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208 South Broadway, Salem, OH 44460, US

Visit: 239 South Lundy Mail: 208 South Broadway Ave Salem Ohio 44460

Visit: 239 South Lundy Mail: 208 South Broadway Ave Salem Ohio 44460

Visit: 239 South Lundy Mail: 208 South Broadway Ave Salem Ohio 44460Visit: 239 South Lundy Mail: 208 South Broadway Ave Salem Ohio 44460Visit: 239 South Lundy Mail: 208 South Broadway Ave Salem Ohio 44460

News and Events

Underground Railroad Tour


In celebration of “Leap Year Day” we are offering a special UGRR tour: 

Saturday, February 29   11am

  • Cost is $29.00 for two 
  • Call  330-337-6733 to reserve a seat on a scheduled tour. Your call will be returned.

The tour lasts approximately an hour with loading at 239 South Lundy  Street. 

Click here to see more information about our Underground Railroad Trolley Tour.

Accepting Nominations


We are accepting nominations for the 2020 ‘Citizens of Honor’ recognition. The criteria are for Salem-connected citizens, from the present or past, who have distinguished themselves with service to their community, their career, and/or to their country. We will honor them at the Annual Founders’ Day Dinner on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.
Submit names along with a full description of the nominees involvement in the community and why you feel they deserve this honor.  Send completed nominations to the attention of Chairman Judi Allio, 208 South Broadway Ave, Salem, OH 44460 no later than March 1, 2020.
For further information or to obtain an application, please contact us by phone or email listed above.
More information on calendar

Monthly Meeting


Our Next Monthly Meeting in the lower level of Dale Shaffer Research Library is scheduled for

Tuesday, March 10, 2020   7pm. 

“Pioneer Paper Mills of Little Beaver Creek” presented by Craig Wetzel, Historian

After a short business meeting, local historian Craig Wetzel will discuss the paper mills built on the banks of Little Beaver Creek in St. Clair Township in the year 1806.

Refreshments will be served after the presentation.  The public is invited to attend.

Click here for more information on our Calendar.

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.  

CCCTC Helps With Display


Two large oil murals on canvas that hung in Salem Farmer’s Bank since its construction in 1946 have a new home with the Salem Historical Society in the Dale Shaffer Building, upper level. Students in Mr. Bricker’s Construction Tech Class at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center created frames and prepared the murals for mounting.

Read more on our Blog Page


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.

Let us host your next special event!

Several choices of location and setup

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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