Salem Public Library has digitized and made the "Yesteryears" available and searchable online. Click here to check this out!

2016 Calendars are available in the Gift Shop.

Members can request a copy of our new bylaws by phone or email.

Office Hours
Monday, Wednesday,
Thursday  9am-noon

Offices are located in the upper level of the Dale Shaffer Research Library

Mailing Address:
208 South Broadway Ave
Salem, OH 44460

Sundays Tours 1-4pm
(May through October)

Tours are also available by appointment, call 330-337-8514

Tours begin at the rear door of the Pearce House in the old meeting room on Shaffer Way.

The Salem Historical Society
Main Entry for Meeting Room and Gift Shop in the lower level of
Dale Shaffer Research Library

239 South Lundy
Salem, OH
(330) 337 - 8514

....keeping and making history

The Salem Historical Society

The Salem Historical Society will be conducting a tag sale on February 19-20  at the Dale Shaffer Library meeting room, 239 South Lundy Avenue. 

Early bird admission on February 19 will be from 8-9am for a charge of $3.00 per person

Open to the public at no charge from 9 to 4 on Friday and 9 to 2 on Saturday.
Donations of items to sell as a fund raiser for the Sale for the Historical Society are still being welcomed. Items can be dropped off at the Museum Monday morning 9am-noon. Call the museum 330-337-8514 or 234-564-5329 if you need to make arrangements in dropping off items. Desired items include small pieces of furniture, collectibles, art work, books, antiques, and used household items. Please no clothing or electronic (TV) items.  Cash donations will be accepted if unable to donate sale items.

Your support is greatly appreciated. If you have questions regarding donations, call the Museum at 330-337-8514.
Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, 9am-4pm
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, 9am-2pm

Hermann Monument

in New Ulm, Minnesota

The Hermann Monument is topped with a 32 foot copper statue made by W.H. Mullins Manufacturing Company here in Salem.  The statue depicts Hermann the Cheruscan who defended Germania by defeating Roman Legions in the first century A.D.  It is the third largest statue in the United States, the first two being the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor and Portlandia in Portland, Oregon.

 The statue was shipped to New Ulm in pieces on a rail gondola in July 1889.  The photos show Mullins men with the statue.

Hermann Monument was dedicated in 1897.  In 1973, this monument was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.  In 2000, the 106th Congress of the United States designated the Hermann Monument to be an official symbol for the contributions of Americans of Germanic heritage.

 The Hermann Monument Society is dedicated to the conservation, interpretation, promotion, and development of this statue and has released a video about the Hermann Monument and has given us permission to share this with you.​

<-  Click this icon to watch the 8 minute video

Thanks to the City of New Ulm, the Hermann Monument Society  and to Flying Buttress Media for providing this video.

The Citizens of Honor display board can be viewed at the Pearce Building of the Salem Historical Society.

Historical Society Seeking Nominations for 2016 Citizens of Honor

The Salem Historical Society is seeking nominations for the 2016 ‘Citizens of Honor’ recognition.

The inaugural class of 24 citizens was installed in 2006 during the Salem Bicentennial with 18 citizens added over the last nine years for a total presently recognized of 42. Last year’s recipients were Judge Robert C. Roberts and Attorney Geoffrey S. Goll.

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.  The intent is to honor two new Citizens of Honor at the 46th Annual Founders’ Day Dinner on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

Any field of accomplishment can be considered and should be described fully. Involvement in the community and other activities should be included when making a nomination for the committee to consider. For further information and to obtain an application, contact the Museum, 330-337-8514 or email us at

Completed nominations are to be submitted to the Salem Historical Society no later than March 1, 2016. All nominations will be kept on file for present and future consideration. The address for submitting nominations is 208 South Broadway Avenue to the attention of the “Citizens of Honor” committee.
As a reminder, there are no Monthly Meetings for January and February because of unpredictable weather.  During this downtime, stay safe and stay warm!

The Research Library and Gift Shop will be open during our regular hours, Mon, Wed, Thursday from 9 to noon unless the weather gets exceptionally bad.