Extoling One Town’s Rich History

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New book explores the iconic heritage and long history of a small West Virginia town

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Many towns have a deep and colorful history. However, few towns are fortunate enough to have a dedicated chronicler who endeavors to share that history with the world. The new book Salem West Virginia 1776 ~ 1976 (published by AuthorHouse) by teacher and local historian Dorothy Belle Davis is a compilation of a series of articles she wrote about her beloved town of Salem, West Virginia.

The town of Salem was founded by a group of settlers from New Jersey only three years after the ratification of the United States Constitution. Its charter was granted by the Virginia State Assembly in 1794. Salem West Virginia 1776 ~ 1976 tells the story of how one town, born in the fertile ground of a brand new nation, grew up and weathered the challenges that its residents would face.

A compilation of articles published in The Salem Herald between 1976 and 1977, Salem West Virginia 1776 ~ 1976 displays the kind of strong research and attention to detail that historians strive for. However, not just chronological listing of dates and names, Salem West Virginia 1776 ~ 1976 strives to capture and display the spirit that embodied its founding and maintained this community through some of the most turbulent periods on American history.

Salem West Virginia 1776 ~ 1976 not only delves into how the major events of the nation, and even the world, affected the community of Salem, but how the community functioned on a day to day basis. Social Clubs, annual festivals and events and the town’s progress and growth are all topics discussed by Davis in great detail. As such, Salem West Virginia 1776 ~ 1976 is not only a window into one town’s history, but a beautifully written glimpse into the evolution of American society.

About the Author
Dorothy Belle Davis was a lifelong resident of Salem. After finishing her master’s degree, she returned to her home of Harrison County, W.Va. Active in the community, she was an educator in the Salem area for almost 40 years. Davis is also the author of The History of Harrison County and John George Jackson. Davis passed away in 2004, but she left an enduring legacy in the students that she taught and the books that she wrote.

For more information about the author, contact Patricia J. Carder at pjdc6(at)frontier(dot)com.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing provider, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. For more information, visit http://www.authorhouse.com.


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