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Help preserve Salem’s history

January 26, 2012
Morning Journal News


Dear friends of the Salem Historical Society,

In late spring 2012, the Salem Historical Society will open the doors to the Dale Shaffer Research Library. This wonderful addition to the historical society is a legacy left by Dale Shaffer to the citizens of Salem.

The building will contain a research library, a conference room, and a separate area dedicated to The Industry & Transportation of Salem. This dedicated area will focus on sharing information through various artifacts representing facets of Salem's history in these areas.

I am honored to have been asked to assist in assembling and displaying some of the many artifacts that have been graciously donated to the society over the years. Some of these will cover Mullins, American Standard, Eljer, Bliss, Electric Furnace, National Sanitary, Salem China, the Silver Company, etc. The goal is to define the various industries that shaped Salem and the world. In fact, if one considers all that was created in Salem, it is quite likely that there was something from our town in every home and in every city in the United States prior to 1970.

Even though the historical society has many items which will be included in the display, I felt that perhaps there were other key representations of Salem that may exist within the community and would only serve to further enhance this exhibit.

As an example, Mullins made Youngstown Kitchens metal cabinetry. At this time, the museum does not have any examples of this product - only photographs and models. Another example would be one of the large statues or fountains that Mullins made and which today may be found in various cities throughout the world.

I hope that you will give some thought to this worthy project. Perhaps you will think of something that is significant to Salem's history and would like to include with this exhibit. If so, please contact David Stratton, director; or Janice Lesher, curator; or myself, the coordinator for the Transportation & Industry Exhibit. It is such an exciting undertaking. Please remember that any donations to the Salem Historical Society - either material or financial - are tax deductible.

Mickey Cope Weaver




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