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Visit: 239 South Lundy Mail: 208 South Broadway Ave Salem Ohio 44460

Visit: 239 South Lundy Mail: 208 South Broadway Ave Salem Ohio 44460

Visit: 239 South Lundy Mail: 208 South Broadway Ave Salem Ohio 44460Visit: 239 South Lundy Mail: 208 South Broadway Ave Salem Ohio 44460Visit: 239 South Lundy Mail: 208 South Broadway Ave Salem Ohio 44460

News and Events

Accepting Nominations


We are accepting nominations for the 2020 ‘Citizens of Honor’ recognition. The criteria are for Salem-connected citizens, from the present or past, who have distinguished themselves with service to their community, their career, and/or to their country. We will honor them at the Annual Founders’ Day Dinner on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

Submit names along with a full description of the nominees involvement in the community and why you feel they deserve this honor.  Send completed nominations to the attention of Chairman Judi Allio, 208 South Broadway Ave, Salem, OH 44460 no later than March 1, 2020.

For further information or to obtain an application, please contact us by phone or email listed above. 

More information on calendar

Underground Railroad Tour


Next Quakertown Trolley Underground Railroad tour:  

Saturday, February 8   11am

Cost is $15.00 a person. 

Call 330-337-6733 to reserve your participation. Your call will be returned.

The tour will last approximately an hour with loading at 239 South Lundy Street and a minimum is necessary.

Members from North-Mar Church came for the Underground Railroad tour and were one of the first groups to take the tour in the new Quakertown Trolley. They saw homes of the Underground Railroad hiding places and saw slides that clarified the historical information presented during the program.

Click here for more information.

Monthly Meeting


Our Monthly Meeting Room will be empty for break during January and February, resuming again in March. The museum volunteers wish you a happy and healthy 2020. Stay warm and safe and we hope to see you all again when the crocuses bloom. 

During this time, if you think of any person or group who would present a meaningful program for our meetings, please let us know. Call us (330) 337-8514, or send us a contact form with information. Any topic relating to Salem or surrounding areas that gives us a better historical understanding of our past would be welcome.

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.  

Salem Second Saturday


Next Event:

February 8, 2020 - "Share the Love"
Taste and enjoy downtown while shopping for Valentine’s Day.

We will be participating in this event.  Our gift shop will be open from 10am - 1pm.

More details will be posted here.


Salem Second Saturday is a cooperative effort of Downtown Salem Partnership and Salem Area Chamber of Commerce.


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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