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

Monday - Friday,  July 17-21, 2017     9:30am - Noon
          Hands-On-History Learn Local! summer camp for kids grades 5-8
          $35 registration, call 330-424-9591x184 to register.

Monday - Friday,  July 17-21, 2017     12:30 - 3pm
          Hands-On-History Learn Local! summer camp for kids grades 5-8
          $35 registration, call 330-424-9591x184 to register.

Saturday, July 29, 2017   6 - 8pm   Our 70th anniversary Porch Party at the Museum
          Food, music, fellowship, and walk through exhibits. Begin at any entrance. Free.
Saturday, July 29, 2017  8pm      First Ghost Tour of the season

         Reservations made at 330-205-3923.  See below for the full schedule.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017  6pm    Monthly Meeting- Covered Dish Picnic at Centennial Park

          "Update on Salem Parks" , presented by Steve Faber, Director of Parks and Recreation

Tuesday, September 12, 2017  7pm  Monthly Meeting at KSU City Center

        "The Architecture of Charles H. & Charles F. Owsley"

         presented by Ginger Grilli, Local Researcher and Preservationist

Tuesday, October 10, 2017  7pm   Monthly Meeting at Dale Shaffer Meeting Room

        "The History of Trolls", presented by Sherry Groom, Owner/Director of the Troll Museum

2017 Schedule


Events and Activities

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.

....keeping and making history

The Salem Historical Society

Monthly Meetings:     

            2nd Tuesday each month 7pm
Meeting Room, Dale Shaffer Library,

Lower Level   239 South Lundy

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2017 Quakertown Trolley Tours

To make special arrangements, or for reservations or questions call the following numbers and leave a message.  Trolley Tours can also be scheduled on request by calling 330-337-8514.  Your call will be returned.  Click here to download a printable schedule.

For the Underground Railroad tour – call 330-337-6733
For the Ghost Trolley and Walking Tours – call 330-205-3923
Information can also be sent to

To schedule a special event with our trolley, call us at 330-337-8514.

The 2017 Salem Historical Society UGRR Trolley Tour schedule:

Saturday, Aug 12      12pm

Sunday, Aug 20         1:30pm

Saturday, Sept 9      12pm

Sunday, Sept 17        1:30pm

Saturday, Oct 7        12pm

Saturday, Oct 14      12pm

Sunday, Oct 29         1:30pm

2017 Ghost Trolley Tour Schedule

Saturday, Jul 29        8pm

Saturday, Aug 26        8pm

Saturday, Sept 30      8pm

Saturday, Oct 14        6, 8, & 10pm

Saturday, Oct 21        6, 8, 10pm

2017 Ghost Walking Tour

Friday, Oct 13     8pm   (It's Friday, the 13th)

Friday, Oct 20     8pm

Friday, Oct 27     6pm     DINNER and GHOST WALK (details pending)


The Ghost Walk is $10 per person

Ghost/Underground Trolley tour is $15 per person.

Tour of Salem's Underground Railroad Homes

The docent, dressed as a Salem Quaker, takes passengers back in time to the year 1856.  Following the sharing of many stories, the travelers will return to the twenty-first century with a better understanding of the plight of slaves, the working of the Underground Railroad, and the abolitionist movement that flourished in Salem prior to the Civil War.  Since the homes are private and entrances not possible, a screen inside the trolley displays over 100 slides of the insides of the homes, the Underground Railroad hiding places, and several abolitionists who lived in or visited them.  The slides will also help clarify the historical information presented during the program.  The tour takes about 75 minutes.  Cost is $15 per person and a minimum of 15 is necessary to conduct the tour.  The tour is subject to cancellation if the minimum is not reached two days before scheduled date.

Ghost Walks and Trolley Tours

During the walks, participants are taken around Salem, learning of our city's "haunted" past.  Participants should wear good walking shoes.  The walk is held rain or shine at a cost of $10 per person.

The Salem Ghost Trolley Tour takes participants out of the downtown area to famous graves and other "haunted" areas around Salem.  The cost of the trolley tour is $15.

Museum Tours

The Museum buildings are open each Sunday afternoon, May through October, 1-4pm.  There is a small admission charge for non-members.

Organizations are encouraged to schedule tours for their members.  School reunions often include the Museum in their planned activities.  Arrangements for special tours for groups of five or more can be made by calling the Museum Director at 330-337-8514..

2017 Museum Tour Fees:

          Adult (18 yrs and older)     $6

          Child (ages 5-7)                   $3

          Children under 5               Free

Groups of 10 or more receive $1 /person discount

Salem Historical Society Members Tour Free

Individuals can stop in at the Shaffer Memorial Research Library Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 9 until noon to arrange a tour, do research, donate historical items, or talk to our staff and volunteers.


The Dale Shaffer Research Library is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9-12 for research.  Although research walk-ins are welcome, we encourage a prior call so we can have materials ready for your research topic.


Our facilities and the Salem Quaker Trolley are available to rent for your special event or celebrations.  Please call the Salem Historical Society for availability and pricing.  Our meeting room includes a kitchen area and an optional small stage.  We have a lovely outdoor gazebo that has recently been renovated and landscaped, as well as our well-manicured outdoor Heritage Garden.