Hallowed Halls: Roanoke College’s 175 Years
Through March 10
Generously sponsored by Pinnacle Financial Partners
Hallowed Halls: Roanoke College’s 175 Years is a new feature main gallery exhibit that looks back at one of Salem’s oldest and most influential institutions. The exhibit traces Roanoke College’s history from its earliest days arriving in Salem in a wagon, through the struggles of war and cultural revolutions, to the institution it is today. Guests will learn about the growth of the campus, the student body, athletics, and the academic experience—and the presidents who led the way. The exhibit was curated by Museum Assistant Director Alex Burke—a 2016 graduate of Roanoke College—with assistance from Linda Miller, Roanoke College’s archivist.
Hometown Treasure: 25 Years of the Salem Museum
Join 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.
Most 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.