Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Salem Christmas program has been cancelled for 2020. In its place, we invite you to enjoy a video with a special Christmas message which will be available on this website, www.salemhistoricalchurch.com, and on Face Book and YouTube by December 19. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please send a message to or use the contact form which can be found under the tab MORE. Until we see you again in person, may the true spirit of Christmas season shine in your hearts and give you peace.
Thank you for your memorials and donations that help to maintain the Salem Church & Cemetery. We count on two offerings a year (August Salem Fest & the Christmas Program) to pay annual expenses such as insurance, lawn mowing & utilities. If you would like to make a donation, please mail a check made out to: Salem Historical Church, c/o Vicki Jenniges, 38444 512th Ave, Paynesville MN 56362. Thank you!
A couple of things are new on this website. If you hold your cursor over the HISTORY tab, you will see the line 'Salem, a Country Church video. This is the video produced in 1997 by Channel 10 PBS, narrated by Bill Holm. We are excited to have it available for all to see.
Another new feature can be found on the tab 'CEMETERY INFO'. Click on Cemetery Records and you will see Excel spreadsheets of the West and East side burials in Salem Cemetery complete with birth and death dates.
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SALEM HISTORICAL CHURCH
On January 3, 1998, the name was officially changed to 'The Salem Historical Church & Cemetery Association, Inc'. The non-profit corporation has IRS 501(c)(3) status. Donations made to the Salem Church are tax deductible.
In 1997 after a 30 year absence, a Christmas program was held at Salem Church. Two new furnaces were installed and now an old-fashioned Christmas program can again be held each year. People bring gifts of food for the local food shelf and enjoy creating new traditions with their families.
Salem Church is visible to all for miles around. This photo was taken from the top of the Wegner's silo just a mile to the north.
Salem Church was closed to regular Sunday worship services in 1968. Many weddings are still held each year at the church and an occasional funeral.
The folks in this hot air balloon had a great view of Salem one fine September day.