I spent the day in Salem, NJ doing some fieldwork as I get started on a research project related to late 20th century transformations in rural towns. It’s the first time I’ve walked Salem’s streets and I had a productive day, finding helpful staff members at the Historical Society, Courthouse, Sheriff’s Office and elsewhere. They were all great and the county historical Society has strong research collections and a fine staff. Whenever you are getting started on some new study, its great to have people help orient you to a new community.
Here are a few photos from today’s visit and as the town has lots of interesting architecture and history I will grab more on future visits. The top two photos show the old county courthouse on the last day of May 2013 and the bottom two are of the insane asylum outside of town.