WCHS Annual Meeting
On Saturday, November 12, at 6pm, the historical society will gather in the Depot Auditorium (206 S. College Ave.) for our annual members meeting and election. Food and beverages will be served. This year’s presentation will be delivered by retired attorney and life member, Drew Wright, over the nefarious history and reputations of former Salem residents, Horace and Delos Heffren. The stories and infamy of these two men are quite remarkable and shouldn’t be missed. We hope to see everyone there!
The John Hay Center is Open
The John Hay Center is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00am – 5:00pm
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2022 New Pricing Guide
Museum Guided Tour: $5.00 (Adults 12 & up) $3.00 (Kids 6-11)
Pioneer Village (Apr-Oct): $5.00 (Adults 12 & up) $3.00 (Kids 6-11)
The Depot (Apr-Dec): $5.00 (Adults 12 & up) $3.00 (Kids 6-11)
Complete Comprehensive Tour (Apr-Oct): $12.50 (Adults 12 & up) $7.50 (Kids 6-11)
Private & Public School Tours: $3.50 per student (Teachers free / 10 student minimum)
Scheduled Private/Reserved Museum Tours (Adults only/6 person minimum): $10.00 / $7.00 (members)
Group (10 or more) pricing and tour reservations are available.
*All regular tours are free for Life Members
*Children under 6 are free
For the safety of our staff and visitors, masks are recommended throughout the John Hay Center museum facilities. Please continue to practice social distancing whenever possible, and be sure to utilize hand sanitizers. Thank you for being mindful of everyone’s health and safety!
Preserving Washington Co. heritage for the past, present and future.
In 1965, with only 15 active members and $50.00, we became the benefactor of a former resident. Her generosity and that of hundreds of interested people (both monetary and volunteer) enabled us to build a facility known as the Stevens Museum. We also acquired the John Hay Birthplace., restored it to the 1840 period and placed it on the National Register for Historic Places.
The beautiful complex, known as “The John Hay Center” was dedicated in 1971, debt free. Later additions to the museum include opening the Dean Gallery on the 3rd floor, doubling the display space and building a two story wing to the library in 1984. The Pioneer Village on the grounds began in 1980 by moving and reassembling an authentic log cabin.
Our Genealogical Library is known nationwide for the outstanding collection of research material on local and affiliated history and is added to weekly by our staff, volunteers and patrons.