Chelsea Area Historical Society
Chelsea Area Historical Society

The Vision of the Chelsea Area Historical Society is to provide area residents a dynamic interaction with its history and heritage, and our Mission is to gather and preserve Chelsea area history for future generations, and to educate all generations. 

Headline Story for 2015...  We Have a Home!

The historic 1853 Boyd house at 128 Jackson Street, Chelsea, Michigan

WE DID IT!!  The Chelsea Area Historical Society took possession of the house at 128 Jackson Street on December 5, 2014. Shortly after that, we were able to move all the office items and the storage items to our new home.  Plans are to get everything settled in with a goal of opening our doors -- hopefully no later than spring 2015.  Thanks to everyone who provided support, both toward the purchase and the physical support of assisting in our move.  January is also the time to elect officers for the coming year.  This should be a very exciting year for us!!!  One of our next goals will be to pay off the mortgage.   We'll post updates as we go along.  Thanks again to everyone!

 

Perfect CAHS Home & Museum

 

The historic 1853 Boyd house at 128 Jackson Street is an ideal location for the organization’s permanent home. It sits directly across the street from Chelsea’s landmark depot, where CAHS holds its monthly public membership meetings. It is on the northern edge of the city’s foot traffic and will only enhance the city’s heritage tourism goals.

Events and Recent News...

New Beginnings:  A New Year Begins...The first in Our New Museum. CAHS Ushers in a New Board of Directors

February 7, 2015

 

On January 12th the CAHS general membership elected our 2015 Board of Director (BOD) Officers.  Newly elected President, Cary Church quickly appointed the Committee Chair Directors who were approved by the new officers at the beginning of the first BOD meeting of 2015 on February 7th.

 

The new board had quite a heavy agenda since there is a tremendous amount of work to do in 2015.  After all, thanks to the 2014 BOD and key members of the CAHS, we now have a permanent location to open Chelsea’s new History Museum.  This year’s goals include a soft opening of the museum in the spring with a grand opening later in the summer.  With our current budget, we plan to begin by having the museum open to the public three days a week plus special events and reserved field trips.  As funding allows, we hope to get to the point where the museum can be open most of or even seven days a week.

 

There is much to do by the board and membership to get the museum open to the public, expand its hours, develop a gift shop, reach sustained stability, and pay off the remaining land contract.  The 2015 board members include Cary Church, President; Jeanene Riemenschneider, Vice President; George Till, Treasurer; Liz Airey, Secretary; Sara Flintoft, Museum Director and Committee Chair; Jane Creswell, Membership Director and Committee Chair; Tom Diab, Events & Fundraising Director and Committee Chair; and Mark Creswell, Publishing & Website Director and Committee Chair.  In addition, Cary Church appointed and the BOD approved Kathy Clark Curator.

CAHS is Seeking Funding by Way of a Capital Campaign to Open & Finance Our New Home for our Heritage:  Finally a Chelsea History Museum is a Reality!

Chelsea Holiday Historical Home Tour, December 6, 2014

This year will begin a new tradition for Chelsea residents and visitors.  Five homes will be open from 2:00 to 5:00 PM on December 6 with histories old and new to delight you and bring you into the season during our Hometown Holiday Weekend. The Tour begins at the First Congregational Church, 121 E. Middle Street where maps will be provided.  Tickets will be available at the church the day of the tour and before that day at the Chelsea Pharmacy, Bumbles, and the Chamber of Commerce.  Cost for the event is $15/person.  The proceeds will be donated to the Chelsea Area Historical Society.  Many other events will be happening that weekend so be sure to check out the calendar at the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce.  Stay if you can for the 6:00 PM Hometown Holidays Light Paradeon Main Street and experience the holiday spirit of Chelsea.

Oak Grove Walking Tour

The Chelsea Area Historical Society has published a self-guided walking tour of the Oak Grove Cemetery. You can pick up the booklet at the CAHS office or at other area establishments.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser:  September 25th--Thank You to All!!!

We would like to thank you, our friends in the Chelsea and surrounding communities, for showing their support by coming out and contributing to our capital campaign Thursday evening at the Chelsea Depot at the CAHS Spaghetti Dinner Fund Raiser.  Your support made this event a huge success bringing in close to $5,000.  Thank you!!!

CAHS History Fest 2014 Photos