Feature Exhibits

The Student Army Training Corps based at Roanoke College provided rigorous military training for 121 officer candidates

The Price We Paid: Salem and the Great War
Through February, 2019

Note to Parents: WWI was a brutal, horrible war. Adults reading our signage will understand that, but our intent is to be educational for all ages. Therefore, while we have included some dramatic images in this exhibit, we have not included traumatic images that would be disturbing to young children. The exhibit includes hands-on and interactive elements, and explains the war from the point of view of multiple people, including a young American boy. We also offer a scavenger hunt throughout the exhibit and the museum, so that children can learn more about the WWI-era.

This November marks a century since the end of WWI. Salem distinguished itself in its war service, but also paid a heavy sacrifice on the battlefield and on the home front. The outcome of this war continues to affect us today, while the war itself is slipping into obscurity. Learn more about what Salem residents endured during WWI with the Salem Museum’s new exhibit, The Price We Paid: Salem and the Great War.

The exhibit features interactive designs, firsthand accounts, dramatic photographs, and never before seen artifacts, including a number of items on loan from the extensive collection of Dr. Lee Anthony, a historian whose father served in WWI in the 80th Infantry Division. A short film, Til I Come Home, directed by Chloe Shelton in partnership with the Grandin Film Lab, provides insights into the war experience and eventual fate of an actual soldier from Salem through his letters home. The Price We Paid: Salem and the Great War exhibit runs through February, 2019. It was designed by the Museum’s Assistant Director, Alex Burke, and is generously sponsored by John M. Oakey & Son.

Salem’s Buzzing Bees and Blooms
Through June 30 in the Ritter Community Room

The Salem Museum is buzzing with big colorful images by local bee photographer Deana B. Marion. The exhibit features macro images of honey bees and bumble bees printed on metal for stunning clarity and color. Marion aims to bring attention to the value of pollinators—and what we can do to protect them. No photography of the images in this collection, please.

Hometown Treasure: 25 Years of the Salem Museum

JIMG_2329oin us in celebrating 25 years of the Salem Museum, with our new hands-on exhibit Hometown Treasure! Take a look back at the historic buildings we’ve saved, and some of the artifacts we’ve collected over the years. Some of these objects don’t get out much, like a five-foot tall Valleydale Pig mascot, an antique embalming table from Oakey’s, Underwood typewriters, and a military uniforms from WWI. Some of these artifacts can be touched, just please be gentle!

For those who are curious about museum operations, the exhibit also explains some of the behind-the-scenes procedures that go into curating, preserving, and storing objects, and how information about them is recorded and is able to be searched.

SherwoodMost of all, we are celebrating all of the people who made this dream a reality going back to the founding of Save Old Salem in 1970, and the opening of the Museum on June 27, 1992. So many people have given so generously of their time, financial resources, and the heirlooms in their attics to make this Museum the treasure that it is today.

This exhibit is made possible through the support of the Museum’s members, volunteers and donors. The lead exhibit designer is Alex Burke, the Museum’s Assistant Director. Special thanks to Sherwood Memorial Park for its generous sponsorship. Admission is free.