Our MUSEUM & GIFT SHOP hours for 2020
We are closed for the season, but can still accommodate you by appointment only - contact us at kiMuseum@msn.com
The Parsonage Resale Shop is (generally) open 12-4 daily
They will stay open as long as they have volunteers to work or it gets too cold!
The Museum, gift shop, Parsonage Resale Shop are located at
224 Division Street, Kelleys Island, next to the Stone Church.
JUST A SHORT WALK FROM DOWNTOWN.
The museum admission fee is a very reasonable:
$3.00 per person
$5.00 for a family (up to 6 people)
Groups of 6 or more - $1.00 each
Members get in free
For a small additional fee we can arrange for a speaker and/or slideshow telling the story of the Island's History. We can make special arrangements for large groups to tour the museum.
AN EPIDEMIOLOGICAL STUDY OF THE 1920 EPIDEMIC OF INFLUENZA IN AN ISOLATED RURAL COMMUNITY
During the influenza epidemic of 1920, this incredibly detailed study was done on the Island. It was the perfect place since it was isolated in the winter with minimal exposure, making it easy to trace origins and transmittal rates. There are loads of charts and graphs and the goal of interviewing everyone on the Island was fully accomplished. In all, 53% of the population contracted influenza and two died.
Iron Jawed Angels - a great movie that
details the struggle for women gaining the right to vote in 1920 with the 19th Amendment
OUR 2017 EXHIBIT
Our 2017 display featured a Kelleys Island Kitchen - you know, the one your Grandma had. Did you know that they had a (somewhat) automatic bread machine in the early 1900's? And remember all those wood handled kitchen utensils? We had everything but the kitchen sink (and stove) on display.
Our exhibits for 2020
How Islanders saw Women's Suffrage in 1867.
OUR 2018 EXHIBITS
We had two featured exhibits in the museum in 2018. The first was a history of ELECTRICITY on this Island. We make it easy to read those interesting stories about candles, oil lamps, and the very early days of gas lights and electricity. Hancock Wood is celebrating its 80th year on Kelleys Island. There are tidbits from the Island newspaper as well as loads of pictures from the 1953 installation of the underwater cable (and our thanks to Hancock Wood for sharing these). We also have a small, but very interesting display of early electric and non-electric appliances that were used in the modern kitchen. We still have a vintage ice box that was once used in the Parsonage on display.
Our 2nd display features bathing suits and photos of bathing beauties from the 1950's.
OUR EXHIBITS FOR 2019
Commercial fishing around the Island with stories, photos, artifacts belonging to our Island fishermen and their friends.
Also, and the history of the Kelleys Island Landowners Assoc.