Important dates

Here are milestones of the Salem Historical Society and Museum.

1947: Salem Historical Society Inc. is formed after two friends, Roy W. Harris and Frank Yengling, discovered during a chance meeting that they both thought the city needed a historical society. One of the 44 original members, Bernice Melitschka, is still active.

1971: W. Ray Pearce, a charter member of the society, gives his property for the society’s first home.

1975: The society buys the adjoining house, which is then connected to the first.

1979: A large meeting room is added to the museum at 208 S. Broadway Ave.

1988: Freedom Hall, a replica of Liberty Hall in Salem that was the meeting place for the Western Headquarters of the Anti-Slavery Association, is build at the rear of the museum property.

1992: A garage and 1923 car are refurbished.

2007: Society celebrates its 60th anniversary.

Source: Salem Historical Society and Museum

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