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2011 SAHS Recap

This page documents the events of the Salem Area Historical Society for 2011.

2011 Salem Area Historical Society 


Link to a Word document of 2011 Salem Area Historical Society

The year 2011 for the Salem Area Historical Society was another full year of activity.  

2011 SAHS Plymouth Whaler Hockey Night

Members and Friends of SAHS attended the Plymouth Whalers Hockey Game on Saturday, Jan. 8th, which was a 4-2 defeat for the Whalers.  SAHS ran the 50/50 contest at the game and netted $278 for its general fund. 

2011 SAHS January Meeting

SAHS held its January meeting on Wednesday, January 26th at the Salem Township Hall.  The 2010 SAHS Financial Statement and the 2011 SAHS Budget were presented and discussed.  This was followed by a video presentation entitled “The Hudson’s Building”.

2011 SAHS Annual Dinner/Auction
Salem Area Historical Society held its annual DINNER/AUCTION on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at the Fox Hill’s Golden Fox Clubhouse.  There were 74 attendees who enjoyed a wonderful buffet banquet, which was followed by a short business meeting.   The election slate of offices for 2011 was presented and accepted.  A silent auction was followed by a live auction.  

The auction committee did a great job in gathering the donations.  We had 118 Auction Items from over 70 donors.  Please support our sponsors who are listed below as well as on our Website at  The silent auction of 50 items was a great success.  This was followed by a lively auction with lots of participation.  When adding up the funds generated from the banquet, auction, 50/50 and donations, we raised over $3,900. 

This year’s Dinner / Auction set records for the most donors, the most items for auction, the highest value of items for auction, and the largest 50/50.   Thanks to all who helped make this Salem Area Historical Society event such a success!!!! 

2011 SAHS Election Dinner

The March 23rd SAHS Meeting at the Salem Township Hall was our annual Pot-Luck Dinner and Election.  Our election results are: 

President - Cwik, Terry 
Vice President - Van Fossen, Marcia
Secretary - Hatala, Pat
Treasurer DiMilia, Susan
Member At-Large – Gierman, Helen

After enjoying the dinner and holding the election, Cayce Kelly gave a presentation about her home, the Currie House, on Currie Road.  She also gave SAHS a photo book on the history of the house along with a letter describing life at the home in the early 1900's.

2011 April Meeting
The April 27th SAHS meeting was held at the Jarvis Stone School.  After a short business meeting, there was a presentation on the Civil War by John Gibney, who is the Director of Monroe Historical Museums.  His presentation was about the 24th Michigan Infantry.  

The 24th Michigan Infantry was organized at Detroit into Federal service on August 15, 1862.  A part of the famous Iron Brigade in the Army of the Potomac, it was noted for suffering the most casualties of any Union Army regiment in the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. The 24th Michigan went into action with 496 officers and men. Their total casualties were 363 of which 89 were killed & mortally wounded and otherwise wounded were 218 and captured were 56.  The regiment was selected as escort at funeral of President Abraham Lincoln.  The regiment was mustered out on June 30, 1865.


2011 May Meeting
On Wednesday, May 25, at the Jarvis Stone School during the SAHS Membership meeting, Chris Ropeta presented his research on his family in Salem Township.  His Grandmother was Mary Mager, William Mager's daughter.  William was a stone mason who helped build the Old Stone School at Packard and Eisenhower and he was murdered by his son, Harold.  Another branch of his family is the Kingsley family, who had land in Section 7 of Salem Township in 1850.


2011 Flag Day
On June 11th, SAHS members participated in the Annual Salem Flag Day Parade.  It is small town America at its best.  Marcia Van Fossen and Susan Bejin passed out SAHS Handouts will marching behind the SAHS Banner. 

2011 Annual Barn Dance

Our Annual Barn Dance on Friday, September 9th featured the playing and dance calling of the Picks and Sticks. 

It once again kicked off the Fall Season in Salem.  Attendance was over 200 with all ages represented from pre-teen to senior citizens. 

This is our society’s largest community event and thanks go to all the members who volunteered to help make this event another success.  

