The Salem Museum announces the opening of its newest feature exhibit, The Price We Paid: Salem and the Great War, on Saturday, June 16 and running through February, 2019. WWI re-enactors will be on hand on for the exhibit’s opening to provide a day full of living history. In addition, WWI experts will present talks about what soldiers experienced and endured in the Great War. Admission to the WWI Exhibit and related events is free.
This coming November marks a century since the end of WWI. The Price We Paid focuses on the wartime experiences of families and soldiers from Salem, but their experience represents the sacrifices made by residents throughout the Roanoke Valley and beyond in the fight for the world’s freedom. Salem distinguished itself in war service, but also paid a heavy price on the battlefield and the home front.
The exhibit features interactive designs, firsthand accounts, dramatic photographs, and never before seen artifacts, including a number of items on loan from the extensive collection of Dr. Lee Anthony, a retired Roanoke College professor and historian whose father served in WWI in the 80th Infantry Division. A short film, directed by Chloe Shelton in partnership with the Grandin Film Lab, provides insights into the war experience and eventual fate of an actual soldier from Salem through his letters home.