In 1772, Salem Academy and College was founded on the revolutionary idea that girls and women deserve a rigorous education to prepare them to lead the way for a better world. Over the last 250 years, Salem has built upon this foundation and pushed boundaries for women, empowering them to be leaders by preparing girls and women from all around the world to affect change, shatter expectations, and lead through the challenges and triumphs of their times.
It is with great excitement and gratitude that we announce the year-long celebration to commemorate the 250th Anniversary of Salem Academy and College. Throughout the 2021-2022 academic year we will celebrate in many ways including opportunities to engage in inclusive reflections on our history and honoring the resilience, contributions, and experiences of those who paved the way.
We will honor our past as fuel to IGNITE our future.
COVID-19 Protocols for Events
Guests for the 250th events on the Salem Academy and College campus will be required to wear masks, and upon entry to campus show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (vaccine card) or a recent negative COVID-19 test result (obtained within 72 hours prior to the event). For the health and safety of the campus community, guests should not enter campus if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or illness or if they have had a close contact exposure resulting in the need to quarantine.
Save-The-Date Events in 2021-2022
Anna Maria Samuel Project: Historical Presentation and Community Panel—September 15, 2021
The Anna Maria Samuel Project will host a historical presentation and community panel that examines the history of enslaved and free Africans and African Americans in the town of Salem and at Salem Academy and College. Learn more about the Anna Maria Samuel Project: Historical Presentation and Community Panel event.
Anna Maria Samuel Project: Signage and Sisters Museum Unveiling, Walking Tour, and Commemoration of Enslaved Laborers—September 17, 2021
The Anna Maria Samuel Project will unveil new historical markers that tell the story of African Americans who were enslaved by the Salem Academy and College before Emancipation and those who continued to work at the school into the 20th century. At the same time, the Single Sisters Museum will be open for the community to view its newly updated panels and exhibits. Learn more about the Anna Maria Samuel Project: Signage and Sisters Museum Unveiling, Walking Tour, and Commemoration of Enslaved Laborers event.
An Evening for Salem: Honor the Past. Ignite the Future.—September 25, 2021
We will kick off our 250th year with a performance by the Winston-Salem Symphony in Salem’s Hanes Auditorium featuring “Gaudeamus,” a composition by Margaret Sandresky A’38 C’42. Join us for a festive Dinner Dance on campus (or host a simultaneous celebration in your own hometown as part of our Dining with Friends events) as we raise a toast to Salem’s legacy and cheer the bright future we see ahead of us. Click for details about the “Honor the Past. Ignite the Future.” event.
Journey from Bethlehem to Salem—September 28–October 26, 2021
Join with friends to walk for a day or two (or all 29 days) as we retrace the historic journey of the Single Sisters from Pennsylvania to North Carolina. This is a unique opportunity to reflect on and honor their courage and conviction as well as affirm the boundless potential of our community. Click for details about the “Journey from Bethlehem to Salem” event.
All Roads Lead to Salem: Community Day—March 26, 2022
Salem will welcome the entire community to our campus for a special day showcasing Salem’s academics, athletics, fine arts, and civic engagement—and the impact that Salem has on our community beyond the campus. Click for details about the “All Roads Lead to Salem” event.
Empower Women. Change the World: A Health Leadership Forum—April 21, 2022
Salem College’s inaugural Health Leadership Forum will present a selection of women in health leadership roles who are widely recognized as experts and innovators in their fields. Click for details about the “Empower Women. Change the World.” event.
Founders Day Convocation—April 22, 2022
The culmination of Salem’s 250th celebratory year will be the Founder’s Day Convocation followed by an evening celebration.
The Health Leadership Forum and Founders Day events will be in conjunction with Reunion Weekend for ALL classes on April 22–24, 2022.
Cherokee Commemoration—October, 2022
Postponed until October, 2022 due to travel restrictions for Cherokee Nation representatives.
A tribute event to thirteen Cherokee students who attended Salem between 1823-1870. Official representatives from the Cherokee Nation and descendants of the girls who attended the Salem Girls’ Boarding School will be special guests. Click for details about the “Cherokee Commemoration” event.
250th Celebration is a Team Effort!
The 250th Celebration will be a yearlong celebration involving alumnae, students, faculty, staff, community partners, and much more. This effort is far-reaching and will take an army of volunteers and leaders to help shine a light on Salem during this milestone year.
Lisa Herron Bankoff C’73
Ellen Todd Drew C’81
Laila Muhammad C’03
Rolonda Watts A’77
North Carolina Chairs
Niya Fonville C’05
Jenni Reinhardt Lynch A’77
Caroline Wannamaker Sink C’79
Gwynne Stephens Taylor C’72
Ginger Hendricks C’00
Liz Romo Kelly C’20
Annette Perritt Lynch C’75
Natasha Smith A’96
250th Steering Committee
Katherine Knapp Watts C’80, 250th Celebration Chair
Programming sponsored by the Anna Maria Samuel Project on Race, Remembrance, and Reconciliation (September 13–17, 2021)—Jessi Bowman C’18 and Shayla Herndon-Edmunds
Kick-off Concert—Martha Riggs Lowry A’79, C’91 and Amy Murray Orser C’69
Kick-off Dinner Dance—Brenda Fenton Gerding C’81 and Margaret Driscoll Townsend A’81
Kick-off Dining with Friends— Katie Blixt Cody A’00, Yanadira Mendez-Magana C’15, and Whitney Sierra Strong C’15
Journey from Bethlehem to Salem—Deana Bass Williams C’95
Cherokee Commemoration (October 4, 2021)—Paula Locklair
Community Day—Shari White Dallas C’83 and Andrea Falden Hulighan C’04
Health Leadership Forum—Ann Wilson Cramer C’66 and Jennie Smith McLaurin C’81
Reunion (April 22–24, 2022)—Beth Murray C’92 and Spence Brooks O’Neill A’97
History Play (April 23, 2022)—Rah Bickley A’83
Lovefeast (April 23, 2022)—Rev. Victoria Lasley C’14
Year-long Project Chairs
History Committee—Michelle Hopkins Lawrence and Cynthia Marvin
Academic and Student Affairs—Collier Lumpkin and Ashley Pearson
Alumnae Events—Abrea Armstrong A’09 and Karla Gort Fisher C’00
Young Alumnae Engagement—Fiona Johnson A’16, C’20 and Ashleigh Nelson C’20
Community Partnerships—BJ Buckland C’90 and Stephan Dragisic
Old Salem/ Moravian Partnerships—Johanna Metzgar Brown C’89
Marketing—Angel Coleman C’98 and Katherine Montgomery White C’02
Commemorative Items—Heather Morgan Zifchak C’93 and Ginger Harris Shuler C’77
Felicia Carey, Lee Ann Manning C’84, Ashley Tomlin C’05
Salem Board of Trustees 250th Subcommittee
Ellen Todd Drew C’81, Chair
Robin Howell A’79
Susan Lundeen Smith C’72
Mary Lou Ford Stott C’69
Staff Chair: Katherine Knapp Watts C’80
We will invite the participation of people from across the many groups that comprise Salem - both internal and external, alumnae and community partners, students, faculty and staff - to shine a bright light on the importance of Salem’s mission, values, and contributions - past, present, and future. If you have an interest in being involved in creating and implementing the 250th Celebration, please complete this volunteer form.
Save the Year! 2021-22 promises to be a great one!