Fort New Salem created a program to recognize volunteerism.  It is called the “Thanks-Giving” Wall.

This “Thanks-Giving” wall recognizes honorees for the various ways they have contributed to Fort New Salem. Regardless if it was leadership, volunteerism, board service, historic interpretation, in kind service or financial donation, all have exemplified humanitarianism. We are grateful for their support which had a positive impact on Fort New Salem and her mission of “Passionately Preserving Our Appalachian Heritage.

Class of 2023

David Cutlip – Supporter and Former Board Member – David was instrumental in attaining multiple cabins to relocate to our campus. He also was project manager on numerous reconstructions and restorations. David was a key fund raiser and loved the roll of our store keeper.

Class of 2019

Walter Williams – Founding Board Chair – Walter led us in the process of developing our bylaws, creating our articles of incorporation and attaining our 501C3 status.

Jeffrey “Jeff” Wyne – Supporter – Jeff has spent decades at Fort New Salem as an historic interpreter and educator, spending significant time in the print shop and with paper marbling.

George “Gabby” Brooks – Supporter –  Gabby has spent decades at Fort New Salem as an historic interpreter and educator.  He is a fixture in our blacksmith shop.

Class of 2018

Judge John S. Kaull – Supporter and Former Board Chair – Through Judge Kaull’s leadership, the Fort New Salem Foundation was able to attain ownership of Fort New Salem from Salem International University in 2005.

Clarence “Willie” & Mary Mutschelknaus – Supporters and Current Board Member – Willie, Mary and their family have been generous supporters of Fort New Salem. Serves on the board of directors.

Class of 2017

Becky Nesbitt – Supporter and Former Board Member – Becky has spent decades at Fort New Salem as an historic interpreter and educator. She is a versatile volunteer.

Linda Sigismondi – Dulcimer Festival Director – Linda has served as the director since the inception of this festival in 1989.

David Johnson – Supporter – David was an historic interpreter portraying Der Belsnickel for many years. During his life he donated to support Fort New Salem and generously contributed posthumously.

Class of 2016

John Randolph – Founder – Professor John Randolph created the concept of an outdoor living history classroom and museum for Salem College. He led the development of our campus and was its original director. John’s goal was to preserve the Appalachian heritage of our region. Starting with a concept in the late 1960’s, Fort New Salem was officially opened in 1974.