OUR GIFT SHOP & MUSEUM
will open on MAY 16 for Free Museum Day.
Free admission, an activity, and you get to view our new displays.
NEWS FROM THE PAST
February 1878 - “One of the pleasantest social gatherings ever enjoyed on the Island was given last evening (Feb. 15th). A few of the ladies took it into their wise heads to get up a little party on their own account and in their own way. So on Friday morning they quietly united their congenial friends to come to the Hall that evening. Without further explanation we put in an appearance at 8 o’clock and soon after the party had all assembled, there being about 50 present, varying in age from 10 years to 60. The first part of the evening was occupied in chatting of olden times, when we used to meet together for social enjoyment, vying with each other to see who could do the most to make these meetings the most agreeable, and the same spirit seemed to come over the party last evening.
Time seemed to fly. 9 o’clock came before we were aware of it and in came the Band as by magic, which betokened a dance and in less time than it takes to write it, the floor was filled with five sets for a Quadrille. The old, the young, and the middle aged, the Grandfather, son and Granddaughter entered into the dance as none other than the Islanders can. Their whole heart was in it and their toes too.”
From the book Kelleys Island 1877-1884 – The fire, the Great Grooves & a mysterious disappearance by Leslie Korenko. Available in the Museum Gift Shop this summer.
THIS YEAR WE ARE WORKING ON A DISPLAY ON RECREATIONAL FISHING. WE ARE LOOKING FOR STORIES, ARTIFACTS (WHICH YOU LOAN TO US) AND ITEMS RELATING TO RECREATIONAL FISHING. WE HOPE TO HAVE AN ICE SHANTY ON DISPLAY. contact us KImuseum@msn.com
THE FORD TRI-MOTOR - OUR TIN GOOSE
Jody Brausch, who spoke at our annual meeting, donated a piece of the corrugated aluminum that covered the fuselauge between the wings. Go ahead and touch it, you'll be surprised at how light it is. And take a look at the two chairs. Actually, they were the seats in the Tin Goose. You'll note that there is no place to affix them to the floor. This was an elegant but very unsafe ride.
Along with the Artifacts on loan from Jody Brausch, Dick McMonagle donated his negatives (from a Brownie camera) of photographs taken of the plane crash on July 3, 1954, while taking off from Kelleys Island.We are also working with the Liberty Aviation Museum (in Port Clinton) and Dale Hartlaub of Sandusky on this display.