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Found in WSLS-TV (Roanoke, VA) News Film Collection, 1951 to 1971 1969 March

WSLS-TV Reporter Bill Mason Describes the History and Future of the Longwood Building in Salem, Va.

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The WSLS-TV News Film Collection, 1951-1971, comprises anchor scripts and 16mm news film created by Roanoke, Va., television station WSLS. A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities funded the preservation and digitization of this collection.

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1 min., 29 sec.
WSLS-TV reporter Bill Mason recounts the history of the Longwood Community Center in Salem, Va. Constructed by Thomas Henry Cooper in 1904, the 18-room mansion burned down in a fire on November 19, 1968. In order to preserve the remaining antiques, firefighters are still in the process of carefully removing the wooden furniture. The Longwood Community Center served as the meeting center for many organizations that have since relocated to the Salem Roanoke Valley Civic Center. According to Mason, Salem City Manager William J. Paxton, Jr., says the future use of the Longwood Community Center will be outlined in a downtown development plan to be released July 1969.
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