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Salem Second Saturday

Reading Makes you Smart

We encourage you to continue the Salem Second Saturday monthly theme of “Smart in Salem." 

Encourage your family to learn by buying a book at the Salem Historical Society gift shop, 239 South Lundy Avenue. We have a wealth of books, both fiction and non-fiction about Salem and surrounding areas for all grade levels. This includes used books and old Salem High School annuals. Come and browse our eclectic collection of books - you may find a real gem!

Taking Reservations

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49th Annual Founders’ Day Celebration

Tuesday, April 30 - 5pm - Dinner at 6pm

Salem Community Center, North Ellsworth

Tickets - $25/person, dinner reservations accepted through April 23.  

Call (330) 337-6733 or use the donate button below and notate that the donation is for "Founders Day Tickets".

2019 Citizens of Honor:

  • Karen Lehwald Carter
  • Don Weingart
  • Richard Wootten

Click here to read their bios

Link to Calendar for more information

Monthly Meeting


The next Monthly Meeting will be held Tuesday, May 14th at 7pm with the author Jane Ann Turzillo who will give a presentation from her book "Wicked Women of Ohio." 

This event is held 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


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

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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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