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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

Sundays Tours 1-4pm
(May through October)

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

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

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 are 1 of 12 Ohio venues hosting a town hall event for

John Hunt Morgan's

Raiders on the Ohio

during the Civil War in 1863

August 12, 2016  7pm           

Dale Shaffer Library         

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In an effort to expand the knowledge and awareness of Ohio's participation in the Civil War and those involved; specifically the raid of CSA General John Hunt Morgan (July 1863), the most northern raid of the Confederacy; the Buffington Island Battlefield Preservation Foundation is conducting a collection of oral histories. 

Oral histories will be sought and gathered from decendents that were involved in Morgan's Raid; either as a Confederate Raider or as part of Burnside's Union contingent responsible for tracking and capturing General Morgan and his Rebel Raiders.  Although the focus of this collection is that of Ohio residences, oral histories of ancestors from other states will be sought and recorded.

We are announcing this early, so you have time to
gather your stories, photos, memories and be prepared
to share.  These video recorded oral histories will be
the primary focus of a web site and FaceBook site
specifically created to increase the awareness and
importance of Morgan's Raid.  Furthermore, a select
number of these oral histories will be included in
the documentary Raiders on the Ohio.

Additional Program Features:
  •  Display of Civil War Artifacts
  • Book Signing with David Mowery, author of Morgan's Raid books
  • Raffle packages
  • Snack and Beverages

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               ~~ 2016 Seasonal ~~               

Underground Railroad Tours 

            Have Begun!!                 

Learn how Salem played a significant part in this movement! 

Seats are still available for Sunday, June 26th Underground Railroad tour on the Quakertown Trolley scheduled for 1:30.  Walk-ups are welcome if space is still available.  

Tri-State Antique Auto Club
enjoyed learning about Salem's
Underground Railroad history on
their tour on the Quakertown Trolley.

Next dates and times are:
  • June 26 (1:30), July 16 (12:30), July 31 (1:30),
  • August 13 (12:30), August 21 (1:30),
  • September 4 (1:30),
  • October 1 (12:30) and October 23 (1:30). 

A full schedule of all our trolley tours  are on the Schedule Page - be sure to scroll down.

The docent, dressed as a Salem Quaker will take passengers back in time to the year 1856. Following the sharing of many stories, the travelers will return to the 21st century with a better understanding of the plight of slaves, the working of the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement that flourished in Salem prior to the Civil War.

Since the homes are private and entrances not possible, flashed on a screen inside the trolley will be over 100 slides to show pictures of the insides of the homes, the Underground Railroad hiding places, and several abolitionists who lived in or visited them. The slides will also help clarify the historical information presented during the program.

The tour will last approximately 75 minutes. Cost is $15.00 a person and a minimum of 15 are necessary to conduct the tour. Call the reservation number, 330-337-6733 to schedule your tour. Your call will be returned.  The tour is subject to cancellation if the minimum is not reached.