Chelsea Area Historical Museum reopens with special events

By Shawn Personke

The Chelsea Area Historical Museum will reopen on March 5, 2022, from noon to 3 p.m., with a “Bring a Friend Sneak Peek” event. Guides will welcome visitors throughout the museum and show and share the stories of Chelsea’s families, buildings and businesses.

A new exhibit – War and Public Health Campaigns – opens featuring First World War and American Red Cross artifacts that were discovered and donated by Mike Jackson when Vogels & Fosters closed on iconic Chelsea clothing store.

ACSS chairman Jan Bernath is delighted to share this unique part of Chelsea’s past, particularly as it mirrors and parallels the 1918 pandemic.

A photograph of members of the Vogel family wearing early 20th century hats is one of many artifacts and exhibits at the Chelsea Area Historical Museum.

“What a pleasure that Helen Vogel’s involvement in the Red Cross effort over 100 years ago has been found and donated to the museum in this time of medical concern.” Bernard said.

The museum is also looking to strengthen its team of guides. New museum guides are immersed in Chelsea’s fascinating history and can volunteer to lead tours as often as their schedule allows.

“The March 5 event at the Museum will be a great opportunity to take a look at what a docent does and how it might work for you,” Bernath added.

The museum is located in the 1853 Boyd House at 128 Jackson St., across from the Chelsea Depot. For more information on volunteering, tours or membership, visit or call 734.476.2010.

The Chelsea Area Historical Society’s mission is to collect and preserve the history of the Chelsea area, educate the public, and promote the restoration and preservation of historic buildings and sites for future generations.

Shippers of specimens from the First World War era are part of the Chelsea Area Historical Museum’s new exhibit, Campaigns of War and Public Health, which opens March 5, 2022.

Photos courtesy of CAHS

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