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***We invite you to join us for the annual old-fashioned Christmas program on December 14, 2019.  There will be horse-drawn wagon rides beginning at 3 p.m. until 4:15.  The nativity program begins at 4:30.  You are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the Paynesville Community Center.  An offering will be taken for the restoration and upkeep of Salem Church and Cemetery.  Refreshments will be served and everyone gets a goodie bag of treats to take home!  Alternate date in case of bad weather is December 21.  Salem is located 4 miles north of Paynesville at 28547 220th St.   


***Thank you to all who support Salem Church!  We were blessed with a lovely day for this years' Salem Fest. A couple 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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On January 3, 1998, the name was officially changed to 'The Salem HistoricaChurch 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.