Events & Activities

Celebrate Salem! Community Art Show
July 14 through September 6

Celebrate Salem Art Show Rules and Requirements

Celebrate Salem Artist and Artwork Information Form

The Salem Museum announces a new community art show to celebrate Salem! The Celebrate Salem Art Show is open to artists of any age, from any locality, but all artwork must depict a Salem person, place or thing. The Celebrate Salem Art Show opens July 14, and runs through September 6.

On the opening day, visitors to the Salem Museum will be able to meet artists who will be providing demonstrations and offering hands-on opportunities for visitors to explore a variety of materials and techniques, to try it out for themselves. The Art Show and prizes, including a People’s Choice Award, are generously sponsored by Bill and Ellen Arnold. Voting for the People’s Choice Awards will take place from July 14 through July 28, with one vote per visitor per day. Admission to the Celebrate Salem Art Show is free, but donations are appreciated.

Artists can register and drop off art on Friday and Saturday, July 6-7, from 10 am to 4 pm.  Works will be placed on display and open to the public on Saturday, July 14, and the show closes on September 6. Artwork must be picked up on Friday and Saturday, September 7-8 from 10 am to 4 pm unless other arrangements are made. All art, both 2-D and 3-D, must be the artist’s own original work and ready to display.

The Ghost Walk returns for its 19th year!
October 4-6 at East Hill Cemetery
October 11-13 at Sherwood Memorial Park

Mark your calendars for the Salem Museum’s most popular annual event, The Ghost Walk. Visit Salem’s cemeteries to meet real characters from Salem’s past!

Deadline to Order Brick Pavers for Engraving for the Holidays
Friday, November 2

Engraved brick pavers create a lasting legacy. Add your name, or the name of someone special to you in our Main Walkway or Veterans’ Plaza. Each engraved brick paver is $150, which includes the cost of the paver, the engraving, and a donation to the Salem Museum & Historical Society. Your gift ensures that both your legacy—and our community’s rich history—are preserved for future generations. Download a form to place your order.

Salem Museum Speaker Series
The Surprising Role of Virginians in the Great War
Annual Meeting: November 19 at 6:30 pm
Talk: November 19 at 7 pm

In this illustrated lecture, Lynn Rainville reveals the crucial roles that Virginians played in the Great War. These individuals ranged from soldiers to politicians, and from locally born horses to their ferriers. These patriots also included female stenographers, African American doctors, domestic gardeners, National Guard troops, and army chaplains. Of these hundreds of thousands of volunteers, more than 3,600 lost their lives as a direct result of the war, yet many of their sacrifices have been forgotten. Rainville will conclude her talk with a study of statues erected in Virginia after the war to reveal a more complete story of service and sacrifice during the Great War.

Dr. Lynn Rainville is Acting Dean of Sweet Briar College, the Director of the Tusculum Institute and a fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. She is the author of Hidden History: African American Cemeteries in Central Virginia and Virginia and the Great War: Mobilization, Supply and Combat, 1914–1919.