Events & Activities

Salem Museum Speaker Series
Burial or Exhumation? Caring for the Civil War Dead
Monday, October 21 at 7 pm

Historian Scott Crawford will explore a hidden aspect of the Civil War through a detailed look at a late 19th century American painting. His talk is free and open to the public. Crawford was intrigued by a late 1800s painting at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. While this painting by Linton Park was originally known as “The Burial,” Crawford thought he saw something else. His research on the painting led Crawford to examine one of the challenges of the Civil War: how to property care for the dead, and the massive logistical issues tied to finding deceased soldiers, identifying them, and then carrying them to their final resting places. Crawford’s research led the National Gallery of Art to rename the piece “The Exhumation,” arguing that it actually depicted the relatives of a dead Union soldier, claiming his remains to transport them back home.

B. Scott Crawford has roughly 25 years experience in education and is currently the Vice President of VA811. He holds a master’s degree in history with a concentration in American history. Crawford has taught history in a public school division, and at the Taubman Museum of Art, Radford University, Virginia Western Community College, and Virginia Tech, as well as continuing to teach the seminar on business decision making as part of Virginian Tech’s A Toolkit for 21st Century Leaders program. Between 2009 and 2015, he appeared monthly on WSLS Channel 10’s Daytime Blue Ridge as the “Art Detective.”

Hometown Teams/Hometown Champions!

  • “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America.” Watch the trailer... A traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program, “Hometown Teams” captures the stories that unfold on fields and courts: the underdog heroics, larger-than-life legends, fierce rivalries and gut-wrenching defeats. Sports are everywhere in America. Through January 4, 2020. Read more…
  • “A Winning Tradition: Salem Champions Gallery.” Salem, Virginia is the City of Champions and Virginia’s Championship City! The new, permanent gallery will include local team and individual champions in many fields: athletics, academics, the arts, and civic and professional life. Read more…