....keeping and making history

New Exhibit

Official Opening

"Salem Downtown Businesses Then and Now"

Ribbon Cutting by Bill Ward and
Jerry Laska standing in the doorway from the former Cheshire Book Store.

This timely exhibit includes pictures and artifacts of downtown businesses which had been prominent in the 1950s and ‘60s. Businesses like McCulloch’s Department Store, Moffett’s Men’s Wear, Schwartz’s Department Store, Hansell’s Lady’s Wear, Isaly’s Dairy Store, Strouss, Sears-Roebuck, Haldi’s Shoe Store, Cheshire Book Store, and Daniel Smith Jewelry are a few of the businesses featured.  Plans are to have personnel from many of these stores to be present during museum hours to answer questions and contribute to the Salem history.

Volunteers Bill Ward and Jerry Laska planned and completed the room with help from Mike Wargo, Susan Schiller, Joy Cable and David Shivers.  This exhibit will be available during the 1:00 to 4:00 Sunday hours with entrance at 208 S. Broadway.  If any of our readers have items that they would like to lend for the display or have suggestions for persons to help with interpretation of these businesses, please contact the Museum.

             ~~ 2016 Seasonal ~~

Underground Railroad Tours

            Beginning Soon

Our popular Underground Railroad tours on the Quakertown Trolley are being offered again this summer and fall. 
The first for the season will be June 18 at 12:30.

Other dates and times are:
June 26 (1:30), July 16 (12:30), July 31 (1:30),
August 13 (12:30), August 21 (1:30),
September 4 (1:30),
October 1 (12:30) and October 23 (1:30). 

A full schedule of all our trolley tours  are on the Schedule Page - be sure to scroll down.

The docent, dressed as a Salem Quaker will take passengers back in time to the year 1856. Following the sharing of many stories, the travelers will return to the 21st century with a better understanding of the plight of slaves, the working of the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement that flourished in Salem prior to the Civil War.

Since the homes are private and entrances not possible, flashed on a screen inside the trolley will be over 100 slides to show pictures of the insides of the homes, the Underground Railroad hiding places, and several abolitionists who lived in or visited them. The slides will also help clarify the historical information presented during the program.

The tour will last approximately 75 minutes. Cost is $15.00 a person and a minimum of 15 are necessary to conduct the tour. Call the reservation number, 330-337-6733 to schedule your tour. Your call will be returned.  The tour is subject to cancellation if the minimum is not reached.

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

The Salem Historical Society

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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

Sundays 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.