The Salem Historical Society

....keeping and making history

The Salem Historical Society
208 South Broadway Ave
Salem, OH 44460

(330) 337 - 8514
TheSalemHistoricalSociety@gmail.com

Hours of Operation
Monday, Wednesday,

Thursday  9am-noon


Sundays 1-4pm
(May through October)

    Daily Happenings at the Historical Society


Days at the historical society are always busy.  Thanks to our volunteers who do a myriad of tasks, all for the purpose of preserving and sharing the Salem story.  A typical day includes building, repairing, arranging, organizing, cleaning, accessioning, fulfilling requests...the list goes on!


Currently, we are in the process of stabilizing and preserving the leather on books that have been in storage at Freedom Hall.  Many of the books contain Civil War records, and one large book contains the 1880 United States census.  All of these books will be available for research.















Susan Smith is applying preservative on some of the books, which we plan to put into a newly acquired bookcase in Dale Shaffer Library for easy access.


Behind Susan is a model hydroplane racing boat on loan from it's maker and designer, Frank Easton.  This item is being accessioned and will soon be on display.  


Meanwhile, David Stratton and Mike Wargo are arranging newspapers in chronological order for storage in archival boxes.


If you have some free time on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, call or stop in to let us know your skills and interest and we are sure to find a task to suit you.  If you cannot volunteer, stop in to visit.  We offer tours on Sundays from 1-4 and our bookstore is open during weekday hours.  Also check our Underground Railroad and Ghost Tours. We love sharing the Salem story with you!

Rescue at Mt. St. Helens Reviewed

Sunday, May 31, 2015  2:00 pm

Presented by Patricia Badia Williams


A review of the rescue work performed by former Salem resident, Col. Robert Williams, during the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980, will be presented by his widow, Patricia Badia Williams on Sunday, May 31st at 2:00 p.m.

The event will take place at the Dale Shaffer Library Meeting Room located at 239 South Lundy Avenue in Salem, Ohio. Parking suggested in the city municipal parking lot on South Lundy Avenue.

The free to the public program will feature visuals and magazine articles that recorded the events that led to Col. Williams receiving the highest award of its kind in the United States.

Mrs. Williams will entertain questions following the program. Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of her presentation.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Society, 330-337-8514.