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Salem Second Saturday


Saturday, July 13, will celebrate Salem’s own Alan Freed with live music events downtown.

We invite you to visit our museum to see an extended display that features the life and times of Alan Freed, who made history when he coined the phrase “rock ’n’ roll.” Freed, of course, was  the DJ and promoter who broke the musical color barrier on his radio  program and thereby opened the flood-gates for the evolution of rock. 

A  1940 graduate of Salem High School, Alan Freed died in 1965 at age 43.

You could be the winner...


During this year’s brainstorming meeting, a trustee suggested that for fun, the museum should have a contest where people try to guess unusual artifacts we have in the museum.  So from time to time we will post pictures to see if you can identify objects we have collected from Salem and related donors.  

Click here to see the photos and information on how to submit your responses.

We hope you win!

Monthly Meeting


The next Monthly Meeting on July 9, Presenter Leslie Heaphy, Associate Chair and Associate Professor in the History Department at Kent State University will speak on the topic, "The Negro Baseball League." Professor Heaphy has written several books on the history of baseball.

The meeting is open to the public. and takes place in the meeting room of the Dale Shaffer Library. 

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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