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March 2019

Mystery Scrapbook

2019-03-18T15:29:05+00:00March 17th, 2019|Categories: Artifact Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In 1983 a rather non-descript black photo album was donated to the Marion County Historical Society.  Only a third of the pages were filled [...]

Brochure: Rigdon’s New Colonial Chapel

2019-03-11T15:11:05+00:00March 11th, 2019|Categories: Archives Spotlight, Digital Collections|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Access digitized version of this pamphlet here. Rigdon's New Colonial Chapel The building at 299 Cottage St NE in Salem today [...]

Love Under Electric Lights

2019-02-14T10:39:43+00:00March 1st, 2019|Categories: History Tidbits, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“A Woman Just Divorced, Weds Her First Love Beneath the Glare of an Electric Light,” read the headline.  If they had had clickbait back [...]

February 2019

Mrs. A.L. Stinson

2019-02-13T11:15:50+00:00February 13th, 2019|Categories: History Tidbits, People|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Mystery photo remains unidentified, but still tells an interesting story of an early businesswoman in Salem:  Mrs. A.L. Stinson, also known as Sarah Watt [...]

January 2019

Electrifying Salem

2019-01-30T12:14:28+00:00January 30th, 2019|Categories: History Tidbits, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It started out as an easy question.  When was Salem first electrified?  In preparing for the museum’s upcoming exhibit – Yesterdayland: Innovations of the [...]

Finding New Music 100 Years Ago

2019-01-28T17:23:01+00:00January 28th, 2019|Categories: Artifact Spotlight, History Tidbits|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

How do you find music to listen to?  I was recently reflecting on the way music access has changed in my own life in the [...]