The Power of Preservation


Our mission is to preserve the places or our past. We believe  that the built environment enhances the quality of life in a community. The City of Salem has a rich heritage of social activity, architecture, and commerce worth preserving.



We have long term projects like the First Ladies presentations, Paint the Town/Operation Paintbrush, Reilly Wall, and Murals of Salem. We also do small and large projects that have a defined time period like Preservation Month in May, advocacy and research.


Salem Preservation has a small line of books, pamphlets, and CDs available for purchase. Walking and driving tours are our most popular items. At times we may also have commomorative and limited edition gifts for sale.


Local preservation events include Membership Meetings and Programs on the first Thursday of the month at 7pm, tours, lectures, social activities, and fundraisers. We'd love to have you join us.

Site Recogniton

Historic buildings that are 50 years and older are eligible for several types of recognition: OHI (Ohio Historic Inventory), Century House, and National Register of Historic Places. Find out how to nominate or research a site.