The Salem Historical Society

Salem, Ohio                            

....keeping and making history

The Salem Historical Society
208 South Broadway Ave
Salem, OH 44460
(330) 337 - 8514

Hours of Operation
Monday, Wednesday,

Thursday  9-12am

Sundays 1-4pm
(May through October)

The Salem Historical Society is proud to announce a special two week art exhibit featuring the works of Chester Alfred Paxson (1914-1999).  It will run from Sunday August 17 through Sunday August 24 at the Shaffer Library meeting room, 239 South Lundy Avenue.  Hours are

Sunday, August 17 and August 24  1:00pm - 4:00pm

Monday, Wednesday,Thursday   9:00am to 12:00pm

Group tours can be scheduled by contacting the family at 330-537-4919. A minimal donation would be appreciated. 


Mr. Paxson, born and raised in Salem graduating in 1932, known as “Al” by his friends, had a career as an art director. After retiring from Salem Label after 25 years, he continued to create art work for Salem Church Budget, Hilliard Silk Screening and monument companies of Salem, Lisbon, Alliance, and East Liverpool.  


Painting was his first love and his paintings hang in many homes in the Salem area and beyond. His work is characterized by a great love of nature, beauty and an amazing attention to detail.


Mr. Paxson is known to have mastered an amazing array of artistic skills in the course of his life, including wood carving. He also enjoyed the piano, accordion, and harmonica playing. 


Sixteen paintings and three wood carvings will be displayed under the coordination of Salem’s former high  school art teacher, Janis Yereb. Members of his family will be present to share and greet visitors. Further information can be obtained by calling the Society at 330-337-8514.

Update - August 21 - Unexpected Picture added to Paxson Exhibit

As the Paxson Art Exhibit for Chester “Al” Paxson

was being prepared, an unexpected painting was

made available. Following the death of their nine

year old son, Christopher, in 1974, Bob and Judy Sell

made several photographs available to Mr. Paxson

to create a picture of their son. As it has been forty

years since the painting was completed, Mrs. Sell

visited the museum to check if this was the same

Paxson who completed this image which has been

so special to the Sell family. After comparing the

artist’s signature, it was confirmed that this was the

artist. This painting and the fifty others will be

available  Sunday afternoon, August 24, 1-4pm.

Judy Sell and Margaret Paxson, widow of Al Paxson

pose with the painting of Christopher Sell


Special Feature

Art Exhibit


Chester “Al” Paxson

Al Paxson at his easel putting the finishing touches on one of his paintings

Alan Freed Exhibit

We have read of the decision of the Alan Freed family to retain his ashes in Cleveland. The Salem Historical Society has a featured exhibit of Alan’s life including the years he lived in Salem from fifth grade through his graduation from Salem High School in 1940. The exhibit is displayed in the Arts and Entertainment section of the Museum and can be viewed on Sunday afternoons 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  Other featured entertainment displays seen at the museum include Ponderosa Park with its rich musical programs of national known performers, and Salem ’s Quaker City Band with its origin in 1896.  Admission to the museum is at 208 South Broadway Avenue.

Mickey Cope Weaver encourages visitation to the Salem Historical Society to view the Alan Freed exhibit