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News and Events

Ghost Dinner & Walk


Friday, Oct. 25, 2019   

You are invited to an evening of dining and telling of ghostly tales.  During dinner you will be acquainted with Salem’s local folklore, tales, myths and legends.  Following dinner we will explore the downtown streets of Salem, telling of Salem’s “haunted” past.

- Doors open at 6pm

- Dinner served at 6:30pm

- Cost: $25 per person

Limited Seating

- Call 330-205-3923 for reservations no later than Oct. 20th

Ghost Trolley Tour


Next scheduled

2019 Ghost Trolley Tours:

Saturday,  Oct. 26  6pm,8pm,10pm

Cost is $15 per person

There are three occasions that riders exit the trolley and walk around, wear good walking shoes.

Call the reservation number 330-205-3923 to schedule your tour.

Click here for more info on our tours

Monthly Meeting


Next Monthly Meetings:  

Tuesday Nov. 12, 2019  7pm

We will be honoring our veterans.

Tuesday Dec. 10, 2019   7pm

A Christmas Celebration

More details to come.

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.  

We are on PBS!


A short program "Artists of the Gilded Age" is being aired on PBS highlighting beautiful buildings and works of art  in Northeast Ohio by local artisans and craftspeople. This clip includes an interview with historian and author, Don Mathews, who uses our resources for research.  It includes shots of our beautiful museum.  

Click here to view the recording!


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.

Mystery Item:

What is it?

Our museum gets many artifacts, some of which we do not see often. Can you guess what this is? Click below to see more photos and information on how to submit your responses.

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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