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


Weekly Sunday 1-4pm

Monthly 3rd Tuesday 6-9pm
(May through October)

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

Tours begin at the front door of the Pearce House at 208 South Broadway.

Trolley Tours begin at the lower level of Dale Shaffer Library on South Lundy Ave.

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

....researching, preserving, showcasing

United Elementary School Teachers use the Trolley for this year's annual kick off for the new school year with a new SOAR video

"Have it All"!  

Click on photo to access.

In the past, the city’s “Christmas Light Display Contest” encouraged citizens to participate in Christmas Light Displays with those displays being completed by “Light Up Salem Night” falling in the last week of November. This custom lent to a spectacular Christmas Trolley ride that not only enhanced the spirit of Christmas throughout the city but has become a favorite event for individual families and groups.

With the contest being a part of Salem’s past and without a deadline for completion of displays,  some beautiful displays have been missed on the Trolley Route which has to be planned ahead of time. The Salem Historical Society is asking the citizens in Salem for their HELP in locating area homes that have gone out of their way to share their Christmas Spirit with colorful and creative outdoor Christmas Lights for the “Trolley Light” Tours.

Please call 330-337-8514 with suggestions of a home, what street, and possible homeowner’s name of a light display that you feel should be seen and enjoyed by others.  If the site could be worked into the tour, the museum will try to contact the home owners to notify them of the Trolley route in order that they can be sure to have their display lit up for the evening.

Due to the time limit of each tour, the trolley route has to be kept within a tight vicinity, so not all house displays will be able to be included on the route on every trip. However the museum will make every planning effort possible to share Salem Citizen’s “Christmas Light Displays”.  Every Trolley Tour could be different according to the”call-in tips” by Salem citizens.

During the tour, a museum docent will share the “History of Christmas Lights” and historical facts about Christmas in Salem during the Victorian Era.  

SHARE the Christmas Spirit of LIGHTS

Gift Certificate

Community Support for

The Trolley Fund

First Christmas Light Trolley Tours Scheduled for Thursday night, Nov. 29, after Christmas Parade

& "Light Up Salem."  See our Schedule Page for more details. 

If you have ridden our trolley recently, you are aware that our 1987 Trolley is in desperate need of a replacement.  We are in the midst of a fund drive to raise at least $50,000 before the end of the year to help cover the expected the cost of a replacement at about $175,000!  As a 501(c)3 charitable organization, we depend on funds from our friends, neighbors, and supporters to continue our service of providing tours to share Salem's rich history.  Each year, over 1,000 passengers including school children, out-of-town visitors, and residents ride the trolley to see the Salem homes that were part of the Underground Railroad and to visit locations where significant historical events have happened.  We are very proud of our Quakertown Trolley!
We have set up a fund for the trolley replacement.  All donations of any size are welcome and greatly appreciated. Money can be donated by sending a check payable to The Salem Historical Society, memo "Trolley Fund", and mailed to 208 South Broadway Avenue, Salem, OH 44460. OR you can click on the donate button on the side bar to make an electronic payment from either a PayPal account or a major credit card.  OR just stop into our offices at the Dale Shaffer Library (entrance across the road from the United Methodist parking lot) during our office hours of Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9am to noon.

For business advertisement, a memorial tribute, or an honorarium, we are offering bronze plagues that will be permanently attached to the new trolley.  The location of the plaque and required donation:
  • Windows - $250
  • Seats - $250  (2 plaques per seat)
  • Handicapped Lift - $2,500
  • Doors - $5,000
  • Drivers Area - $10,000
  • Caboose - $15,000

There are separate fundraisers offered at various times.   Thank you to Mac Millan Office Supply for the "Office Chair" promotion, and to Dairy Queen for the "Trolley Sundaes".  We appreciate all who participated.  Currently we are offering a raffle drawing for seats at the OSU-Michigan football game on November 24, 2018.  See below for more information.

Any questions? Call us at 330-337-8514.  Thank you for your consideration and support.

Donate to the Historical Society.  For the Trolley Fund, please designate "Trolley" in the comments.

The Salem Historical Society

Raffle Tickets

$20 for 2 admissions

to football game

Drawing on November 13, 2018

Buy your tickets from

Dave Hughes  330-692-2468

Kim Goll    330-853-7196

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