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)


“Sing Out Salem ” Alumni

The Salem Historical Society needs your help!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014  7:00pm

Dale Shaffer Library Meeting Room

Many pictures have been received at the Salem Museum from the “Sing-Out Salem” years. Plans are to identify people in the pictures, collaborate the history of Salem Sing Out, and discuss the possibility of arranging a reunion. A meeting is being scheduled for Wednesday, September 24, 2014. This will be held in the Dale Shaffer Library meeting room located at 239 South Lundy Avenue. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. Please try to attend and bring any memorabilia, such as records, tapes, pictures. We would appreciate you spreading the word to any former members about the meeting. Hope to see you there!

For further information or if you are unable to attend, but are still interested, call us at 330-337-8514 to make alternative arrangements.

A photo from the 1971 Anniversary Sing Out Salem concert on the stage of the current Kent State City Center

Sing Out Salem entertained Salem from 1969-1978 as a student-run organization.  Board members included Marilyn and Jay Hunston, Rev. Jack Austin, and Dick Coburn.  The Hunstons served as adult advisors.  The chorus prepared shows for the Salem area and traveled many times to sing at Youth Reformatories.  They also were involved in the promotion of the BICENTENNIAL PLEDGE in 1976.  The city of Salem was the first city in America to adopt the pledge on April 6, 1976.  Sing Out also presented the Pledge to the Ohio State House and Senate where John Wargo and Harry Meschel presented it for state adoption and it was signed by the Governor.  They also took it to Washington, D.C. for federal adoption.  The students distributed a copy to each Congressman and, while they were there, they sang in the Russell Rotunda.  Wayne L. Hays introduced the pledge to the House of representatives and John Glenn introduced it in the U.S. Senate.  Both Houses adopted it unanimously and a copy was presented to both President Ford and President Carter.

Excerpt from "The Salem Story Continues", pg 67 &68