Collection Contributions

The Ella Sharp Museum is committed to collecting your story. The museum has a collection of artifacts from the community that aids in the preservation of Jackson’s history. The collection is never complete and is constantly growing. If you’re interested in donating to the collection these are need-to-know facts.

How Do I Donate an Object?

We try to keep it as simple as possible. To donate to the Ella Sharp Museum collection you must set up an appointment with one of the Collections Department staff members. This appointment allows staff to document all the information related to a donation. All potential donations are brought to the Collections Committee. This committee decides as a group to accept or not accept donations to the collection.

When objects are donated to the Ella Sharp Museum, ownership is legally transferred to the Museum. There is the option of loaning objects and artwork to the Ella Sharp Museum for a specific exhibition if you are not ready to give up your belongings.

Contact the collections team at 517-787-2320 or E-mail us today!

View Objects and read stories

Visitors can view pieces from the permanent collection of Ella Sharp Museum while visiting the museum’s Jackson History Gallery. This is a semi-permanent exhibit and pieces do rotate from the collection.

Research at Ella Sharp Museum

 We welcome all researchers to the Ella Sharp Museum. The museum collects objects and archival records that relate to the history of Jackson and the surrounding areas. If you are interested in learning more about Jackson, the Ella Sharp Museum is the place to be. 

Contact the collections team at 517-787-2320 or E-mail us today!

Jackson County Obituary Index

The Jackson County Obituary Index lists all obituary entries from the Jackson Citizen, Patriot, and Citizen Patriot spanning to 1847. This project is the work of amazing volunteers partnering with the Ella Sharp Museum and the Jackson District Library and is free for researchers to use.

To view the list of the Jackson County Obituary Index, please contact Ella Sharp Museum at 517-787-2320 or

To view individual obituaries on microfilm, please visit the Carnegie branch of the Jackson District Library.