Events & Activities

Christmas Toys, Christmas Train!
Through December 29

Holiday fun and whimsy! Our American Flyer layout will take you back to the 1950s and 60s, to the golden age of “Plasticville.” Its citizens are busy getting ready for Christmas! Come see their decorations and everything that’s going on. Kids can blow the horn AND play with a 1960s stable and century-old dollhouse located in the same room!

If This Place Could Talk: the Destroyed Village of Vauquois
Through February 23, 2019

The virtual reality experience, If This Place Could Talk: the Destroyed Village of Vauquois, is a project funded by Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) which involved team members from the School of Education, the School of Visual Arts, University Libraries, the Department of History, and the Department of Mining Engineering.  The team explored and mapped actual WWI tunnels constructed by French and German soldiers beneath the village of Vauquois, near Verdun, France. The immersive experience will take visitors into those tunnels to impart a sense of what life was like for the soldiers who were part of that terrible period in world history. Call ahead to confirm availability.

The Price We Paid: Salem and the Great War
Through February 23, 2019

Salem’s WWI Homecoming Parade

A century ago, Salem like other communities, was shaken by the world’s Great War—WWI—and called to sacrifice on the battlefield and home front. The Salem Museum’s current featured exhibit, The Price We Paid: Salem and the Great War includes displays of artifacts on loan from the collection of Dr. Lee Anthony whose father served in WWI. A short film, Till I Come Home directed by Chloe Shelton of the Grandin Theatre Film Lab, provides insights into the wartime experience of an actual Salem soldier through his letters home. Ms. Shelton recently won an award for Heritage Education from the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation for Till I Come Home and her upcoming film, Cotton Clouds. The film and exhibit are generously supported by John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home and Crematory in Salem and will be on display through February, 2019.