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
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.
The 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.
The congregation of the German Reformed Church
built a parsonage on land purchased for $51 from Mrs. Anne 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.