Go to our Annual Barn Dance Page for more information including photos.  SAHS extends a special THANK YOU to Gary Whittaker and his staff at Three Cedars Farm (7897 Six Mile Rd. at Curtis Rd. Northville, MI 48168) for generously donating their facility and time for the use of the Barn Dance.  Their barn is an excellent venue for our event.  An additional THANK YOU goes to Picks 'N' Sticks and Sherry Humecky for their great play and delightful attitude. 

2011 Barn Dance MAJOR SPONSORS:
Karl’s Cabin Restaurant & Bar
The Store in Salem
All-American Storage
Sherry & Gary Whittaker
In Memory of Barbara J. Rohrafff

In Thanks to Ferman Rohraff
Additional Sponsors:
Corner General Store
Salem Hills Golf Club

2011 Country Antique Fair and Flea Market

On Saturday, September 17th, the Salem Area Historical Society’s 4th Annual Country Fair and Flea Market was held on the grounds of the Jarvis-Stone School at North Territorial and Curtis Roads from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  This event featured craft & flea market tables that covered a broad spectrum of items for sale.  In addition, there was food and drinks as well as baked goods from our bake sale available to purchase throughout the day. Several special baskets were raffled off.  

2011 October Meeting 

On Wednesday, Oct. 26th, SAHS held a General Membership Meeting with a presentation by Susan Nenadic entitled "Seeing the Elephant:  Female Soldiers and Spies in the Civil War".   Nenadic taught history and English in Saline Area Schools. Since her retirement in 2004, she has taught women's history for non-credit programs at WCC, the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University.  Her presentation confirmed that women participated in the Civil War in many ways including being soldiers and spies.  The audience of over twenty included many non-SAHS members.


Eagle Scout Project

On Saturday, October 15th, and Sunday, October 16th, Nicholas Dunklee and his team worked at the Salem Area Historical Society Property restoring the baseball diamond on the north end of the lot.  Nicholas began his Eagle Scout Project by approaching the SAHS this spring and developed the project over the summer.  His team cleared and leveled all of the ground east of the barn to Curtis Road on Saturday.  On Sunday, they seeded the area, installed two team benches along the first base line, scrapped and painted the backstop.  Nicholas has also acquired a home plate and three bases to be used on the diamond. 


A big thanks goes to Nicholas and the scouts for the successful completion of another Eagle Scout Project for SAHS.  This is the third such project in the last few years.  THANKS!!!! 



Jarvis Stone School Local Historic District

The Salem Area Historical Society began the process to obtain a Washtenaw County Local Historic District (LHD) designation for the Jarvis Stone School, the Dickerson Barn and the associated property.  The creation of a LHD Study Committee was approved by the Salem Township Board of Trustees, the Washtenaw County Historic District Commission and the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners.  The LHD Study Committee is comprised of Jean Bemish, Terry Cwik, Sue DiMilia, Helen Gierman, Jane Griffith, Marie Turppa, Marcia Van Fossen and Nancy Snyder, WCHDC Chair, as liaison to the WCHDC along with Melissa Milton-Pung and Cynthia B. Christensen, staff to the WCHDC.  This Study Committee began the process of gathering information to be used in writing the Study Committee Report.


2011 Annual SAHS Christmas Party

The Salem Area Historical Society 2011 Events concluded on December 4th with its Annual Membership Christmas Party.  This event attended by twenty-four members was graciously hosted by Paul Uherek and was the perfect social event to close out a very successful 2011 year for SAHS.  The honoree for 2011 was Marcia Van Fossen.

It was a great afternoon of friendship shared in a great setting.


2011 Comminuty Foundation of Plymouth Grant

On Monday, December 19th, the Community Foundation of Plymouth (CFP), represented by Kathy Aznavorian and William Lawson, presented a $1,000 grant check to the Salem Area Historical Society (SAHS) for the Jarvis Stone School Michigan State Historic Marker Project.  SAHS started the process to obtain the state historic marker. The Salem Area Historical Society feels that an historic designation is fitting because the school is a fine example of the one-room schoolhouses that were the initial foundation of public education in Washtenaw County.  In addition, the Jarvis Stone School is even more unique in that it is constructed of fieldstone.



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