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 Jarvis 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 Jarvis 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 Stone School. January and February meetings are at the Salem Township Hall.
In lieu of the monthly meeting, March has the Annual Dinner Gala; the summer months a Yard Sale, Flag Day Parade and a Croquet Match; September a Barn Dance and December a Christmas Gathering.
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Contact SAHS via email at: Salem_Area_HS@yahoo.com
Officers of Salem Area Historical Society
President – Cwik, Terry
Vice President – Van Fossen, Marcia
Secretary – Whiteside, Kim (Primary)
– Donoghue, Marlene (Secondary)
Treasurer – DiMilia, Sue
Member At-Large – Griffith, Jane