The Salem Historical Society

Salem, Ohio                            

....keeping and making history

The Salem Historical Society
208 South Broadway Ave
Salem, OH 44460
(330) 337 - 8514

Hours of Operation
Monday, Wednesday,

Thursday  9-12am

Sundays 1-4pm
(May through October)


Volunteers Needed

by William Ward

The Board of Trustees is looking for additional “Volunteers” who are willing to donate their time and efforts to improve our already great organization. While we eventually get much of the necessary work done, some to-do items are not properly addressed due to a lack of time. We have a good core group that work from 3 to 9 hours per week, we also have others that work as many as 40 hours per week, all for free.

1. Onsite:   We need volunteers to work Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from
9 to 12. We also have Docents that give tours on Sunday afternoons in season. We have come to realize that in addition to actively looking for people, we need to match your interests with our needs, so two of our Trustees, Alice Deatherage and Jerry Laska have volunteered to be
“Volunteer Coordinators” in addition to their other duties. They will talk to interested people and discuss possible work to be done from our to-do lists, giving orientation tours, and helping to make your time rewarding for both you and the Salem Historical Society.

2. Offsite:   We also realize that our hours of operation limit a lot of potential volunteers
because you are not available when we are open. We are therefore looking to add volunteer
“Project Coordinators” who would be willing to work with various Officers or Trustees to get
specific projects done. You could do most of your work at home, and we can meet you here at off hours when needed to plan and get the onsite work done. It would be your project to oversee, subject to Board guidelines. You don't have to do all the work, we do as much in house as we can and get contractors if it is above our abilities.

Examples of some existing projects we need done at present:
1. Framing the autographed Ponderosa Park plywood panels (measured, but not constructed) and hanging the display rack.
2 Modifying the existing Wall of Fame, that consists of framed photos in a very nice wooden framework in the old meeting room. We want to reduce the size of the existing photos and frames, in order to be able to display the two additional inductees each year.
3. Form and coordinate a “Moving Team”, most of our volunteers are older and we need people able to work in pairs and groups of 4-5 when needed a few times a year to move larger, heavier items, from area to area, offsite storage, donations, etc. to the new locations. This work can be done in off hours as it fits everyone's schedules.


If you are interested in making a difference and working with good history minded
people, give us a call and see if any of our needs meets your time or abilities. Our goal is to
continue our efforts at building a group of compatible volunteers that can work well together,
accomplish the needed work, and provide enjoyable and rewarding experiences that will keep
us all coming back.

Founders Day Dinner

Make your Reservations Soon

Tuesday, April 29, 2014  5:00pm

Dinner served at 6:00pm

Salem Community Center

For 44 years, the Salem Historical Society has commemorated the founding of Salem with a Founders Day Dinner on April 29th. This year's dinner promises to be an enjoyable and entertaining evening. The program will be a tribute to Brooks Bowman, composer of "East of the Sun, West of the Moon". The keynote speaker is Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano and Jazz Studies at Youngstown State University, Dr. Alton L. Merrell.

You will also be treated to vocal selections by Salem High School Students under the direction of Attila Samu.

A Chinese auction and recognition of the two 'Citizens of Honor' are also scheduled. Click here to see or print a colorful poster of this event. Tickets are $20 per person. There is limited seating and reservations are required. Call the museum 330-337-8514 or email us at before April 25th to reserve your place.


Dale Shaffer Appreciation Day

Thursday, April 17 at 10:00am

The Salem Historical Society will be recognizing Dale Shaffer Appreciation Day on April 17, which would have been his 85th birthday, with the placement of the marker of the Dale Shaffer Legacy Time Capsule dedicated in 2013. This will be scheduled at 10:00 on the front lawn of the Dale Shaffer Research Library on Dale Shaffer Way. 

The burial of the time capsule was not only to commemorate the life and contributions of Dale Shaffer but share with future Salem citizens of the time period in which the capsule was buried when it will be reopened in 2063. Interested persons are welcome to commemorate this recognition with Society members.

A time of fellowship and  light refreshments and follow. Call the Salem Historical Society at 330-337-8514 if there are questions.