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Since the 2023 Historical Character Event (Dinner with Henry and Friends) was a huge success, Salem Area Historical Society will be hosting a similar one on June 20, 2024.  This time it is Dinner with Harry & Bess (Truman).  For more information and to purchase tickets go to: D-H&B Tickets

Salem Area Historical Society has started a Fundraising Campaign to support its efforts to build a State Historical Marker Plaza for the marker that has been approved for the South Salem Stone School and the Dickerson Barn. For more information and to contribute go to:

We are pleased and proud to announce that the Salem Area Historical Society’s Dickerson Barn was named “Barn of the Year” for 2021 in the Non-Profit—Adapted to Other Uses Category by the Michigan Barn Preservation Network (MBPN).   MBPN – Barn of the Year   Dickerson Barn

The Salem Area Historical Society (SAHS) is a 501(c)(3) organization whose major function is to discover, collect and preserve any material that may help to establish or illustrate the history of the Salem Township area and to use this material to enhance the lives and knowledge of the citizens of Salem Township, Michigan.  Its Mission statement is “Preserving the Past for the Future.”

The Salem Area Historical Society, which consists of members from several communities, was founded in 1975 for America’s Bi-Centennial. The SAHS gained momentum in 1979 when it banded together for the purpose of obtaining and restoring the South Salem Stone School located at Curtis and North Territorial Roads in Salem Township. The one-room school was finally restored in 1995. It is used for SAHS meetings and events. Additionally, it is occasionally used for its original purpose, that of teaching youngsters.  In 1999, SAHS acquired the Dickerson Barn, the oldest barn in Washtenaw County.  From 2006 to 2008, SAHS raised the barn on its property at North Territorial and Curtis Roads.  In 2013, the SAHS property was designated by Washtenaw County as The Jarvis Stone School Local Historic District consisting of the 1857 Stone School and the 1830 Dickerson Barn.  In 2015, SAHS commissioned and dedicated five murals depicting the history of Salem Township from 1824 to 1900 and the  South Salem Stone School.

SAHS meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month usually at 7:30 PM. April, May, September and October meetings are at the South Salem Stone School.  January, February and March meetings are at the Salem Township Hall.

September/October will have the Annual Dinner / Auction Gala; the summer months a Yard Sale, Flag Day Parade and an Arts & Crafts Fair; September a Barn Dance  and December a Christmas Gathering.

You can generate a $0.01 donation to the Salem Area Historical Society for each Internet search that you do through Goodsearch when you use the following link:

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You can generate a donation to the Salem Area Historical Society for each Internet purchase that you do through Goodshop when you use the following link:

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Officers of Salem Area Historical Society

President – Cwik, Terry
Vice President – Wirthlin, Bryan
Secretary – Bernardino, Janet
Treasurer – DiMilia, Sue
Member At-Large –  Donoghue, Marlene

SAHS Membership Levels

Choose the level that works for you.

  • Lifetime (One Time) – $300.00
  • Business (Annual) – $50.00
  • Family (Annual) – $25.00
  • Individual (Annual) – $15.00
  • Senior Couple (65+ Annual) – $20.00
  • Senior (65+ Annual) – $10.00

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A donation to the SAHS supports the work that will be done on behalf of the community to preserve and share local history.  SAHS is a 100% volunteer non-profit.