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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

....researching, preserving, showcasing

The Salem Historical Society

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...


For Movie Buffs, TV Watchers, and Music Fans

A rare find in a recent acquisition

Posted 6/8/2018

In the normal scheme of life, there comes a time when our homes and our carefully accumulated belongings must be dispersed.  The Salem Historical Society has recently been the recipient of a collection from the home of a local artist and his beloved wife who has survived him.   The articles we received have told a beautiful story of their life, their character, their talent, and  their deep love and devotion for each other.  As we catalogue each item, we are once again humbled and grateful for the immense task entrusted to us of preserving Salem history for those who come after us.

We plan to display this gift in a meaningful way in the future.  In the meantime, there is one item that we would like to share with you now...


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"...


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........


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.