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

Sunday 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

Books available on Salem’s Black History

In conjunction with Black History Month, the Salem Historical Society would like to share several books on this topic available at the Society’s gift shop. One book, A SALUTE TO BLACK HISTORY “Selected Articles of Lois Firestone and others” is a collection of 29 articles and 34 pictures printed in local papers in the mid-1990s in which many had been lost to the public because of their format.
These stories were important to the history of Salem and the Society decided to make them available. While many were written by Lois Firestone for the YESTERYEARS and QUAKER HERITAGE publications, others were contributed by Minnie Kirksey, Barbara and William Catlin, Connie Alexander, Linda Kurtz, Mary Dunlap Patterson, and Vivian Ormes Mason. Several of the contributors were members of the African American History Project through the Salem Historical Society.
The scope of the booklet begins with the plight of the slave, their flight to freedom through the Underground Railroad and ultimately reaching freedom and settling in Salem where they became responsible citizens.
Other books available in the Gift Shop related to Black History include;  STROTTER BROWN, Basketmaker of Old Salem, SOJOUNER TRUTH, CITIZENS OF COLOR, Part of the Salem Story, and PEOPLE OF COURAGE, African Americans in Salem, Ohio. Others of Black History are available at the gift shop which is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings or by contacting 330-337-8514 for further information.
2016 recipients, Janice Lesher and Frank Zamarelli,
stand at the Citizens of Honor display in the Pearce
building of the Salem Historical Society

The Salem Historical Society is accepting nominations for the 2017 ‘Citizens of Honor’ recognition. The inaugural class of 24 citizens was installed in 2006 during the Salem Bicentennial with 20 added over the last 10 years for a total presently recognized of 44. Last year’s recipients were Janice G. Lesher and Frank A. Zamarelli, Jr.
The criteria are for Salem-connected citizens, from the present or past, who have distinguished themselves with service to their community, their career, and/or to their country. The intent is to honor two or more new Citizens of Honor at the 47th Annual Founders’ Day Dinner on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.
Any field of accomplishment can be considered and should be described fully. Involvement in the community and other activities should be included when making a nomination for the committee to consider. For further information and to obtain an application, please contact the Museum at 330-337-8514 or e-mail
Completed nominations are to be submitted to the Salem Historical Society no later than February 28, 2017. All nominations will be kept on file for present and future consideration. The address for submitting nominations is 208 South Broadway Avenue to the attention of the “Citizens of Honor” committee.
You can now make payments to Salem Historical Society online
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Later in February we will also begin accepting credit cards at the Gift Shop for merchandise, trolley rides, memberships, and special events.


WKBN to feature Salem Historical Society

The Underground Railroad program featuring Salem Historical Society airs on 'Hidden History' on FOX/WYFX (Channel 12 on Spectrum, Channel 62 on DirecTv) on Saturday, February 18 at 10:30 pm. Be sure to tune in!

Click here to see a recorded broadcast.
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Now Accepting Nominations for

2017 Citizens of Honor

->  Call 330-337-8514 or e-mail request an application form

->  Completed nominations are to be submitted no later than February 28, 2017

->  Click here to see the list of all Citizens of Honor through 2016

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