Salem Museum to open exhibit celebrating Salem’s place in sports history

Salem Museum to open exhibit celebrating Salem’s place in sports history


GO TOWARDS THE END OF THE WEEK. NOW OVER TO KIANNA TO SEE WHAT SHE HAS NEXT. ANCHOR: THANKS. SALEM VA IS HOME TO PRETTY MAJOR ATHLETIC CHAMPIONSHIPS LIKE THE NCAA DIVISION 3 CHAMPIONSHIP AND THE DIVISION 3 BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. ALL THIS MORNING, FRAN FERGUSON, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT THE SALEM MUSEUM IS THERE TO TALK ABOUT TWO NEW EXHIBITS THAT CELEBRATE IN THE HISTORY. GOOD MORNING. GOOD TO HAVE YOU HERE. THANK YOU. ONE IS THE TRAVELING SMITHSONIAN EXHIBIT CALLED HOMETOWN TEAMS AND HOW SPORTS SHAPE AMERICA. TELL US ABOUT THAT EXHIBIT. WE’VE BEEN WORKING TO BRING THEM TO THE ROANOKE VALLEY AND THINK THERE ARE A FEW PEOPLE WHO LIKE IT. IT IS JUST A COUPLE. AND IT IS WITH THOSE WITH ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT SPORTS AND IT REALLY CELEBRATES ALL KINDS OF SPORTS AND HOW MUCH WE LOVE THEM. HOW THEY IMPACT OUR CULTURE AND IMPACT OUR DAILY LIVES. TRAVELING MUSEUM. IT OPENS ON THE 21ST OF THIS MONTH AND GOES THROUGH 4TH OF JANUARY. AND WANT PEOPLE TO PUT IT OFF AND THEY HAVE THAT TIME. AND THEN PUT THAT ON THE CALENDAR AND ANOTHER EXHIBIT CALLED CHAMPIONS GALLERY. WHAT CAN XEE EXPECT TO LEARN WITH THAT ONE? THAT IS ON OUR LOCAL FOCUS. SO SALEM PUTS A LOT OF EFFORT AND RESOURCES INTO THE SCHOOLS AND INTO THE SPORTS FACILITY AND WHAT HAPPENS, WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR SALEM’S CHAMPIONS IN AGLETICKS AND IN ACADEMICS AND THE ARTS AND PROFESSIONAL LIFE. AND AT THIS POINT WE HAVE FOUND AND CAPTURED THE STORIES OF THE DIFFERENT CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS AND FOUND THOSE THAT ACHIEVED IN A VARIETY OF WEIGHS. THAT IS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE. THAT’S A LOT. IT’S A LOT. ABSOLUTELY. AND ARE YOU HOSTING THESE EXHIBITS NOW? WHY NOW? WE WANT TO TELL SALEM’S STORY. IT IS ABOUT EDUCATION AND SPORTS TOURISM AND IT BRINGS A LOT OF MONEY HERE. WE HOPE TO PLAY’S ROLE IN ATTRACTING ADDITIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS TO SALEM. I WOULD SAY SALEM HAS THIS VERY HIGH REGARD FOR BEING THE CHAMPIONSHIP CITY. YOU HOST A WHOLE LOT AS YOU MENTION. HOW SIGNIFICANT IS IT WITH THE CHAMPION CITY TO OUR AREA? IT IS HUGE. IT IS REALLY HUGE AND ONE OF THE THINGS I BROUGHT WITH ME WAS THIS FOOTBALL SIGNED BY ALL THE MOUNTAIN UNION PLAYERS FROM THE VERY FIRST STAG BOWL. WE HAVE SEVERAL OF THESE WITH ALL THE SIGNATURES AND ALL OF THE TEAM MEMBERS. BUT IT JUST MAKES A LOT OF DIFFERENCE AND IT IS NOT JUST MENS SPORTS BUT WOMENS SPORTS AS WELL. THEY’RE PLAYING ALL OVER SALEM AND ALL OVER THE ROANOKE VALLEY. THIS IS NOT JUST THE SALEM STORY. THIS IS SOMETHING ALL OF ROANOKE VALLEY CAN COME AND BE PROUD ABOUT. TELL US ABOUT THIS JERSEY HERE. THIS IS PROBABLY MY FAVORITE ARTIFACT WE’LL HAVE IN THE EXHIBIT. THIS IS FOR THOSE WHO REMEMBER THE REMEMBER THE TITANS GAME IN 1971. SALEM’S HIGH SCHOOL WAS PLAYING TC WILLIAMS FOR THAT STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AND THIS IS THE ACTUAL INJURIESY THAT SHE’S SPRINKLED AND THIS IS ONE OF THE ABSOLUTE STASER OF THE TEAM THAT SEASON. AND HE DONATED HIS JERSEY TO US AND THIS IS THE ONE WORN IN THAT GAME IN FRONT OF 18,000 SPECTATORS IN VICTORY STADIUM. THAT’S AWESOME! I WAS SO EXCITED. I REMEMBER WHEN THAT MOVIE CAME OUT AND AT THE BOTTOM IT SAID ROANOKE, VIRGINIA! AND I WAS LIKE THAT’S WHERE I LIVE! WHAT ABOUT THIS? THIS IS JUST FUN! BAND KIDS JUST LOVE THE BAND AND SO THIS IS A HELMET, ONE OF THE FIRST BAND HELMETS FROM SALEM HIGH SCHOOL WHEN IT OPENED IN 77. SO WE’RE CELEBRATING SPORTS AND ARTS AND ALL ACADEMICS WITH 14 YEARS OF FORENSIC CHAMPIONS. IT’S NOT PEOPLE THAT DO DEAD BODY THINGS BUT PUBLIC SPEAKING IS WHAT THAT IS ABOUT AND WE HAD THE STATE CHAMPIONS FOR 14 YEARS STRAIGHT. AND WHEN CAN WE CHECK THIS OUT AT THE SALEM MUSEUM? SEPTEMBER 21ST. ALL RIGHT. AND THIS IS A NEW PERMANENT EXHIBIT. FANTASTIC! THESE ARE DETAILS THERE TO CHECK OUT. WONDERFUL THINGS TO SEE AND LEARN ABOUT AND APPRECIATIVE OF TAKING YOUR TIME TO TELL US ABOUT IT THIS MORNING! THANK YOU. AND STILL TO COME ON LIVING

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