Village People of West Salem

Sharon Fuller, President
420 Tilson Street North
West Salem, WI  54669
(608) 786-0886

The mission of the Village People of West Salem is to engage the community in identifying and facilitating projects for growth and development, beautification, historic preservation, and community awareness of the benefits of proactive planning. Our primary focus is on the revitalization of downtown, capturing the spirit and uniqueness of the past, present and future of our community.


Talking School Bus Enterprises, Inc.

Talking School Bus Enterprises Inc., the book follows “Dr. E’s” daily route, told from the point of view of Bus #9. Brightly illustrated by Whitney Schmucker and designed for ages 3 to 7, the story goes over bus safety, simple facts and the excitement of the ride.  From minister to psychologist, missionary to bus driver, the Rev. Richard Erickson has held many titles and performed many roles, with his latest — children’s book author — inspired by a bit of each.  “It’s a fun book about all the adventures you go on riding the school bus,” Erickson said. “Kids are looking at these tin boxes and wondering what they are and how do I get on one — they’re fascinated by it. The big kids don’t care — they’re on it every day — but it’s kind of a page-turner for a 7-year-old.”

Half of the proceeds of “School Bus #9: Welcome Aboard” will stay stateside to help fund extracurricular activities or school sports costs for underprivileged local students.

School Bus #9
Talking School Bus Enterprises Inc
960 West City Hwy 16, Suite 207
West Salem, WI 54669


Talking School Bus Enterprise Inc is a non-profit 501(C)3 corporation registered with the IRS. Proceeds from the sales of books go to help children.



West Salem Historical Society

West Salem Historical Society
99 East Jefferson Street
West Salem, WI  54669
(608) 786-1675

West Salem, WI is a small, friendly community that is big on history, with several homes listed on the National Register of Historic places. Founded in 1851, West Salem is the birthplace and home of the Pulitzer Prize winning author Hamlin Garland. An annual event, Garland Days, held each September, celebrates the life of this community’s favorite son.

Two historic homes in West Salem, share an unusual octagonal shape. Other historic homes and structures throughout the community help to add to the visual charm of West Salem.

The Hamlin Garland Homestead, is open for tours from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Admission is $1.00 for adults, .50 for children, or $2.50 maximum per family.

357 West Garland Street
West Salem, WI  54669
(P) 608-786-1675