Please consider a donation to Salem Historical Church.  Each dollar is carefully spent to preserve the church to the Glory of God.  We are grateful for those who settled on the prairie to farm and raise their families through many hardships.  Our hope is that Salem Church will continue to stand for generations to come.    

Check out the brochure from this year's Salem Fest found on the Fest 2022 tab above.  The topic was 'The Glory days of Camp Revival Meetings'.  

Our beloved Lowell Gess has passed to his heavenly reward.  His obituary can be found under the SALEM FEST 2017 tab.   He will be sadly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. 

We have three videos below full of Salem history.  The Salem Christmas video was created in December of 2020 to take the place of our annual Christmas program.  The next video is about Lowell Gess and his fight against Ebola in Sierre Leone.  The third one was produced by Appleton Public TV Channel 10 in 1997.  It features Bill Holm (now deceased), an author and public speaker as well as some of our own Salem people.  We hope you enjoy watching these!  

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Salem Christmas 2020

Salem Christmas 2020

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Salem, a Story of a Country Church

Salem, a Story of a Country Church

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Salem Church Paynesville MN
Salem Church Paynesville MN

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.

 

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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.