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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

....keeping and making history

The Salem Historical Society

We updated a display in the Industrial Section of the Dale Shaffer Research Library that features the Salem Wire and Nail Mill Co. that produced nails for around the world until the late 1920's.  Nails initially were made by hand, a tedious task until the invention of a nail machine, which was used by the Nail Mill. 

Salem Wire and Nail Mill was also the first in the area to employ women as factory workers. 

See first-hand the working of the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement that flourished in Salem prior to the Civil War.

Seats are still available on the

Next Underground Railroad Tour on the Quakertown Trolley

Sunday, October 8 at 1:30pm

Call 330-337-6733 and leave a message with name and number of people in your party to reserve your seats on this popular tour.  Your call will be returned. Cost is $15/person and 15 people are required to conduct this tour.  The tour takes approximately 75 minutes.

 The Salem Historical Society

             Participants in

        Museum Day Live!

   Sunday, Sept 24, 2017   1-4pm

Smithsonian magazine is sponsoring their 13th Annual Museum Day Live! Hundreds of museums and cultural institutions around the United States are participating, including the Salem Historical Society and Museum. Last year’s event drew over 200,000 participants who down loaded tickets and this year’s event is expected to attract more museum goers than ever before.

Nationally the museum day live! has been designated for Saturday, September 23, but the Salem Historical Society had the option to offer the free admission with the downloaded ticket  for two guests on Sunday, September 24. One ticket per household is permitted. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2016 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, visit  Or click here to download your ticket.  Our museum is listed under the "T" for "The Salem Historical Society".
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And, if you have not noticed it yet, we have a new sign on the Pershing Street side of the Sprowl garage. The funding for the sign was provided by the David Schiller Memorial Fund.

We are pleased that we were able to provide a historic negative of horses at the water fountain on the corner of Pershing and Broadway to the Salem Public Library.  A large mural of this photo now hangs in the renovated Genealogy Room on the main floor of the library and is very impressive.

Our popular Ghost Tours!

Happenings Around the Museum...

Freedom Hall is getting re-arranged to incorporate a new acquisition.   This new arrangement has a smaller footprint allowing more room for visitors to get closer view of the artifacts.

John Niederhiser owned a blacksmith shop along 838 Morris Ave.  This veteran blacksmith was one of the last to practice his craft in Salem, still forging tools and repairing farm machinery into the 1940's.  We recently received his horse shoe collection in a beautiful display box built by his son and we are delighted to share it with our visitors.