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News and Events

Christmas Shopping?


Try our GIft Shop!  You can find out-of-the-ordinary gifts that reflect our historic Salem for the special people in your life!

New this year is a coffee mug reminiscent of Goldie Bell Taylor's memorial at Hope Cemetery.  And to go along with that, consider the book "Believe" by local author Karen Biery.  

Also new this year is a box of 10 quality cards depicting a wintry downtown Salem scene in the early 50's. These cards are beautiful and sure to please anyone who receives them.

Stop in, look around. The gift shop is open every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings 9-noon and during most meetings and activities at the museum.

Quakertown Trolley Light Tours


Saturday, Dec 21.  7pm 8pm* 9pm* 10pm*
Friday, Dec 27.    7pm.  8pm*.  9pm*
*Later times will be added as needed.

Cost: Adults: $6, Age 3-12: $3, Under 3 free

Reservations recommended - call 330-337-6733. Walk-ins welcome space permitting. Trips with less than 15 may be cancelled.  A visit to the Museum after the Trolley Ride is included.

Candlelight Tours of our Broadway buildings will be open to the public on select evenings and on the evenings of the Trolley Tours. $3/person. Members are free.
Click here to view the calendar for more information.

Monthly Meeting



Tuesday Dec. 10, 2019  7pm. 

"Christmas Cheer"

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. Bring your favorite dessert or appetizer to share.

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.  

Salem Second Saturday


On December 14, 2019, visit downtown Salem to enjoy holiday sales, carriage rides, and charming window displays.  

From 10am to 1pm, our gift shop (entrance at 239 South Lundy Avenue) will be open for unique local gifts, including the Salem Community 2020 Calendar.

We are also offering Victorian Christmas tours at our South Broadway entrance from 10am to 1pm. 

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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