My name is Sandy DuPuis, I was born 100 years after Ella Sharp in Jackson, Michigan. I have spent my whole life in Jackson. I attended grade school at Queen of the Miraculous Medal and graduated from Lumen Christi High School. I also graduated from Jackson Community College and Spring Arbor College.
What work do you do or did you previously do?
I have been married 42 years to my husband, Phil. We owned and operated Dupuis et fils Jewelers in downtown Jackson. Our store was open for 110 years and family owned.
What drew you to volunteer with Ella Sharp Museum?
I have always enjoyed going to Ella Sharp Park and Museum and have very fond memoires of Ella’s house as a child. Once we retired I had more time to volunteer at the museum, something I was looking forward to doing. The museum has so much to offer the community. One of my favorite parts of the museum is Ella’s house that shows how people lived in Jackson around the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. It’s really nice to walk around Ella’s house see the things she owned during her lifetime.
What’s your best memory of ESM?
Some of my best memories of the museum has been being a docent in Ella’s house and the log cabin. It’s so fun to see the young children’s faces when I tell them how people lived in the past. I would like to thank Ella Sharp for leaving such a wonderful gift to the city of Jackson to be enjoyed by generation to come. It is a true treasure.
- On April 10, 2020