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Salem Area Historical Society

Preserving the Past for the Future

Salem, MI   |  www.SAHShistory.org

Mission

Salem Area Historical Society preserves Historical Buildings, Artifacts and Historical Accounts of Salem Township Michigan and its residents.

Ruling year info

1981

President

Mr. Terry Cwik

Main address

PO Box 75011

Salem, MI 48175 USA

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EIN

38-2141250

NTEE code info

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

History Museums (A54)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The Salem Area Historical Society is working to preserve the history of Salem Township, Michigan, and to make that history available to the public.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Dickerson Barn

Restoration and maintenance of Washtenaw County's Oldest Barn (1830) on the property of Salem Area Historical Society.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The SAHS has created an Excel SAHS Archive Database file. This file is a multi-worksheet file where the worksheets define the metadata for the records and contain the metadata for the records. Included in the entry for each record is a thumbnail file of the scanned record.

The Records / Artifacts Review and Cataloguing will be composed of the following main tasks:
• Review the records and artifacts of the SAHS, which are contained in the South Salem Stone
• Organize and catalog the records and artifacts of the SAHS
• Scan or photograph the records and artifacts of the SAHS
• Create the metadata for each record/artifact and enter it into the Excel SAHS Archive Database file
• Make the records and artifacts of the SAHS available online via the SAHS Website and/or at a kiosk
• Create and/or Update the Instruction Files on how to maintain the SAHS Archive Database file

Population(s) Served
Adults

This project involve the researching and documenting the farmers and farming techniques Salem Township from 1825 until 1900. The first American settlers of Salem were John Dickerson, Joseph Dickerson and Mrs. Amy Dickerson, all natives of New York, who left Seneca County in 1825, and located on land in sections 13 and 14, in the fall of that year. In 1827, Dickerson built the first log barn ever erected in the township, and three years later (1830) constructed the first frame barn. The goals of this project are:

• To create a plan for the Exhibit on Salem Township Farmers and Farming History from 1925 to 1900
• To create the content of the displays for this exhibit
• To identify the equipment to be included in the exhibit
• To write a grant proposal to fund the acquisition of the displays and equipment
. To create and procure the Banners for the exhibit
. To hang the exhibit in the Dickerson Barn
. To maintain the exhibit in the Dickerson Barn

Population(s) Served
Adults

This project involves the procuring and documenting the oral history of the South Salem Stone School. In 1827, the Territorial Legislature of Michigan passed a law that required every township in Michigan with fifty or more inhabitants to employee a schoolmaster “of good morals to teach reading, writing, English, French, arithmetic, spelling and decent behavior.” A school was built of unhewn logs on the corner of North Territorial Road and Curtis Road in 1829. In 1857, the Salem School District No. 3 built a one-room stone schoolhouse on the opposite corner to replace the log school. This South Salem Stone School was used continuously as a one-room schoolhouse for 110 years. In 1964, the Michigan State Legislature passed Public Act 289, whose goal was to eliminate primary school districts in the state through a process of mandatory annexation. In September 1965, the South Salem Stone School voted to be annexed into the Plymouth School District. That school district closed the South Salem Stone School after the completion of the 1966-67 school year. At its closing, it was the oldest existing school in Washtenaw County.

Since it has been 50 years since it closed, it will soon be too late to undertake an oral history of the school. Currently, SAHS has contact information for over 15 students and one former teacher. This project would involve researching and expanding a contact list for oral history interviews, preparing for the interviews, conducting the interviews, writing a summary report and archiving the project.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Maintain the 1857 one-room stone school house, South Salem Stone School District #3, that was used from 1857 to 1067. It is part of the Jarvis Stone School Local Historic District and is the headquarters for the Salem Area Historical Society.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Barn of the Year 2021

Michigan Barn Preservation Network

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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To preserve, archive and inform others on the history of Salem Township Michigan and its surrounding historically-associated connections while maintaining the Jarvis Stone School Local Historic District.

Salem Area Historical Society (SAHS) will inform others on the history of Salem Township Michigan by:
1.) Annually holding 4 to 6 meetings that will include an historical presentation
2.) Acquiring and maintaining historical information and artifacts related to Salem Township
3.) Hosting open houses to explain the Stone School (Built 1857) and the Dickerson Barn (Built 1830)
4.) Maintain, publish and sell historical Monographs

SAHS will maintain the Jarvis Stone School Local Historic District by:
1.) Maintaining a society membership level of 40 or more entities
2.) Holding one or more annual fundraisers
3.) Maintaining a reserve fund to be used for the upkeep of the SAHS's historic structures

Salem Area Historical Society (SAHS) is a fully volunteer non-profit organization. All of its activities are run by volunteers. The volunteers are from a cross section of the citizens of the area of Salem Township, Michigan. The skills of the volunteers vary and are managed by the Board of Officers, which are elected annually. The SAHS Board of Officers is comprised of five volunteer (uncompensated) positions.

The progress of the Salem Area Historical Society to its goals as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year is as follows:

1.) The Jarvis Stone School Local Historic District was in compliance with the Washtenaw County Local Historic District Ordinance at the end of 2019.
2.) There are 62 SAHS Membership entities at the end of 2019
3.) SAHS held 7 historic presentations in 2019
4.) SAHS held 3 fundraisers in 2019
5.) SAHS has 17 Monographs in its collection at the end of 2019
6.) Jarvis Stone School Local Historic District was open 10 times to the public in 2019
7.) The reserve and general fund for the maintenance of the Jarvis Stone School Local Historic District totaled $85,000 at the end of 2019.
8.) SAHS has over 2,100 items from its archives digitized and available to the public via its Webpage.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

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Salem Area Historical Society

Board of directors
as of 02/23/2023
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Board chair

Mr. Terry Cwik

Sue DiMilia

Marlene Donoghue

Bryan Wirthlin

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes