Last week I headed over to our local museum at The John Hay Center to research the history of our new-to-us 1886 building.  

Since learning that the original owner of our building was James A. Kemp, founder of The Salem Leader, Jeremy Elliott also found an antique book with a J. A. Kemp stamp in it.  Apparently, our bookstore site was originally a bookstore, stationary, and wallpaper store, as well as home to the newspaper!


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