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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


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​​BREAKERS BALL

JULY 30, 2016

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON FOR ADVANCE PURCHASE.

THERE WILL BE TICKETS FOR INDIVIDUAL SEATS AS WELL AS TABLES FOR 8.


MUSIC, BEVERAGES, HEAVY APPETIZERS, ACTIVITIES, COSTUMES (IF YOU WANT TO DRESS UP), AND LOADS OF FUN!

SAVE THIS DATE AND WATCH FOR DETAILS.


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!

​COMING EVENTS FOR 2016

May 21  - (our first day open) we participate in International Museum Day – along with a dozen Sandusky Ohio museums.

​July 30 - Breakers Ball - A Roaring 20's themed fundraiser event.

July 16 – Visit our booth at Islandfest - downtown

August 6 – Arts & Crafts Show on the museum grounds.

August 14 – This is our Annual meeting and we have a guest speaker (more details later)

August 20 – Check us out at Homecoming - At the pavilion on Addison Street

September 10 – Stop by the largest yard sale on the Island and at 11:00 we have a presentation on Monarch Butterflies by our Audubon Club.

​​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. ​