Watch history come to life at the Salem Museum

Two dozen costumed interpreters will share stories from the Colonial Period, Civil War, World Wars, and more

SALEM, Va. – The Salem Museum is bringing history to life on Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The museum is opening its newest exhibit called Through Their Eyes. The gallery highlights 16 major events, dating back to 1671, that have shaped Salem and The Roanoke Valley into the community it is today.

Visitors will experience the emotional impacts of these events as told by the people who lived them. Some of the events highlighted include the coming of the railroad, the end of the Civil War, desegregation and the Flood of ‘85.

Two dozen costumed interpreters will bring the region’s history to life. They will share stories from the Colonial Period, Civil War, World Wars and more. Meet men and women who will share stories and hands-on artifacts from the Virginia Indians in the area and other time periods.

Alex Burke, the Assistant Director at the Salem Museum, says, “These moments really shaped the community that we know today. Being able to portray the significance of these moments is something that is really special to us. Let’s face it, not everyone is going to be interested in history, but if you can portray the relevance and significance and give it a little motion, you are going to portray what that moment was and have people learn and remember it.”

This event is completely free and open to all ages.

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