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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

Sunday 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.

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

....keeping and making history

The Salem Historical Society

Do you have a special group event coming up? 

Call us to arrange a group tour to view our many displays of Salem's rich history.  We can customize tours to your interests.
Emmanuel Lutheran Pastor Alan Smearsoll and Angela McCoy, coordinator of Family Ministry, observe highlights of their church history.

All Salem churches were invited to participate in the exhibit and several were able to contribute items.

The first public worship service was in the summer of 1804 when members of the Society of Friends held service in Samuel Davis’ cabin which was also attended by members of the local Indian tribe.

Soon as more residents came to Salem other churches were established.  Baptists came in 1809 followed by Methodists in 1821, Presbyterians 1830, Catholics 1855, First Christian 1859, AME Mount Zion 1867, Episcopal 1859, Emmanuel Lutheran 1892, Holy Trinity Lutheran 1917, Nazarene 1926, Romanian Orthodox 1930 and Real Life Assembly 1936. Many of these churches have their history displayed in the “Sunday Go to Meeting” exhibit.
Tour hours are 1:00 to 4:00 (last tour begins at 3:30) on Sunday and the third Tuesday from 6:00 to 9:00 (last tour begins at 8:30) with entrance at 208 S. Broadway or by appointment. This event is included with regular admission to the museum. Reminder, members are admitted free.

Gift Certificate

Class of 1962 takes a tour of the museum

led by Mickey Weaver

"Sunday Go To Meeting" Special Exhibit

This year's feature exhibit at the Salem Historical Museum, available only in 2017, focuses on local church and religious life through "Sunday Go to Meeting".  This topic was selected because two of our churches were celebrating significant anniversaries. Emmanuel Lutheran is celebrating their 125th year in Salem, while Holy Trinity Lutheran is 100 this year.

Next Underground Railroad tour on the Quakertown Trolley

on Sunday, August 20, at 1:30

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.