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. 

Celebrate the Purple Rose Theatre's 25th Anniversary!!!! Come see the display in the museum before it disappears!

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Purple Rose Theatre with us.  The CAHS is hosting a special exhibit in conjunction with the Purple Rose Theater.  We also have a video about the Purple Rose that can be viewed during your visit.  Come see the special exhibit, and help us celebrate the 25th anniversary of Chelsea's Purple Rose Theatre!!  Thank you to the Purple Rose for making history!


Location:  Chelsea Historical Museum, 128 Jackson Street (across from the historic depot).

Display will be up until the holiday! Open weekends:  Saturday 11-3 PM, Sunday 12-3 PM

Grace Shackman Presented at the Membership Meeting on November 9th, 2015

Grace Shackman is a history columnist for the Ann Arbor Observer, the Community Observer, and the Old West Side News.  She is the author of four books: Ann Arbor in the 19th Century, Ann Arbor in the 20th Century, Ann Arbor Observed, and Webster: A Time, A Place, A People.  Grace served eight years as a Washtenaw County Commissioner.  She has been teaching local history at Washtenaw Community College since 1998.  Grace recently was awarded the "2014 Old West Side Citizen Award" for her recording the history of the community.


Grace presented a program on Midcentury Modern Architecture.  She shared photos of homes and highlighted the characteristics and designers of the style.  She made the presentation come alive with her photographic "tours" of the homes and and her descriptions of their unique features.  

2nd Annual Chelsea Holiday Homes Tour, December 5 During the Hometown Holiday Celebration


2nd Annual Holiday Home Tour--1:00-4:00 PM  Tour starts at the Chelsea Area Historical Museum at 128 Jackson Street across from the historic Depot. Visitors are welcome to join a docent led walking tour of several of Chelsea's historic homes.  Enjoy each homes holiday decor while learning about each homes unique history. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at the museum during open hours on the weekends, at the Chelsea Pharmacy or call 734-562-2008. Proceeds support the Chelsea Area Historical Society's Museum and Programs.  

Be sure to stay in town and enjoy the 11th Annual Chelsea Light Parade at 6:00 PM--the route this year will end on Jackson Street right near our museum and the Chelsea Depot!!  

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.