Events & Activities

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Salem Museum Speaker Series: Saving the Biodiversity in the Commonwealth

Ryan Klopf


Virginia is rich in natural biological diversity, and natural area preserves play an important role in protecting this rich natural heritage. On Thursday, August 11 at 7 pm, Ryan Klopf will present a talk about our local ecology and what people can do to help protect special habitats within our region. This talk is part of the Salem Museum Speaker Series and will be presented on Zoom only.

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Natural Heritage Program works to protect Virginia’s native plant and animal life, and the ecosystems upon which they depend. Ryan Klopf is the Virginia Natural Heritage Program’s Natural Areas Science Coordinator and Mountain Region Supervisor.

Ryan and other stewardship staff work to protect and restore rare species and natural communities within the Ridge and Valley, Blue Ridge, and Piedmont regions of Virginia. He earned a B.S. in Biology at William and Mary, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Plant Biology from Southern Illinois University.

Hands-On History Saturdays

Join us each week for Hands-On History Saturdays! Every Saturday from 10-4, visitors will get the chance to pull on the white gloves and hold a piece of history in their hands. Come see, up close, artifacts that are not often on display.

In August, get hands on with Salem sports! A new theme every month!

Jim Crow and Southern Libraries: The Story of the Gainsboro Branch Library

Watch this talk on YouTube

Gainsboro Librarian Virginia Y. Lee

In the early twentieth century, public libraries began to spread throughout the United States. In the South, however, Jim Crow laws denied African Americans access to public library facilities. This talk by branch manager Megan Mizak explores the rich history of Virginia’s second library for African Americans, the Gainsboro Branch Library, from its founding by important community leaders through the tenure of its most beloved librarian, Virginia Y. Lee. Mizak has curated, maintained and preserved the library’s Virginia Y. Lee Collection, which is composed of rare books, historical documents, photographs and reference materials that focus on African American history in the Roanoke Valley.