Help support The Salem Historical Society by using the link at the bottom of this page to purchase from Amazon.

ONLINE payments and donations are here!

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

Perry Calvin (1924 - 1976)

Excerpts from The Salem News, July 15, 1986

Posted November 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"...


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...


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......


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......


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........