Events & Activities

Salem High School IB Art Show, through April 21

Join us for the Opening Reception for the Salem High School IB Art Show! The Seniors’ works are featured. These artworks include painting, drawing, mixed media, scultpture and ceramics. The Reception is Tuesday March 27, from 6 to 8 pm. The Reception is free and open to the public. The Show will remain on display through April 21.

Salem Museum Speaker Series: Buzzing About the Garden
Monday, April 16 at 7 pm

Two speakers share the secrets to successful local gardening!
Peggy Shifflett, the president of the Museum’s Board and author of four books about Appalachian culture, shares the gardening secrets passed down to her through four generations: the importance of “planting by the signs, family, and magic!”

Charlie Filer, a science teacher at Glenvar High School, 2012 Roanoke County Teacher of the Year, and manager of the school’s greenhouse, beehive, and sustainable gardens, will speak on the beauty of bees and how their work in our gardens may be more important than our own.

Deadline to Order Brick Pavers for Engraving for Spring
Friday, April 20

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.

Glenvar High School and Middle School Art Show
Opens May 1 through May 24

Opening Reception May 1, 6 – 8 pm.

Thyme and Treasures: A Vintage Bazaar and Plant Sale
May 5,  9 am – 3 pm

The Salem Garden Club’s fundraiser features antique, vintage, retro and shabby chic treasures for the home and garden donated by Salem Garden Club members, and herbs, annuals and perennials from Walter’s Greenhouse. Master Gardeners will be available to answer all of your gardening questions. All proceeds benefit the Salem Garden Club’s civic projects: maintaining the Salem Museum’s gardens and landscaping Habitat for Humanity homes in the Roanoke Valley. Rain date: May 12

Salem Museum Speaker Series
Before Salem: the Town Virginia Indians Called Home
Monday, May 21 at 7pm

Hundreds of years before Salem became a town, another people had established a town here along the banks of the Roanoke River. They called themselves the Yesa, but they are better remembered today by the name given them in the 1600s by European explorers: the Tutelo. These Virginia Indians were a clan that was part of the Monacan Indian Nation which has recently received federal recognition. Victoria Ferguson, a member of the Monacan Indian Nation, will describe the culture, traditions, and technologies of her ancestors, and share what happened to the Tutelo after they left this region.

Ferguson is the Director of the Monacan Indian Living History Exhibit at Natural Bridge, a reconstruction of a small-scale Monacan Indian town. Skilled historical interpreters— including Ferguson—give guests a greater appreciation for the cultures of Virginia Indians through demonstrations of traditional activities such as cooking, basket weaving, building, and tool production.

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!