The Salem Historical Society

....keeping and making history

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

(330) 337 - 8514

Hours of Operation
Monday, Wednesday,

Thursday  9am-noon

Sundays 1-4pm
(May through October)

Monthly Meeting

April 14, 2015   7pm

  • Local Potteries     


  • A Celebration of     Volunteers        

Forty-fifth Annual

Founders Day Dinner

Salem Community Center

April 28, 2015
5pm  Doors Open
6pm  Dinner Served (Reservations Required)
7pm  Program

The Final Days of Abraham Lincoln 



April's Monthly Meeting topic, "Local Potteries" will be presented by Steve Labor, collector. 

In 1900, there were over 200 potteries in a 50 mile area around Salem. Steve will give a general history of local potteries, their growth, and decline. He will describe the pottery production process: dig/order clay, create/mix recipe for pottery, remove water, section, create items, dry, glaze, fire, transfer/decorate, fire. Steve will show examples of different potteries, patterns and techniques, test samples, advertising, and custom items.

The grandson and nephew of East Palestine potters, Steve has a collection of over 300 restaurant butter pat dishes. He is retired and a former history teacher who wants to keep the knowledge of local potteries alive.

We will conclude the evening with a new tradition – the presentation of volunteer awards.

Reservations are now being accepted for the 45th annual Founders’ Day celebration, according to Judi Allio, Salem Historical Society Founders’ Day chairman.  The event is open to the public, and will be held on Tuesday, April 28 at the Salem Community Center.  Doors will open at 5:00 pm. T he Catered Affair will provide the buffet dinner, which will be served at 6:00 pmTickets are $20.00 per person.

As this is the 150th anniversary of the death of our 16th President, Keynote Speaker Gerald Payn will conclude the evening with a first-person presentation on The Final Days of Abraham Lincoln.  His wife Marilyn accompanies him in period dress, as Mary Todd Lincoln.  Mr. Payn hails from Wooster and holds degrees from The Ohio State University and the University of Akron.  He is a retired educator.  He is the coordinator of the Wayne County Civil War Roundtable, and is a Life Member of the National Association of Lincoln Presenters.

A highlighted feature of the evening is the recognition of the 2015 Citizens of Honor, Attorney Geoffrey S. Goll and Judge Robert C. Roberts, who are being acknowledged for their many accomplishments and service to the City of Salem.  The evening’s activities will also include the ever-popular Chinese Auction and a 50/50 Auction.   

Early reservations are encouraged for this popular event, and will be accepted through April 21. Reservations may be made by calling the Salem Historical Society Museum at (330) 337-8514.

History in the Round

Sunday, April 12, 2015
4 - 5pm

We have made a few changes to History in the Round.  The free History Roundtable will be held on the second Sundays of the month from April through October from 4-5 PM after Museum tours.  Interested community members will gather in the meeting room to discuss the topic of the day.  Our facilitator will record their stories, photos, and information to become part of the Museum's archives.

Participants will get a coupon for $1 off a future Museum admission. Topics are being planned and will soon be announced.

Reservations Now Being Accepted...

WFMJ-TV Today Anchor, Lauren Lindvig, filmed a segment recently for an upcoming feature story promoting the Salem Historical Society's 45th Annual Founders' Day Celebration.  Shown with Ms. Lindvig are Kevin Schafer, Chinese Auction Chair and Judi Allio, Founders' Day Chair

Bells Across the Land  

Celebrate the End of the Civil War 

and Write Your Story           

Thursday, April 9, 2015   3:15pm           

2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the United States Civil War.  The National Park Service will have numerous commemorative events to observe the end of America’s most costly war, but we need your help! On April 9, 2015 bells will ring throughout the country in honor of the meeting between Generals Ulysses Grant and Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. This meeting marked the beginning of the end of the Civil War, which would eventually restore peace and unity to the nation. Students and schools are invited to participate in this event by ringing bells along with us on the 150th Anniversary of that moment on April 9th. A historic bell will be rung at Appomattox at 3:00 pm Eastern.  Then, with your help, we hope bells will reverberate across the country starting at 3:15 for four minutes (one for each year of the war). Share your event by posting it to Facebook or Twitter with #BellsAcrosstheLand2015. We’ll collect your stories to record how Americans remembered this important event.  Your posts will also help us write a national story, which you can see at: ! In association with the bell-ringing event, this packet contains suggested lesson plans on the events at Appomattox in 1865, the legacy of the Civil War, and the historical significance of bell ringing in the United States.  Click here for more information.