING EXHIBIT
Salem High School IB Student Art Show
April 4-26, 2017
Salem High School International Baccalaureate art students return with their annual show.

SALEM MUSEUM SPEAKER SERIES
Norman and Jo Fintel: Change Agents Extraordinaire
Dr. Robert Benne, Roanoke College professor emeritus
April 17, at 7 pm
As part of the Salem Museum Speaker Series, Dr. Robert Benne, Roanoke College professor emeritus, returns to conclude his series of talks on the presidents of Roanoke College with a look at Norman Fintel’s administration (1975-1989). In this lecture, Dr. Robert Benne will describe and interpret the transformative presidency of Norman Fintel (and his partner, Jo) that not only put Roanoke College on a path to regional and national prominence, but also helped it recover its “soul,” its traditional sense of identity and mission. Dr. Benne posits that the soul of the College has been its commitment to what he has called “Christian republicanism,” an intent to form young men and women in the religious and moral virtues needed to serve church and country.

UPCOMING EXHIBIT
Glenvar High School Student Art Show
May 2 – 24, 2017
Glenvar High School art students return with their annual show.

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The Salem Museum & Historical Society is an independent nonprofit organization preserving and celebrating the history of Salem, Virginia, founded 1802, and the surrounding areas.

 

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