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NEWS FROM THE PAST  (AND THE PRESENT)

WE ARE CLOSED FOR THE SEASON, ​BUT YOU CAN STILL SHOP IN OUR ONLINE STORE

​AND CONTACT US AT KImuseum@msn.com 

WE HAVE LOTS OF FUN STUFF PLANNED FOR 2016


​​​Kelley's Hall was the place where Islanders met, socialized and held  large parties; parties that often had dinners. Since the stove in the basement had to be replaced, a New Year's Ball was held to raise money for a new stove.

     January 1877 - "The New Year's Ball Monday evening, the proceeds of which are to be used to pay for that 'horrid stove,' was a financial as well as social success. The receipts bring $64.06. We hope those who staid at home and twirled their thumbs, because somebody else went, enj​oyed the serenity of body and mind to which that delightful past time is conducive." The new stove was purchased by the Trustees of the Township, but Islanders found that "we are now as bad off as we were in the first place for the stove has been but a few days in the Hall and it is not safe to build a fire in it now....We cannot believe that the stove was thoroughly examined before it was bought, for any person looking at the inside of it would think that an earth-quake had passed through it." The Trustees spent $35 for the stove and apparently bought it used. The stove would be a 'hot toppic' for months.


It's time to renew your membership

JUST CLICK HERE ​TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR 2016

but wait, there's more!

For the first time ever​, if you join as a PATRON or a LIFE member

we will send you a FREE copy of the Norman Hills book: 

The History of Kelleys Island!

So join today!

​​THE FIRST OHIO HISTORICAL MARKER ON THE ISLAND

​​​Our thanks to Leslie Korenko for putting this grant together and to the William G. Pomery Foundation for awarding us this grant and making this marker possible.

Marker Church Website.jpgThe German Reformed Church

The German Reformed Church was organized on Kelleys Island in 1865.  The congregation built this church from island stone in 1866 on ½ acre of land purchased from Alfred S. and Hannah Kelley.  By 1871, the congregation, one of five on the island, heard services in German and had 25 families as members, including those of Baumler, Beatty, Becker, Boker, Burger, Cattenach, Dodge, Elfers, Fischer, Gerlach, Hess, Huber, Jordon, Keifer, Lange, Nowalk, Pringnitz, Renter, Schaedler, Scheele, Smith, Stoll, Suhr, and Trieschman.  Rev. A. William Von Kaske was the congregation's last resident minister, leaving in 1915.  The church's final service, a funeral for William Burger, was held in 1942.  The church's Ladies Aid Society was able to maintain the building until 1957, after which it was left vacant.  The Kelley's Island Historical Association leased the church in 1981 and was granted the deed in 1986.


Parsonage pic.jpgThe Parsonage

The congregation of the German Reformed Church built a parsonage on land purchased for $51 from Mrs. An​​ne Twidney on August 8, 1888.  By 1915, the island’s population and the congregation had dwindled and the latter could no longer support a resident minister.  The church’s trustees rented the house to the Betzenheimer family.  Florence (“Sis”) Betzenheimer McKillips carried on her mother Emma’s role of caring for the German Reformed Church and parsonage even after both buildings became part of the Kelleys Island Historical Association in the 1980s.  The association granted Mrs. McKillips use of the house until her death in 2013 at the age of 92.  It has no running water and is serviced by a hand pump in the kitchen and an outhouse in the back yard. ​


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​In 2015 our displays  featureed sport fishing and ice fishing and our Annual Meeting guest speaker was Tory Gabriel, from Sea Grant/OSU who talked about The History of Lake Erie Fishing. He is part of the research teams studying Lake Erie. He did a great job - some people arrived late - but it was standing room only!


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So many people enjoyed our Ice Fishing (without the ice) interactive display. They were able to sit in an actual ice shanty and 'fish' for little magnetic fish. This was a first for many people. Loads of great comments.​​