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. 

Saturday, September 26 Celebrate the Purple Rose Theatre's 25th Anniversary!!!!

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Purple Rose Theatre with us on Saturday September 26th.  The CAHS is planning a special exhibit in conjunction with the Purple Rose.  Wine and cheese will be served at the CAHS Museum between 3 and 8 PM and there will be a video about the Purple Rose playing on TV.  Come see the special exhibit, enjoy some wine and cheese 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).

Time:  September 26 (Saturday) between 3 and 8 PM.

Notice of Special Membership Meeting, Oct. 14

Notice of Membership Special Meeting. October 14, 2015 at the Chelsea Depot, 6:30 PM.  Agenda: Presentation of Bylaws amendments for Membership approval. Copies available for review at the Museum prior to the meeting. Please call 476-2010 to make arrangements to review the document prior to the meeting. 

Get Your Space Reserved -- Still have some inside and outside spaces for the "Tag It Sale" Get your space or register your own garage sale today!!

Sign up for a parking space, a table or to have your own garage sale listed by using the Sign-Up Genius below.  The parking spaces are located where the Livery used to stand on Jackson Street.  There will be inside spaces available inside the Clocktower Commons.  These spaces are limited, so  make sure you sign up soon!  You may also call the CAHS for more information at 734-476-2010 and someone will get back to you with more details.  If you would like to list your own garage sale with us and have a sign for your yard, you may also get that information and the cost by contacting us.


Click on the link below for the sign-up-genius  to reserve your space or to obtain your yard sign and get on the list to be posted on the map of all the sponsored garage sales.  Once you have signed up, please mail your check to reserve the space to;

Chelsea Area Historical Society

P.O. Box 477

Chelsea, MI  48118

or drop your payment off during the museum's open hours on weekends.




Click on the link below to use the Sign-Up Genius to reserve a space:



Our Sincere Thanks!

We would like to express our sincere thanks to the Chelsea Community Foundation for awarding us a $25,000 grant on June 18.  The grant is awarded to the City of Chelsea for support for the Chelsea Area Historical Society to enchance Chelsea's historical educatiional programming by creating signage and professional exhibits.  Thank you so much for your support!!


Last Chance to Get Your Raffle Tickets--Drawing 8/29

Get your raffle ticket before it's too late!!  The drawing will be held at the Chelsea Community Fair on August 29.  Stop by the CAHS booth in the merchants building at the fair and buy your ticket for your chance to win $5,000.  Tickets are $20 each and there will be a maximum of 1000 tickets sold.  

Museum Hops:  Exploring Local History Up Close and Personal--Come Along With Us!

Join in on visiting other museums in the area by coming along on our MUSEUM HOPS.  We have two scheduled for the month of August.  August 16 for the Plymouth Historical Museum in Plymouth and August 9 for the Gardner House Museum in Albion, 1-5 PM, join up with others interested in touring other local museums and get more ideas for our own museum.  Here's the plan:


No reservations are required.  Just show up at the Chelsea Depot a bit before 1 PM.  We will go rain or shine, one car or several. We will car pool and will depart shortly after 1 PM.  Maps will be provided for drivers.  We will drive for 45-60 minutes to a nearby town and visit their museum.  After approximately 2 hours we will head for home.  Cars will be back in Chelsea between 4-5 PM or earlier. However, for the return trip each car is on its own--stops for a snack or dinner can be part of the afternoon if all in the car agree. Riders are expected to contribute gas money to the driver.


If you have any questions regarding these upcoming Museum Hops, please feel free to contact Barbara Zikmund.  Her email address is: 


Buy a Raffle Ticket for a Chance to Win $5,000

How would you like a chance at winning a grand prize of $5,000?  We are selling a maximum of 1000 raffle tickets as a summer fundraising event.  The tickets are for sale for $20 each.  You may purchase tickets at the museum or from CAHS members.  The drawing will be held at the Chelsea Fairgrounds on August 29, 2015.  You need not be present to win.   First Prize is $5,000, Second Prize is $2,000 and Third Prize is $1,000.  Why not buy a chance to win--pretty good odds and since the CAHS is a 501(c)(3) organization, your ticket is your receipt for tax purposes.  

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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.