Salem Historical Museum Gift Shop offering new book about pioneer years of Columbiana County

Author Leah Rudy, right, and Salem Historical Society gift shop attendant Gloria Judy welcome visitors. The gift shop is now offering Rudy’s book, “Columbiana County Pioneer Association,” a 405-page collection of association notes from 1870 to 1905. (Submitted photo)

SALEM– The Salem Historical Society Gift Shop is now offering a 405-page book of local interest covering 1870 to 1905. Leah Rudy, a local county resident, has spent many years researching the history of the “Columbiana County Pioneer Association.” She writes, “This book is a history of Columbiana County as seen through the eyes of the pioneers. In 1870, it was brought to the attention of the sons and grandsons of the pioneers that they should form an Association to keep alive the history of the first settlers in the county.”

Rudy continues, “So much history was being lost and would be forgotten if something wasn’t done to save it. Such an organization was formed and it met once a year to bring to their memories how the wilderness was settled, and their interactions and experiences with the indigenous people. Old newspapers were saved, articles were written about the first physicians, lawyers, teachers, merchants and all forms of labor of that day.”

She adds, “They wrote about the beginning of the Sandy and Beaver Canal, the start of the railroads and of the county fairs. The names of individuals attending the meetings were written down, where they came from and when they came, along with their ages. These meetings were held until about 1905 when they slowly were dropped. The leaders of these meetings hoped to have all this information written in a book and published, but it was never accomplished until now.”

During 2020 the United States is celebrating the 100th Suffrage Centennial and passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. The Salem Historical Society is featuring this history at the Museum located at 208 S. Broadway Ave. Artifacts highlight Ohio women who contributed to the cause and historical events held in the Buckeye State, especially Salem. Women’s clothing from 1850 to 1920 is also featured. The Museum, in air conditioning comfort, is open Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. (last tour begins at 3:30 p.m.), or by appointment. Admission is $6 adults and $3 youth ages 5-17. Members and children under 5 are free.

The Bookstore and Gift Shop at 239 S. Lundy Ave. will be open during exhibit hours. Patrons must wear masks. Cotton gloves will be provided and must be worn.

For information call the Museum at 330-337-8514 and leave a message.


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