CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Monthly Speaker Series
Monday, August 21, at 7 PM
Topic posted soon!
Salem Museum Annual Members-Only Potluck Picnic
Saturday, August 26, 5 to 7 PM
Fried chicken will be provided; bring a dish to share. Not a member? Join!
Paint for Preservation
Benefiting the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation
Thursday, September 14, 6 to 8 PM
Paint for Preservation is the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation’s annual local art auction. Live and silent auctions featuring original artwork of Roanoke Valley Landmarks, cash bar, and live music. Event admission is free. For more information…
Monthly Speaker Series
Mark O’Connell: The Team the Titans Remember
Talk and Book Signing
Monday, September 18, 7 PM
Mark O’Connell will present a talk based on his new book about the 1971 Andrew Lewis Wolverines who played T.C. Williams for the state football championship, a game that is the climax of the movie Remember the Titans (2000). While the movie profiles the Titans’ road to the championship, the Wolverines are completely ignored. O’Connell told the Salem Times Register: “I just wanted to set the record straight about the 1971 team. I want people to know not only about Andrew Lewis, but the personal stories, and to give acclaim to coaches Eddie Joyce and Assistant Coach Dale Foster and the players in their own right.” O’Connell will sign books after his talk.
Appalachian Festival Kick-Off
Sharyn McCrumb: The Unquiet Grave
Talk and Book Signing
Friday, September 22, Time TBA
From New York Times bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb comes a finely-wrought novel set in 19th century West Virginia, based on the true story of one of the strangest murder trials in American history — the case of the Greenbrier Ghost. Sharyn McCrumb is the first author to look beneath the legend, revealing new information and bringing to life the personalities in the trial: the prosecutor, a former Confederate cavalryman; the defense attorney, a pro-Union bridgeburner, who nevertheless had owned slaves; and the mother of the murdered woman, who doggedly sticks to her ghost story—all seen through the eyes of a young black lawyer with his own tragedies yet to come. With its unique blend of masterful research and mesmerizing folklore, illuminating the story’s fascinating and complex characters, The Unquiet Grave confirms Sharyn McCrumb’s place among the finest Southern writers at work today.
Hometown Treasure: 25 Years of the Salem Museum
Join us in celebrating 25 years of the Salem Museum, with our new hands-on exhibit Hometown Treasure! Take a look back at the historic buildings we’ve saved, and some of the artifacts we’ve collected over the years. Some of these objects don’t get out much, like a five-foot tall Valleydale Pig mascot, an antique embalming table from Oakey’s, Underwood typewriters, and a military uniforms from WWI. Some of these artifacts can be touched, just please be gentle!
For those who are curious about museum operations, the exhibit also explains some of the behind-the-scenes procedures that go into curating, preserving, and storing objects, and how information about them is recorded and is able to be searched.
Most of all, we are celebrating all of the people who made this dream a reality going back to the founding of Save Old Salem in 1970, and the opening of the Museum on June 27, 1992. So many people have given so generously of their time, financial resources, and the heirlooms in their attics to make this Museum the treasure that it is today.
This exhibit is made possible through the support of the Museum’s members, volunteers and donors. The lead exhibit designer is Alex Burke, the Museum’s Assistant Director. Special thanks to Sherwood Memorial Park for its generous sponsorship. Admission is free.
MAIN FLOOR GALLERY EXHIBIT: ONGOING
At Home Along the Great Road: Old Castle and Preston Place
Generously sponsored by Salem VA Credit Union
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.
WHITE OAK TEA TAVERN IS OPEN AT PRESTON PLACE!
The White Oak Tea Tavern is a destination restaurant previously located in Troutville, Va., and well-known for its lunches, scones and bagels, gift shop and—most especially—its teas. The Tea Tavern is located in Salem at 1936 W. Main St. in Preston Place, the historic home owned and restored by the Salem Museum & Historical Society. Open Mondays–Saturdays, 10 am to 5 pm. 540-387-3000.
About the Salem Museum & Historical Society
The Salem Museum & Historical Society is an independent nonprofit organization preserving and celebrating the history of Salem, Virginia, founded in 1802, and the surrounding areas.