Help Salem Preserve Our Historical Places

Salem needs your help to update its 2010-2020 Historic Preservation Plan.

Historic buildings, sites and objects are reminders of a community's past and pieces of its "cultural identity." Familiar, beautiful landmarks provide an emotional anchor and a sense of orientation to the surroundings.

Tell us how you feel about Salem's history and how it is protected by taking the Historic Preservation Plan Survey, at the link below:

Complete the survey by September 30, 2019, and enter to win great prizes, including a year-long membership to Deepwood Museum and Gardens or a $50 gift card to W. Wallace Restaurant.

Historical preservation is important for many reasons, including economic, environmental, cultural and educational. Salem successfully completed most of the tasks from its existing Historic Plan, focusing on five goals:

  • Code improvements
  • Public education
  • Incentives (economic and recognition)
  • Survey
  • Heritage tourism

We've hired a qualified preservation consultant, Painter Preservation, to help the Historic Landmarks Commission assess the completed work. The consultant will also help create a needs assessment and updated goals and tasks for the next ten years. The work is supported by City staff and grant-funded by Certified Local Government, which promotes local historic preservation.

The Historic Preservation Plan Update will be completed in four phases over the next year:

Phase 1: Define the need (summer-fall 2019)

Phase 2: Develop the plan (winter 2019-2020)

Phase 3: Create action items (spring 2020)

Phase 4: City Council adoption (June 2020)

How can I get involved?

Take our survey. Throughout this process, you'll also have chances to share your views at open houses and through the Historic Landmarks Commission Stakeholder Advisory Committee.

Contact us

Kirsten StrausStaff AssistantCommunity Development Department