Chelsea District Library is pleased to announce the receipt of grants from the Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) and the Community Tourism Action Plan (CTAP) Program for a World War I Installation and Digitization project scheduled for July – November 2016.

World War I: Strong Foundations, New Possibilities will be a physical and digital project on display in downtown Chelsea. WWI era photographs, letters, stories, and artifacts will be curated to expand the historical record archived here on Stories of Chelsea. A selection of these digitized photographs will be enlarged and printed on outdoor banners for display throughout the Chelsea Commercial Historic District. Our Ribbon Cutting for this project is scheduled for Saturday, July 30th at 11am at Chelsea District Library.

How can you help? 

Go through old family photos and artifacts and talk to family members about your family history.  Photos and documents can be scanned to include here on Stories of Chelsea or as one of our banners. You can also volunteer to be recorded reading a letter or telling a story about a relative during World War I. Artifacts such as medals or uniforms can also be displayed here at the library. Contact our intern, Sarah Conrad at sconrad@chelseadistrictlibrary.org.

If you want to be more actively involved, consider being a Docent for the program and provide guided tours of the installation. If you are interested, contact Keegan Sulecki, Head of Adult Services at ksulecki@chelseadistrictlibrary.org.

More about the project.

Deborah Greer, co-Director of Chelsea River Gallery conceptualized this project and her partner, also co-Director, Patti Schwarz are instrumental in its planning and implementation. This project has been presented to Chelsea City Council, Chelsea Downtown Development Authority, members of the Chelsea American Legion Post 31 and VFW Post & Auxiliary No. 4076 and has met with much support from these partners. Other partners include, Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce and Chelsea Historical Society.

Check back frequently for updates and to view the photos and stories from Chelsea area residents as they roll in!


This Project is a Partnership with:


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Herbert J. McKune
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This project is funded in part by Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.