Visits by Video: History All Around Us

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 VideoTil I Come HomeWatch 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. 
[09-2-2020]  Salem’s Connection to Victory in Japan Day.  Watch Video.

Around Town

[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.