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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


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.

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

New Exhibit from

American Standard ---

The November meeting, 2018, of the Salem Historical Society recognized veterans attending our meeting following the presentation “The Day the Civil War Came to Our Backyard" by Alice Whitehill. The program was in reference to John Hunt Morgan’s Raid into Columbiana County and his capture at West Point near Lisbon. 

Two New Acquisitions --

Two special donations have been received recently.  We invite you to stop in and see them.
A beautifully framed water color painting by local artist Perry Calvin completed in the 1960's depicts Broadway looking toward State Street.  The building on the far left housed John's Shoe Repair and his sign appears in the painting.  Not too much has changed as compared to the photograph below of Broadway as it is today. 

Perry Calvin (1924-1976) created the cartoon "Town Crier" that appeared in local papers during the 1950's.  To read more about Perry and see his work, click here.  We have more information on his life and examples of his work available in the Dale Shaffer Research Library.
A wooden phone booth with rotary coin telephone, light, fan,  bi-fold doors, and a genuine linoleum floor will bring back many memories to many and provide a new experience for young people who never had the privilege of using these.  This excellently preserved phone booth is on display in the Meeting Room of the Dale Shaffer Research Library.
From Mickey Weaver:

A missing link has been found!  The Museum of Transportation & Industry is announcing the addition of yet another piece of Salem's industrial history.  Prior to opening this addition to the Salem Historical Society, attempts were made to collect as much information about the companies that were part of Salem's history since the beginning of the City.  One company in particular was a challenge.  Acquiring information on American Standard was a priority from the very beginning.  Finally, and by chance, in the early part of this past summer, I contacted the main headquarters in the US for American Standard because of a problem I was having with a sink in my home.   That problem could not be solved since the sink was old and no longer in production.  Somewhat frustrated, I decided to vent a little at my inability to get a response locally for historical information to add to the Museum of Transportation and Industry.   The person I spoke with said she would have someone in the branding department contact me.  Now, truly, the rest is history!  Brittany Scotland not only responded to my call, but she worked with American Standard to create an amazing display for the Museum which includes a bathtub made in Salem, Ohio.  The tub was delivered in a display fit for a showroom floor!  Included in the display are pictures of the Salem plant from the 1930's and a history of American Standard.  Now we are hoping some of you will add to this wonderful display with personal and family experience, photos, further local history on the company, etc.  Special recognition is given to Bill Ward, Joy Cable, David Shivers, David Stratton, Jerry Laska, Susan Schiller & Alice Deatherage for the brainstorming and placement of this wonderful exhibit!  
Seven veterans were recognized for their service to our country:  Front Row from L to R – Wayne Allio, Earl Whitehill, Bob Tuel;   back row - Jim Peters, Geoff Goll, Will Stamp and David Hughes.

We, as Americans, are very grateful for our service men and women for the sacrifices they have made in protecting our freedom.  THANK YOU!!!

Bill of Sale     
on Display      

In the course of organizing, reviewing, and cataloguing our many assets and donations we find gems that have been forgotten.  Of special interest is a Bill of Sale for a slave named Adoh Carter and her two young sons.  This bill of sale was drawn up on the 15th day of June, 1827 in Loudown County, VA for the sum of $400.

The photo of Adoh was taken in 1871 in Barnesville, Ohio.  She was 26 years old at the time of the sale, making her about 20 when the photo was taken.  Her hands look strong and appear to have seen hard work in her 20 years.

In July 9th 1988, Tom Richards (95 yrs. old) and his daughter, Miss Marjorie (about 75 yrs. old), donated this document to Caroline Lehwald for the Salem Historical Society’s Freedom Hall.  These documents have recently been reframed for display.

This document becomes meaningful in helping us understand why Salem, the city of Peace, was a significant supporter of the anti-slave movement.