The Salem Area Historical Society was founded in 1975 in preparation for the Nations Bicentenial. The first meeting was August 13 where a few Salemites fearing the stories and history of the area would soon be lost set to work collecting the stories of pioneer and present families, sites, and images .Their efforts produced a one hundred sixteen page History of Salem Township. Published in 1976 for the Bicentenial celebration it went along with an extensive display in a History house decorated with furniture, pictures, records and items of days long ago.
In 1978 deed was given to the SAHS to the Salem (Jarvis) South Stone School. Many in the group had attended this school in their earlier years. In poor repair from neglect and only owning the small bit of land it set on the group made plans to acquire more land and restore the building to its as remembered state. Now restored and with deed to a large lot we use it for our meeting and also occasionally as a real school. In 2005 one of the former students, Billy Kruse, donated the funds to build a representation of the wood shed that was at the site during his school days .
In 1998 the SAHS was approached by a business owner wanting to know if we would like to have an old barn that was on his property. Discovering it was built by one of Salem's earliest residents and perhaps one of the oldest barns in Washtenaw County plans to move it started. Evaluation showed the structure sound but cost to move beyond our limited means.By the fall off 1999 the owner wanted it gone and if we could not take it would be knocked down. Faced with that ultimatum a decision to take it down piece by piece and save it that way. A work force of all volunteer help (500 hours worth) in three weekends totally dismantaled the entire barn and removed it to storage. After a survey and proper foundation put in on our schoolhouse lot we hired a contractor, who reassembled the barn in 2007. After the barn is completed we can display representations of the early farm history of the area.
SAHS Officers Commitee Chairpersons
President: Terry Cwik Fund Raising: Terry Cwik
Audit / Finance: Sue DiMilia
Vice President: Marcia Van Fossen Dickerson Barn: Gilbert Terry
Jarvis-Stone School: Terry Cwik
Secretary: Cayce Kelly Programs / Events: Marcia Van Fossen
Treasurer: Sue DiMilia Membership: Terry Cwik
Historical / Archive: Gilbert Terry
Member At-Large: Pat Hatala Nominating: Sue DiMilia
Craft Fair: Marcia Van Fossen
Barn Dance: Terry Cwik
SAHS meetings are usually held on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm.
January meetings held at the Salem Township Hall.
February we have a fund raising dinner and auction Gala.
March meetings are held at the Salem Township Hall and include our annual election of officers.
April and May, meetings are held at the Jarvis-Stone School.
May is our Yard Sale.
Summer months of June, July and August we usually plan a croquet Match during a summer family picnic event.
August is our annual Craft and Art Fair.
September is our Barn Dance .
October meetings are held at the Jarvis-Stone School.
November conflicts with Thanksgiving but sometimes we have it the week earlier than normal.
December is our Christmas Gathering.
The Salem Area Historical Society is a recognized charitable, non-profit, tax-exempt orginization under section 501(c)(3) and recognized by the Internal Revenue Service.
Membership is open to all. A newsletter is sent out prior to each meeting with news and upcoming events.
SAHS Membership Application
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