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News and Events

Christmas Light Decorations


We are once again asking the citizens in Salem for their HELP in locating area homes that have gone out of their way to share their Christmas Spirit with colorful and creative outdoor Christmas Lights for the “Trolley Light” Tours.

We want to feature these homes in  a spectacular Christmas Trolley ride that has become a favorite event for families and groups. 

Please call 330-337-8514 with tips of a home, what street, and possible homeowner’s name of a light display that you feel definitely should be seen and enjoyed by others.

Happy Thanksgiving


Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. It turns problems into gifts, failures into successes, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. It can turn an existence into a real life, and disconnected situations into important and beneficial lessons. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for Melody Beattie


Monthly Meeting


Next Monthly Meeting:  

Tuesday Dec. 10, 2019  7pm

            Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

The  Lords and Ladyes of Tapestries of Ohio, Inc. complete with period costumes, songs, and instruments of the Middle Ages and Renaissance will provide us our Christmastyme entertainment at the December Monthly Meeting.

Monthly Meetings are open to the public. Parking is available in the South Lundy Street lot across from the museum.

Click here to view videos of our past meetings

Museum Tours

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We have hundreds of special artifacts on display and over 12 rooms in our four buildings that offer theme contents. Sunday tours begin at the entrance to Pearce Building at 208 South Broadway.

Museum Tours are given from

May through the end of October  each Sunday from 1-4pm and every Second Saturday from 1-4pm. 

Both group and individual tours are also available by appointment.        

Click here for more information and pricing.

Trolley Tours


Each year, over 1,000 passengers including school children, out-of-town visitors, and residents take advantage of our various trolley tours:

  • The Underground Railroad
  • Ghost Tours
  • Christmas Lights Tours

with plans to add tours for Charles Burchfield and Alan Freed. 

The trolley participates in community events and is rented for weddings, birthdays, reunions, and other celebrations.

Click here for more information and pricing.  



This month we remember all of our veterans for their service, their willingness to put their lives on the line for our great country and our freedom.  We remember the many who paid the ultimate sacrifice. 

We are grateful for the men and women who are currently protecting us. Thank you for bravely doing what you’re called to do so we can safely do what we’re free to do.

May God continue to Bless America!


Museum Gift Shop

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The Museum Gift Shop is located on the lower level of the Dale Shaffer Research Library facing South Lundy and is open during our regular hours or by appointment. 

The gift shop offers Salem-related merchandise, some of which are exclusive.


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The Dale Shaffer Research Library has books and file cabinets full of articles, original documents, photos, and other archival material for almost any subject and many people related to Salem and the surrounding areas. 

Our staff is knowledgeable and willing to help.  Visit us during business hours or call to make other arrangements.


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Join us!  Benefits of membership:

  • Subscription to the "BUGLE" quarterly newsletter
  • Free access to our museum tours
  • Opportunity to vote and serve as an elected official or trustee 

Click here for more information.

For your next event, RENT our beautiful facilities

Reasonable Rates

Use your own caterer, photographer, musicians

Call us at 330-337-8514

Donate Now

The Salem Historical Society is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. While the museum gathers operating funds from museum tours and foundation grants, we largely rely on donations, both big and small from our membership and our community. These donations are always used wisely and are greatly appreciated. 

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