Feature Exhibits


The Student Army Training Corps based at Roanoke College provided rigorous military training for 121 officer candidates

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

Note to Parents: WWI was a brutal, horrible war. Adults reading our signage will understand that, but our intent is to be educational for all ages. Therefore, while we have included some dramatic images in this exhibit, we have not included traumatic images that would be disturbing to young children. The exhibit includes hands-on and interactive elements, and explains the war from the point of view of multiple people, including a young American boy. We also offer a scavenger hunt throughout the exhibit and the museum, so that children can learn more about the WWI-era.

This November marks a century since the end of WWI. Salem distinguished itself in its war service, but also paid a heavy sacrifice on the battlefield and on the home front. The outcome of this war continues to affect us today, while the war itself is slipping into obscurity. Learn more about what Salem residents endured during WWI with the Salem Museum’s new exhibit, The Price We Paid: Salem and the Great War.

The exhibit features interactive designs, firsthand accounts, dramatic photographs, and never before seen artifacts, including a number of items on loan from the extensive collection of Dr. Lee Anthony, a historian whose father served in WWI in the 80th Infantry Division. A short film, Til I Come Home, directed by Chloe Shelton in partnership with the Grandin Theatre Film Lab, provides insights into the war experience and eventual fate of an actual soldier from Salem through his letters home. The Price We Paid: Salem and the Great War exhibit runs through February, 2019. It was designed by the Museum’s Assistant Director, Alex Burke, and is generously sponsored by John M. Oakey & Son.