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. We plan to record this meeting, so turn off your video if you do not wish to be visible in the meeting or the recording. 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: Botetourt County, a History
Thursday, June 10 at 7 pm on Zoom only: click here for the Zoom link

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: the Zoom link will be posted on the Salem Museum’s website on the day of the talk.

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.