Researching, Preserving, and Showcasing the rich history of Salem, Ohio

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News and Events

Quakertown Trolley Update

Quakertown Trolley

We are so grateful for the many donations in support of a much needed replacement trolley.  Even though we are getting very close to our new trolley becoming a reality, we are still not done!


All donations of any size are welcome and greatly appreciated.  Money can be donated by sending a check payable to The Salem Historical  Society; OR you can scroll down to the donate button to make an electronic payment; OR just stop into our offices at the Dale Shaffer Library  during our office hours. Please note "Trolley Fund" on your check or online payment.

Pamper Your Pet

Gloria Judy with her pet

In conjunction with Salem Second Saturday, March 9 theme, "Pamper Your Pet," we opened our doors to the Shaffer Library gift shop for free photos taken with your pet while sitting in the phone booth displayed in the meeting room. 


Salem Second Saturday is a cooperative effort of Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Salem Partnership. In April "Smart in Salem" will give you the opportunity to expand your mind with creative activities and learning experiences.

Monthly Meeting

Gary Cornell, Author

March monthly meeting was held on March 12, 2019 with guest speaker Gary Cornell based on his book, 

“Dark Days: Tales of Disaster, Murder and Mystery in the East Liverpool Area.”


Our next Monthly Meeting will be held April 9, 2019 at 7pm in the Meeting Room in the lower level of the Dale Shaffer Library, Parking is available at the Municipal Parking lot on South Lundy.

The meeting begins with a short business meeting. Greeters and refreshments are available.


Link to videos of 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

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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.  

Special Events

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We schedule many events in conjunction with Salem activities including


  • Salem Second Saturdays
  • Salem Super Cruise
  • Parades


We invite you to visit us during these special events, which will be posted here on our website as they are scheduled.

Services

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.

Research

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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.

Membership

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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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