The Salem Museum is pleased to announce it’s upcoming program schedule for the spring. The monthly lecture series explores topics of regional history and is always free and open to the public. Programs are held the third Monday evenings of each month at the Museum, beginning at 7:00.
• January 21, 7:00 at the Museum: Salem author Peggy Shifflett on her new book about growing up in Appalachia “On the Way to Toe Town.” Peggy’s popular series of memoirs explores her roots growing up in the Appalachian town of Hopkins Gap, VA, with recollections of the folklore, superstitions, material culture, and colorful characters of her past.
• February 18, 7:00 at the Museum: New Roanoke College Public History Professor Kelley Deetz will present her fascinating research on “Slave Kitchens and Cooking.” What did slaves eat and how did they prepare it? What did dinner time mean when freedom was only a distant dream? Deetz’ presentation will enlighten listeners about this often misunderstood time.
• March 18, 7:00 at the Museum: Mr. David Ramey Sr. on his new book “The Times and Life on Henry Street.” Ramey’s exquisitely illustrated memoir of growing up in segregated Roanoke will take us back to a day when a thriving culture existed in the face of discrimination.
• April 15, 7:00 at the Museum: Marian McConnell on her new colorful new history of The Murder Hole, the cave she and her husband own in Catawba. The legendary cavern evokes many legends– McConnell separates fact from fiction in a subterranean wonderland.
The authors will be available to sign books after their programs. For further information, call the Salem Museum at 389-6760.
Submitted by John Long