Events & Activities

Community Forum: Children Are the Bridge to Our Future
Sunday, June 28 from 2 to 4 pm on Facebook Live

The Harrison Museum of African American Culture and the Salem Museum are hosting an open discussion about racism and its impact on our children, and our parenting. This community forum will take place online on Sunday, June 28, from 2 to 4 pm over Facebook Live. Participants can join in the conversation at The event will provide the opportunity to share, listen, learn, and grow in understanding.

For families—black and white—parenting is an experience we share in common. Recent events have made it clear, however, that the lessons we teach our children, especially about personal safety, vary dramatically based on their race. For all of us, talking to our children about racism and the nationwide protests can be overwhelming. This event will enable an open discussion about systemic racism, its impact on all of our children, and how we can move forward.

The event features a panel of participants who will share their experiences and answer audience questions:
• Moderator: Kianna Price, TV host for Living Local on WFXR
• Eboni Harrington, 7th grade math teacher, Lucy Addison Middle School
• Amanda Nastiuk, Executive Director, West End Center for Youth
• Trish White-Boyd, Roanoke City Councilwoman
• Deneen Logan Evans, PhD, MSW, Co-Owner and Clinician, Mosaic Counseling Services
• Eric Beasley, Regional Director of Business Development, InnovAge

Iris Park, a member of the Salem Museum’s Board of Directors, has organized the event.

Blue Ridge PBS celebrates Lakeside’s 100th Anniversary! Documentary to air on July 10 at 7pm

The sound of a roller coaster flying down the tracks, screams and squeals of delight, blinking lights, and cotton candy. Those are but a few of the things that immediately come to mind when thinking about a visit to Lakeside Amusement Park.

It has been more than 30 years since Lakeside Amusement Park turned off the lights and closed the gates, yet many still remember their time there fondly. What began as a 2 million gallon pool on July 10, 1920, eventually became an amusement park with a variety of rides and games along with concerts from the likes of Conway Twitty, Rick Nelson and many more.

This Blue Ridge PBS documentary takes a look back at Lakeside Amusement Park through the years. Included are memories from those who worked there in the 1940s, members of the Roberts family who owned the park the longest, Bill Anderson who performed at the park several times, and more!

Lakeside: 66 Years of Fun in the Sun won “Best Documentary” at the 2017 Virginia Association of Broadcasters Awards and a Videographer Award of Excellence.

It’s the Bee’s Knees! Salem in the Roaring Twenties
Main Gallery Exhibit:  Ongoing

The Salem Museum takes a look back at life in our hometown a century ago with a new main gallery feature exhibit. The exhibit includes personal stories, artifacts, and photographs that explore everyday life—and the nightlife—of the Roaring Twenties. Icons of the decade are also included: a still that produced a lot of moonshine in the ‘20s and several flamboyant flapper dresses from the Museum’s collection. Read more…