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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


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.

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

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The Salem Historical Society


Volunteer Work Is Good for Your Brain

Volunteering may be equally beneficial, if not better, for the volunteers as it is for the recipients. Volunteer work is mentally stimulating, prompts social connections and provides a sense of purpose, especially for older adults - all factors in good brain and overall health as you age.

For a study published in the Journals of Gerontology, Michelle Carlson, associate professor in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and her colleagues followed women over age 65 who were at high risk for cognitive impairment based on their income, education and race. The 2015 study published in the journal Alzheimer's and Dementia found that adults over 65 who engaged in purposeful activities such as volunteering halted declines in brain volume in regions vulnerable to dementia. In men, volunteering actually reversed cognitive declines and improved brain volume.

Our historical society is always in need of volunteers.  If you are interested, please complete and bring in the volunteer form, which you can download here.
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Lydick of Worcester , Mass. will perform a one act play, “Yours for Humanity – Abby” at the Rodman Public Library, Alliance , Ohio on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at 7:00 PM. Travel back to 1854 and enter Abby Kelley Foster’s world – a time when social and political differences divided our country.

Abby’s emotionally powerful orations against slavery and prejudice changed the hearts and minds of many people. The play is based on her letters and speeches. As she was a Western Anti-Slavery Society lecturer, Abby was a frequent visitor to Salem and a house guest of Salem ’s Daniel Howell Hise. Salem residents have heard the name “Abby Kelley Salem”, a slave rescued from a passing train and renamed for Abby Kelley due to her influence on persons who opposed slavery.

The program is sponsored by grants from Arts in Stark, the Rodman Public Library and the Haines House Underground Railroad Museum. After 160 years, let’s welcome Abby back to Alliance! 

Salem historians interested in attending this presentation can contact the Salem Historical Society, 330-337-8514.

Abby Kelley Returns to Area after 160 years

Wednesday, March 21, 2018   7pm

Rodman Public Library, Alliance, OH

presented by Lynn Lydick