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


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.

Welcome New Members

John and Melissa Scheets, stand with membership chair, Joan Lora

Two of the newest members to the Salem Historical Society, John and Melissa Scheets, stand with membership chair, Joan Lora, holding the items they can select with their new annual membership.

We welcome new memberships to Salem Historical Society. When you become a member you will receive a copy of SPIRIT OF SALEM  "76" published in 1976 featuring "Events of Salem's History". 

Contact us for more information or click on the link below.

Link to Membership Info

Monthly Meeting

Gary Cornell

The video is now posted for the 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.” Use link below for video.

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

Image of Schell and Pearce Homes

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

Photo of Trolley

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


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.


Museum Gift Shop

Photo of Gift Shop

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.


Image of Library

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.


Image of Sample Membership Card

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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