Events & Activities

The Salem Museum’s Speaker Series has moved from the third Monday of the month to the second Thursday. For the foreseeable future, speakers and most other programs will be on Zoom, Facebook Live, or YouTube.

Our Christmas Train returns, bigger than ever!
Continuing through January, 2021

Each year, Jim Burke shares wonderful childhood memories with us by setting up his American Flyer model trains from the 1950s. This year’s layout is the biggest yet! This vintage American Flyer layout rolls back in time to the charming village of “Plasticville,” set in the 1950s and ’60s. In addition to the trains and buildings of all sorts (including an airport), there’s an interesting cast of little characters–and animals–playing in the snow. Look for the hidden gems: a helpful bear, a prehistoric predator, a mysterious machine, and so many other curious things to discover!

It’s the Bee’s Knees! Salem in the Roaring Twenties
Main Gallery Exhibit:  Ongoing

The Salem Museum takes a look back at life in our hometown a century ago with a new main gallery feature exhibit. The exhibit includes personal stories, artifacts, and photographs that explore everyday life—and the nightlife—of the Roaring Twenties. Icons of the decade are also included: a still that produced a lot of moonshine in the ‘20s and several flamboyant flapper dresses from the Museum’s collection. Read more…

Speaker Series:
The Archaeology of Slavery: African American Material Culture in Virginia
Thursday, April 15 at 7 pm via Zoom

Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz will discuss the role of using archaeology and material culture in telling the history of enslaved African and African Americans in Virginia. The Zoom link will be posted here on the day of her talk.

Dr. Deetz is the Director of Programming, Education, and Visitor Engagement at Stratford Hall, which preserves the legacy of four generations of the Lee family and is located on the Potomac south of Washington, DC. She is also a Visiting Scholar in the Department of African American Studies at U.C. Berkeley. Deetz holds a BA in Africana Studies and History from The College of William & Mary and an MA and Ph.D. in African Diaspora Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. She has taught at U.C. Berkeley, Randolph College, Roanoke College, University of Lynchburg, and the University of Virginia. Dr. Deetz, a historian and archaeologist, partnered with National Geographic to produce the documentary film Rise Up: The Legacy of Nat Turner (National Geographic Channel), and wrote two cover stories for National Geographic’s History magazine.  She is the author of the critically acclaimed book Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine, which was named as one of the top ten books on food of 2017 by the Smithsonian Magazine. She is currently working on The History of Sugar lecture series for The Great Courses, which will be released this summer on Audible.