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Stories of Chelsea: A Community History Project, is the Chelsea District Library’s virtual home for our local history collection. Enjoy videos, documentaries, and other history projects, browse our collection of historic photos and newspapers, view episodes of Around Town with Linda, and search unique resource such as our Family History Index (local obituaries) or collection of birth and death registries. 

For assistance researching local history, complete CDL’s Local History Request Form or call a librarian at 734-475-8732 ext. 219. 

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Korean War Documentary: Watch Now

Chelsea Community History Project: Korean War from chelsealibrary on Vimeo.

We are proud to present our latest documentary, honoring the men who served in the Korean War and sharing their stories through film. The Chelsea Community History Project: Korean War was made possible through a partnership of the American Legion Post #31, Chelsea VFW Post #4076 and the Chelsea District Library. We thank our community sponsors as well. As part of the Chelsea Community History Project, this film was supported by the Chelsea Community Foundation. Thanks to Video Farm Productions for their creativity and hard work that went into this film.

Many thanks to the participants and supporters who made this film possible.

November 12th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|

Village Life Documentary: Now Available!

Chelsea Community History Project: Village Life from chelsealibrary on Vimeo.

The Chelsea Community History Project: Village Life documentary is a love letter to Chelsea, aimed a telling the story of how life in this community has changed through the years. We focused on the central downtown of Chelsea and collected the stories of longtime residents and business owners, sharing their recollections of how things used to be and how they came to be the way they are.

This film was made possible by the people who were willing to sit down and share their memories and stories with us on camera – thank you to our interview subjects. It was generously supported by the Chelsea Community Foundation. The film was made by the talented and hardworking folks at Video Farm Productions. Chelsea District Library librarians Emily Meloche and Sara Wedell  worked hard at making this concept a reality. Thanks to all those involved.

We premiered the Village Life documentary at the Washington Street Education Center on October 21, 2012 before a great crowd of Chelsea residents and supporters. Thanks to everyone who came out to be a part of this event!

This film will be available to borrow from the library or purchase through the Friends of the Chelsea District Library – please check with the library for details.

October 30th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Storm – 1950s band

In January of 1959, Ralph Guenther took photographs of Bill and Mac, members of a band called The Storm.  The two really hammed it up for the camera, posing with their guitars.

Does anyone remember The Storm? Do you know who else was in the band?  (Surely they were made up of more than two guitarists.)  If so, email Sarah at sconrad@chelseadistrictlibrary.org.

Bill from "The Storm"

 

Mac from "The Storm"

October 29th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|

Mock Elections – 1959

In 1959, Ralph Guenther was hired to take photographs for the Chelsea High School Yearbook.  A set of eleven photos seemed to be the results of the senior mock elections, and a little investigating in the 1959 yearbook revealed that to be true.  Take a look at the following pictures and try to guess what “awards” they won.  The answers are at the bottom of the page!

Delores Scripter and Loren Keezer

 

Elaine Walker and Bob Eder

 

Fritz Wagner and Sharon Slane

Don Ferguson and Anita Eisemann

 

Pat Merkel and Sandie Karner

Gus Steger and Priscilla Neal

Chuck Slocum and Veretta Greenwood

Sandie Fraser and Bob Smith

 

Lynn McMannis and Frank Fredericks

 

David Schroen and Ellen Keusch

Steve Bristle and Helen Lentz

Most Athletic

Delores Scripter and Loren Keezer
Friendliest

Elaine Walker and Bob Eder
Best School Spirit

Fritz Wagner and Sharon Slane
Best Dressed

Don Ferguson and Anita Eisemann
Best All Around

Pat Merkel and Sandie Karner
Most Flirtatious

Gus Steger and Priscilla Neal
Sleepiest

Chuck Slocum and Veretta Greenwood
Wittiest

Sandie Fraser and Bob Smith
Class Sweethearts

Lynn McMannis and Frank Fredericks
Most Studious

David Schroen and Ellen Keusch
Most Courteous

Steve Bristle and Helen Lentz
October 15th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|

Homecoming – 1959

This Saturday is the Homecoming dance at Chelsea High School.  Somehow I suspect it will look a little different than these photos from the 1959 CHS Homecoming dance, which were taken by Ralph Guenther.

October 1st, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|

Fall Means Football — 1950s

For many in this town, fall means Chelsea Football!  While you’re waiting for the Bulldog’s next game, jump back to the 1950s and take a look at these football pictures taken by Ralph Guenther, local photographer. 

 

This photo of Stan Knickerbocker was taken sometime in the 1950s.

 

Players and coaches study the plays (or, I suspect, pretend to for the photo). We don’t know the names of the people, or the exact date, but this photograph was taken sometime in the 1950s.

 

This picture and the two that follow it were taken on March 10 1959 for the Chelsea High School yearbook. I doubt they were playing football games in March, so it’s likely that these players suited up just for the camera.

 

Here’s the 1959 football team. This photo was also taken on March 10, 1959 for the CHS yearbook.

 As usual, if you are able to identify anyone in these photographs, email sconrad@chelseadistrictlibrary.org.

September 10th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|
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