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Salem Museum Speaker Series: George Washington, An American Noah

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George Washington is one of the most iconic and storied figures in all of American history. On Thursday, February 8 at 7 pm, the Salem Museum will present a talk that explores Gilbert Stuart’s famous portrait of our first President, the Lansdowne Portrait. Curiously, Stuart incorporated imagery of Noah and the Flood into the portrait, details which provide insights into how Stuart saw Washington and his vision for the new nation. The presentation will be on Zoom.

In this talk, B. Scott Crawford will share his perceptions of Gilbert Stuart’s iconic Lansdowne Portrait. With a Master's in Colonial American History, he is an engaging speaker with a passion for art, history, and teaching. Crawford's diverse career includes having served as an Adjunct Instructor at Virginia Tech, Radford University, and Virginia Western Community College, as well as Director of Education at the Taubman Museum of Art. He is currently the President and CEO of the Virginia Utility Protection Service (Virginia 811).

On July 4, 2026, the United States will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In preparation for this significant anniversary, the Virginia American Revolution 250 Commission (VA250) is encouraging programming to commemorate the Revolution. This talk is a VA250 event.

The Salem Museum’s Thursday evening Speaker Series programs will be held on Zoom in February and March to avoid any inclement winter weather. Zoom links will be posted on the Salem Museum’s website: Salem Museum.org, on the day of the event. Programs will return to in-person in Spring.

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Local Authors Book Sale and Signing

March 16, 11 am to 1 pm

The regional writers’ club—Persiflage/Writers Lunch—will hold its first mass book sale of its authors’ works on Saturday, March 16, from 11 am to 1 pm at the Salem Museum. The sale will feature more than a dozen nationally and regionally important authors, as well as some new and promising writers. Meet and greet a diverse array of local authors who will be signing their books for readers. Book clubs are welcome!

Among the writers whose works will be featured are:

  • Roland Lazenby, author of more than 60 books, many of them best-sellers;
  • True-crime author Diane Fanning;
  • Journalism expert, professor and author Bill Kovarik;
  • Educator and novelist Amanda Cockrell;
  • Amazon best-seller Debbie Seagle;
  • Biographer Ken Conklin;
  • Rocky Mount-based novelist and Amazon bestseller Jane Fenton;
  • Vietnam War chronicler John Ketwig;
  • Historical fiction writer Sally Jameson Bond;
  • Novelist and Hall of Fame journalist Dan Smith;
  • AI expert and Amazon best-seller Joel Yonts;
  • Regional novelist Betsy Ashton;
  • Newcomer Rachel Coleman.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale will go to the Salem Museum.

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Patrick Henry: The Voice of Liberty & His Garden Spot

Thursday, March 14 at 7 pm on Zoom

Revolutionary War patriot Patrick Henry is often referred to as “The Voice of Liberty.” His colleagues, whether they agreed with him or not, still understood his role of leadership and influence before, during, and after the American Revolution.

On March 14 at 7 pm on Zoom, Patrick Henry’s descendant Patrick Henry Jolly will present a talk as part of the Salem Museum’s Speaker Series.  He will describe the personal and professional life of this American Patriot.

After his public career ended, Patrick Henry retired to Red Hill, a 700-acre plantation in Charlotte County, Virginia. He referred to the site as “one of the garden spots of the world,” and it would become his last home and final resting place. After 150 years in the Henry family, Red Hill has been designated the National Memorial for Patrick Henry and is dedicated to educating the public about Patrick Henry and the story of his life on the beautiful grounds of his “garden spot.”

Patrick Henry Jolly is Patrick Henry’s fifth great-grandson. Jolly has been speaking since 1992 on a variety of topics related to the personal and professional life of his ancestor. His living history presentations, which include “Liberty or Death,” are often performed in character as Patrick Henry.

On July 4, 2026, the United States will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In preparation for this significant anniversary, the Virginia American Revolution 250 Commission (VA250) is encouraging programming to commemorate the Revolution. This talk is a VA250 event.

The Salem Museum’s Thursday evening Speaker Series program will be held on Zoom in March to avoid any inclement winter weather. Zoom links will be posted on the Salem Museum’s website: Salem Museum.org, on the day of the event. Programs will return to in-person in Spring.

Hands-On History Saturdays

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

  • Sun - Mon: Closed
    Tue - Sat: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

  • Sun - Mon: Closed
    Tue - Sat: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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