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These exhibits are designed to highlight aspects of Chelsea’s history that are of particular interest to our community.   Unless otherwise noted, these photographs comprise part of the Chelsea District Library’s Local History Collection.  We hope that you will find the exhibits entertaining.

Chelsea Savings Bank and Zou Zou’s Cafe

A Visit to the Fair takes viewers on a trip to the Chelsea Community Fair, back to good old 1956! These photographs come from the Ralph Guenther Collection that the Library is currently organizing and scanning. These are quite the walk down memory lane. In a lot of ways, the Community Fair is still the same–lots of carnival games, amusement park rides, and of course, plenty of fun!

Chelsea Historic Photographs is an animated slide-show exhibit that displays the photographs included in the Chelsea Historic Photograph Collection available here at the Library.

Historic Buildings, Then and Now combines modern-day photographs taken by Jim Hammel with photographs from the Library’s Local History Collection.

Dark Nights and Bright Tail Lights is comprised of time-lapse photographs taken by Chelsea resident Daniel Hammel in 1983.

Women’s Study Club Yearbooks is also an animated slide show, displaying the covers of the yearbooks from 1930-1995.  Without the Women’s Study Club’s activities and effort, the Library might not have been established here in Chelsea.