Stevens Memorial Museum

Built in 1970 as a memorial to preserve community history, the Stevens Memorial Museum is the centerpiece of the John Hay Center. The two and one-half story building was built using bricks from various historic structures in Salem.

The main exhibit area includes special sections devoted to early lawyers, a dentist’s office and one of the town’s earliest and most popular confectionaries.

In addition to thousands of items related to southern Indiana history, the museum contains and extensive genealogy and historical library which draws researchers from all over the United States. The library contains many family histories, church, cemetery and census records, obituaries, newspaper clippings, old photographs and other information.

The library is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday though Saturday.

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