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.

For Zoom Meetings: Please remember to mute yourself when you join our Zoom meetings. Your best view will be Speaker View, not Gallery View. Put questions in the chat and our speaker will answer them after the talk.

Mask requirements are subject to change based on CDC guidelines. At this time, masks are optional indoors and outdoors for those who are fully vaccinated.

Salem Museum Speaker Series: Cultural Heritage and the Modern-Day “Monuments Men”
Thursday, July 8 at 7 pm at the Salem Museum
In person reserved for members only;
Nonmembers are invited to join on Zoom: link is here…

Cultural heritage sites around the world are threatened by armed conflict and natural disaster. On July 8 at 7 pm, Dr. Hayden Bassett will describe the recent efforts of the Cultural Heritage Monitoring Lab and the modern day “Monuments Men,” and the emerging role of museums and other civilian research institutions in global cultural property protection. Salem Museum members who are fully vaccinated are welcome to attend in person. All others are invited to watch the program via Zoom.

The Cultural Heritage Monitoring Lab, housed at the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville, VA, is a collaborative effort with the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative. Among other technologies, the Lab utilizes high-resolution satellite imagery to rapidly identify in real time the destructive events and active threats to monuments, museums, archives, historic buildings, archaeological sites, and landscapes worldwide. Through its partnership with the Smithsonian Institute, the Lab serves the US Army’s recently reactivated Monuments Men unit.

Dr. Bassett is the Archaeology Curator at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, and a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution. Over the past 15 years, he has conducted archaeological fieldwork in the US, Jamaica, Barbados, Bermuda, Tanzania, Kenya, Djibouti, Bahrain, and Italy. He has undertaken this fieldwork for academic research, and for NGO and US Department of Defense stakeholders. Previously, Dr. Bassett directed archaeological fieldwork and advised US military planners in advance of their activities abroad.

Dr. Bassett continues to work closely with the Department of Defense to protect global cultural heritage. Today, in addition to his curatorial role, he also serves as the Director of the Cultural Heritage Monitoring Lab at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, providing advanced satellite monitoring of global cultural heritage to the modern-day “Monuments Men” in the US Army Reserves.

Dr. Bassett received a B.A. in Archaeology from the University of Virginia, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Archaeology from the College of William & Mary. He currently resides in Martinsville, VA.

Speaker Series/ Virtual Field Trip:
Roanoke Island: What’s Lost, What’s Found

Roanoke Island, on the North Carolina coast, has been the dramatic setting for more than four centuries of history, including the site of the well-known “Lost Colony” of 1587. As visitors sometimes confuse the Roanoke Valley of Virginia with Roanoke Island, the Salem Museum sponsored a virtual talk and field trip to learn the story of this very different Roanoke. Josh Nelson, a National Park Ranger at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site which includes Roanoke Island, was the featured speaker and tour guide.

Speaker Series:
Walking the Red Line: Residential Discrimination in Twentieth-Century Roanoke

Roanoke College senior Hunter Haskins as he addresses redlining, the organization that enabled it, and more in a brief history of Roanoke’s residential segregation. Haskins defines redlining, a discriminatory practice wherein loans, insurance, and other public services were denied to residents of neighborhoods based upon the area’s ethnic or racial makeup, and how the federal government facilitated this practice in Roanoke’s very own communities.