In this episode, we were honored to have Virginia Green join us. As a newcomer to Salem, Virginia visited the Salem Public Library to learn more about the town into which she moved in her retirement. There she became involved with the very new project, Salem Online History, that was beginning to chronicle Salem's history through old photographs which would be accessible to the public from the Library's website. As a former history teacher, she delved into researching information to accompany the photographs. Thus began her love affair with the history of Salem, and her ongoing efforts for Salem residents to recognize and appreciate their historic treasures.
Joined by her son Thomas, Jr., she began developing blog websites to archive the results of her research and showcase the beautiful photographs Tom was taking of the historic properties in the area. In addition, she and Jim Scheppke, retired state librarian, hosted a radio show, "Your Salem Through the Years", on KMUZ for several years until recently, when they bequeathed their time slot to our new radio show, "Salem History Matters."
Virginia's blogs (all at Blogspot.com) include SHINE, Salem Heritage Network ; DISCOVER, Discover Neighborhood History; SALEM LIFELINES, profiles of women who helped settle the Willamette Valley; SALEMS MOVING HISTORY, stories behind the relocating of historic properties; MARION COUNTY 20, adventures in the 20 incorporated cities of Marion County. You can find links to all of Virginia's blogs on our "Links We Like" page.
Photo: Union Street Trestle/Pedestrian Bridge; Thomas Green, Jr.