Learn the history behind Salem landmarks, and the stories of artifacts in the Salem Museum’s collections. Enjoy both series by Museum Assistant Director Alex Burke!
Alex is currently taking a break, but is busy working up new episodes for fall!
“White Glove Wednesdays” posts on, yes, Wednesdays and features objects from our collections. “Around Town” goes outside for a look at Salem landmarks, as well as everyday spots “around town” that have more history than you might expect.
White Glove Wednesdays
[03-25-2020] Welcome to the Salem Museum’s Front Desk. Watch Video. Activity: Museum Mad-Lib
[04-01-2020] The story behind Salem’s Dixie Flip, long gone. Watch Video. Activity: Coin Flip.
[04-08-2020] The Shooting Star, Lakeside Amusement Park. Watch Video. Activity: Build with Triangles.
[04-15-2020] Russell Gwaltney’s National Championship Trophy. Watch Video. Activity: How to Play Marbles.
[04-22-2020] An Unexpected Find: 1600s Snaphance Trigger. Watch Video. Activity: Import Bingo.
[04-29-2020] Still on the Run: Antique Moonshine Still. Watch Video.
[05-06-2020] Revolutionary Technology: World War One’s Steel Helmets. Watch Video.
[05-13-2020] Ice Cream Scoop: Salem and the Spanish Flu. Watch Video.
[05-20-2020] Edward Beyer’s “View of Salem.” Watch Video. Activity: Online Puzzle (Alex did this one in 5:45, can you beat him?)
[05-27-2020] The Wartime Artifacts of William Robert Whitescarver, Jr. Watch Video. Til I Come Home. Watch Video.
[06-03-2020] Showcasing Students Accomplishments, local Varsity Letters. Watch Video.
[06-10-2020] Preston Place’s Willcox & Gibbs Sewing Machine. Watch Video.
[06-17-2020] The Union Army’s Spencer Carbine. Watch Video.
[06-24-2020] Grace Smyth, Salem’s Artist and Naturalist. Watch Video.
[03-27-2020] General Andrew Lewis, at East Hill Cemetery. Watch Video.
[04-03-2020] General Andrew Lewis, at the Salem Civic Center. Watch Video.
[04-10-2020] Remembering the many unknown, at East Hill North Cemetery. Watch Video.
[04-17-2020] The Williams-Brown House, the home of the Salem Museum. Watch Video.
[04-24-2020] Salem’s founding in 1802, at Charlotte’s Web Antique Mall. Watch Video. Activity: Map it! James Simpson’s Salem
[05-01-2020] Longwood, Salem’s beloved Castle, at Longwood Park. Watch video. Activity: Design a Castle.
[05-08-2020] “War is Ended in Europe,” Salem and Victory in Europe Day. Watch Video.
[05-15-2020] Lake Spring Hotel, Salem’s Premier Resort. Watch Video.
[05-22-2020] Salem’s Frontier Fort and Estate, Historic Fort Lewis. Watch Video.
[05-29-2020] 77 Millimeter German Field Piece, Salem’s World War One Memorial. Watch Video.
[06-05-2020] Oakey Field, Witness to a Guinness World Record. Watch Video.
[06-12-2020] Richard Gholston, Salem’s Gravedigger. Watch Video.
[06-19-2020] Celebrating the Emancipation Proclamation, January 2, 1893. Watch Video.
[06-26-2020] Salem’s First Residents, The Virginia Indians. Watch Video.
[07-10-2020] Oh my stars and garters! Salem’s early taverns, Wilderness Road Regional Museum Curbside History series. Watch video.