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.

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.

You are invited to an evening of
Dining and Ghostly Tales
Friday, October 26, 2018 
Dale Shaffer Library

During dinner consisting of Stuffed Chicken in a White-Cheese Sauce, Rigatoni in a Red Sauce, California Blend Vegetables, Chopped Salad dressed with Pumpkin-Maple Dressing and Apple Crisp with fresh Whipped Cream, you will be acquainted with Salem’s local folklore, tales, myths and legends.  After dinner Kevin Schafer will take you through the darker side of Salem's downtown streets where you will hear of its “haunted” past.

We have limited seating, so make your reservations as soon as possible.  Tickets for this special night are $25.00 per person. Reservations are required and must be made by Oct 22.

 Call 330-205-3923.                 Doors open at 6:00 p.m.                Dinner served at 6:30 p.m.

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 residences 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!

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

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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

Paul Hobe, a resident of Louisville, a Sebring High School graduate, retired Hoover High School chemistry teacher, musician, and Civil War enthusiast, has published three books, “A Band of Music – The Alliance City Band Story 1859-1992” and “Other National Airs.” In his latest book, “Dixie Odyssey,” Paul traces the 19th Ohio Regiment after being reorganized at Camp Ford in Alliance in the fall of 1861.  Their actions include marching south to participate in every battle fought by the Army of the Ohio and later, as part of the Army of the Cumberland.  A unique feature of the unit is that many of the men were from Columbiana County. 

Other local authors present will be:
Carolyn Caskey, secretary of the Washington Township Historical Society, will have her book,  "The History of the Fairmount Children's Home,"  with historical pictures.  For those not familiar, the Home was located in Alliance, Ohio.

Richard Theiss'  book “Surprise Surprise” is a story of his son Shawn's love for flying which began as an early age and led to a career in aviation.

Robert Schuck,  author of  “Schuck’s Luck,” an interesting bio of Robert T. Schuck

Michelle Huffman will have her book she authored after the sudden death of her son, “Huffman Legend: Miss Me but Let Me Go.” 

Signed copies of State Representative Tim Ginter“Living by Faith” will be available for sale at the gift shop as are other books by Salem authors.

In addition, a sale of used books will be available in the meeting room.
Kim Mitchell, docent of our Ghost Tours, (see schedule below) will have  her books available “Haunted Salem, Ohio” and “The Ghosts of Sprucevale.”
Gift Certificate

Community Support for

The Trolley Fund

Trolley Tours are subject to cancellation if the minimum of 15 is not reached.

The Salem Historical Society

Book Signing  ~  Book Sale

Meet Our Local Authors

Sunday, October 21, 2018  1:30-3:30pm

Dale Shaffer Library Meeting Room & Gift Shop

Judy Lennington, a retired factory worker of 38 years, grew up in a family of story tellers and continues that tradition by sharing her stories with the world.  She began writing her first novel in 2011 and since then has published 2 - 3 novels per year.  Her 17th novel, "In God We Trust," is the story of two security officers who work the afternoon shift in a fictional hospital when veterans of WWII begin to flood all the hospitals in the United States.  As a strange storm begins to engulf the hospital, even stranger events begin to unfold within the hospital.

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

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 gold plaques 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.