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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
TheSalemHistoricalSociety@gmail.com

....keeping and making history

Detroit - Mullins Connection

A bit of investigative reporting

Posted 7/28/2015


Salem Historical Society is privileged to have interns show up on our doorstep from time to time to gain hands-on experience and accumulate hours as credit for their studies.  This summer, one of our interns, Niki Slaven, a history major at Kent State University, has delved into researching pictures from The S.H. Mullins Co of Salem...

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A Letter From Dixie

Posted 4/28/2014


Last week we uncovered a original letter in the author's beautiful calligraphy handwriting on tablet paper.  There is no date and no name other than "Dixie" in the title.  But this letter, which is really a poem, seems to be written sometime after the civil war when segregation was still strong.  It is heart-warming and gives an insight into the minds of the Negroes in the south........

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Perry Calvin (1924 - 1976)

Excerpts from The Salem News, July 15, 1986

Posted 11/4/2015


Perry Calvin was a serious painter until he received a request from John Cabas, Salem High School basketball coach from 1950 to 1973, to draw a caricature of the Quaker man.   A Quaker man and woman have symbolized Salem Schools since the 1920's and 1930's.  Jim Jackson, a press operator at The Salem News, recommended Perry Calvin to Coach Cabas.  "I had to do something to change the image of a boy's team with a woman for an emblem"...


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Booker T. Washington Thanks Salem

Posted 5/13/2014 - includes an excerpt from"More of the Salem Story" by Dale E. Shaffer, 1992"


A picture was recently scanned into our archives that reminded us just how rich a history we have here in Salem, Ohio.  The picture in this blog shows Booker T. Washington arriving at the home of Louis N. Brush for a Salem News Luncheon June 22, 1906, before he spoke under a large tent on the front lawn of the Columbia Street School.


Also included is an excerpt from Dale Shaffer that includes the letter of thanks from Booker T. Washington......

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Around Town by Esther Hamilton

Excerpts from The Youngstown Vindicator 11/1943

Posted 6/8/2017


Yikes!  It has been a while - ok, almost two years since the last blog.  This is not because there are not enough interesting events or items that we come across.  There are plenty of those.  It is more like we are swamped busy keeping a museum this size running on a daily basis.  We love the activity: people visiting and constantly bringing in more historical items for us to discover, protect, and often display.  (Big hint here - we could use more help!)

Grab yourself a good cup of coffee and a comfy chair and read this article about Salem.  It is delightful and enjoyable.  Her photo alone makes me smile.  I would have loved to have known her personally.   The article begins...


Salem is down the valley a ways, reached by a winding back road or over a broad highway.  I've been there often because...

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A visit with historians from McKinley Presidential Library and Museum

Posted 6/16/2014


Mark Holland and Tom Haas of the McKinley Presidential Library and Museum paid us a visit May 28 for a collaboration session.  We shared experiences and museum practices......

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The Salem Historical Society



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.