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From the CHS "Bleu Print"
November 2022
History Behind Rival Towns: Chelsea vs. Dexter
by Sonja Schemahorn
From the President - Jan Bernath


"Circa" - Summer 2022

We are open and in full swing, and in addition to our Saturday hours of noon to 3 pm, we see many visitors during Sounds and Sights from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. 

People are intrigued by the new '70s exhibit that was made possible by people loaning their '70's artifacts.  This a great collaborative effort between the community and CAHS. As we move forward, we will choose another decade. 


We have established a GoFundMe page to help us reach our Building Legacy Fund goal of $20,000.   To make a direct contribution, please do so by visiting CAHS GoFundMe Legacy Fund 

Other ways to contribute in the community. Thanks to Culver’s for a fundraiser on August 9 & 10 for the Building Legacy Fund to raise money to keep our Museum in good shape,  The exterior of the building needs painting, so that’s our first priority.   Also,  our windows need some tender loving care soon.  We all know the unexpected repairs that come along, so we’re getting ready for those!    


Jet’s Pizza has kindly agreed to partner with us to fundraise for the Legacy Fund in the fall sometime.  We’ll let you know the dates for that yummy partnership.

In September we have two new programs..and more in the works

  • Insiders Look at the Old Mack/New Agricole Building on Monday, Sept. 12, 7pm

  • Be a Home History Sleuth, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6pm

People are asking if we are having the Holiday Home Tour this year.  Due to covid, we have put this on further hiatus for at least another year.  


There are new possibilities for telling Chelsea’s story.

In July we were asked by Chelsea Retirement Community to provide narration as we rode in a trolley car to visit our iconic homes, sites, and downtown buildings.  Two stops came alive when Howdy Holmes boarded the trolley handing out delicious Jiffy brownies and Lucas Daniels told the story of how the Purple Rose evolved from a building previously used as a garage owned by his grandfather, Bob Daniels, and purchased by his father, Jeff Daniels.  So if you have access to a  trolley or bus and would like such a tour, please contact us to talk about the possibilities!


We are working with the Chelsea Alumni Association to offer alumni a tour of the Museum when they come to town for their reunions.  These are set up by calling 734 476 2010 or emailing 

We have a booth at the Chelsea Antique Mall that is fully stocked with our books, cards, mugs and other CAHS products.  Booth number 113 can be visited any time and has a cashier on site at the door of the mall.


Ways to make your story part of Chelsea’s story.

We invite you to tell your Chelsea story to share along with the stories on our website. For consideration, please submit to  It’s our collective memories that make history.


Also, if you have an idea for a program, please let us know by calling 734 476 2010.


That’s all for now!


Jan Bernath




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Did You Know... 
About Jiffy Mix!

The American Woman Who Created the First Baking here.

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Selling “good old-fashioned fashion,” as The Chelsea

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