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Salem Museum Speaker Series: Botetourt County, a History
Thursday, June 10 at 7 pm on Zoom only: click here for the link

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.

Although the pandemic postponed celebrating Botetourt County’s 250th anniversary last year, it did not diminish the county’s storied history. In 1770, when Botetourt was formed from Augusta County, its territory continued west to the Mississippi River and northward into the Ohio River Valley Territory. The area covered not only the Roanoke Valley locally, but also the present state of Kentucky and much of what is now West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.

On Thursday, June 10 at 7 pm, Lynsey Allie will share the story of Botetourt County’s rich history. Ms. Allie is the executive director of the Botetourt County Historical Society & Museum, and the manager of the History Museum of Western Virginia and O. Winston Link Museum. The latter are now hosting an extensive exhibit of the remarkable decorative arts that relate the county’s story. This talk will be presented over Zoom.

Our programs and activities include:

∼  Monthly speaker series, with fascinating programs on local history
History All Around Us: Video Tours of Salem’s historic places, people, and objects, including the “White Glove Wednesday” and “About Town” video series
∼  Exhibits on regional history drawn from our extensive collections
∼  Events and activities including our annual Ghost Walk
∼  Research Library with assistance available
∼  School tours offered for all grade levels
∼  Internships and volunteer opportunities
∼  Historic rental space with modern amenities.

The Salem Museum & Historical Society is an independent nonprofit organization preserving and celebrating the history of Salem, Virginia, founded in 1802, and the surrounding areas.

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