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~~~ Open Sunday, May 8 ~~~


Happy Mother's Day!

Bring your mom to The Salem Historical Society Museum this Sunday for free!  She will enjoy our new display "Salem Then and Now" featuring Salem downtown from the 1950's through today.  Salem had a lot of stores and business and this is sure to bring back many pleasant memories.  We even have a place for you or her to record your memories.

The museum is now open for the 44th season each Sunday through October 30 from 1 to 4 p.m.  The last tour will begin at 3:30pm.  Members are admitted free, for others, a small fee is charged.  The Garden Gift Shop will be open.

From the first year where six rooms were featured, the Museum has grown extensively with exhibits in over 20 rooms in the four buildings. The last tour begins at 3:30 with guests encouraged to come early as there is plenty to see for all members of the family. Stop and see what is new.

Call the Museum at 330-337-8514 if you have questions.
of the businesses featured.  Plans are to have personnel from many of these stores to be present during museum hours to answer questions and contribute to the Salem history.

Volunteers Bill Ward and Jerry Laska planned and completed the room with help from Mike Wargo, Susan Schiller, Joy Cable and David Shivers.  This exhibit will be available during the 1:00 to 4:00 Sunday hours with entrance at 208 S. Broadway.  If any of our readers have items that they would like to lend for the display or have suggestions for persons to help with interpretation of these businesses, please contact the Museum.

Donations will be accepted from visitors to this exhibit.

Two society docents, Diane Gardner and  Christine Bernal, place the sign indicating the opening of the Salem Historical Museum for the 44th season for Sunday touring.

New Exhibit

Official Opening

"Salem Downtown Businesses Then and Now"

Ribbon Cutting by Bill Ward and
Jerry Laska standing in the doorway from the former Cheshire Book Store.

This timely exhibit includes pictures and artifacts of downtown businesses which had been prominent in the 1950s and ‘60s. Businesses like McCulloch’s Department Store, Moffett’s Men’s Wear, Schwartz’s Department Store, Hansell’s Lady’s Wear, Isaly’s Dairy Store, Strouss, Sears-Roebuck, Haldi’s Shoe Store, Cheshire Book Store, and Daniel Smith Jewelry are a few

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.

....keeping and making history

The Salem Historical Society

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

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