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Message From the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of the Ella Sharp Museum is looking forward to the next phase in the museum’s evolution. Ella Sharp Museum is an asset to our community, and we are excited to strengthen its ties under new leadership for both present and future generations. The Board wishes only the best for Diane Gutenkauf […]

Jackson History – Ella Merriman Sharp

She was a woman well ahead of her time advocating for Michigan forests in the late 19th and early 20th century. Ella Merriman Sharp was the first woman to speak at the Michigan Forestry Association annual meeting in 1909. Her involvement in Forestry and Civic Improvement went hand in hand. Ella was also one of […]

Jackson History – Lucy Thurman

This week we are honoring Lucy Thurman, a driving force in the temperance movement. Lucille Thurman was one of the founding members of the Women’s Christian Temperance Movement (WCTU) in the 1870s and the only African American woman involved in its formation. Living in Jackson, Michigan during the late 19th century, she lectured on temperance […]

Jackson History – Ruth Abraham Thulin

  A leading Jackson female in engineering and design, Ruth Abram won first prize in the Sparks Gateway competition in the 1930s. Ruth “Abram” Abraham Thulin studied decorative design for four years at the architectural school of the University of Michigan. After completing her studies, Ruth was hired in at the Civil and Hydraulics Engineering […]

Jackson History – Vivian Kellogg

  It’s Women’s History Month! We’re celebrating by sharing with you, each week, the stories and history of women from Jackson, MI. This week, we are celebrating Vivian Kellogg. Vivian “Kelly” Kellogg, born in 1922 and raised in Jackson, grew up playing sandlot baseball. As a teenager, Vivian played in the Girls Athletic Association competitions. […]

Annual Report 2020

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Clay Classroom Updates

Clay Classroom Updates During our down time in 2020, our clay studio received a few updates and improvements. Thanks to the generous donations from community members and the Jackson Pottery & Clay Guild, the studio received a brand-new kiln, ceiling fan, downdraft vent, faucets, and sink! Thank you to all who made these improvements possible: […]

Thank You to Our Ella Heroes

Thank You to Our Ella Heroes Thank you to our Ella Hero’s. Due to your generosity, we were able to exceed our year end goal. Ella Sharp Museum would like to recognize our Ella Hero’s. The below list of individuals, organizations and businesses donated $250 or more to our Ella Hero end-of-year campaign.

Special Holiday Hours Starting December 21st

Special Holiday Hours December 21 – December 25: Closed December 26: 10 am – 5 pm December 27: 12 pm – 5 pm December 28 – January 1: Closed January 2: 10 am – 5 pm January 3: 12 pm – 5 pm

Bring John Oliver to Ella Sharp Museum

Bring John Oliver’s “Finest Art” to Ella Sharp Museum     You can help bring John Oliver’s Finest Art to Ella Sharp Museum. John Oliver of Last Week Tonight is coming to the aid of five museums and local food pantries. The Ella Sharp Museum could be the host of his finest art collection and […]

Ella Sharp Museum Offering Micro Weddings Inside Historic Hillside Farmhouse

Ella Sharp Museum Offering Micro Weddings Inside Historic Hillside Farmhouse For the first time ever, Ella Sharp Museum will be offering wedding ceremonies inside our unique historical farmhouse. Weddings inside the home are meant to be a small-scale event. Per current guidelines we are limited to ten people per wedding. The museum is now booking […]

Get to Know the Ella’s Past President – Dan Machnik

Who is Dan Machnik? I was born and raised less than 2 miles from the Ella. I graduated from Lumen Christi in 1994 and spent the next 4 years living in Kalamazoo, where I graduated from WMU in 1998 and then lived in Chicago for about 10 years. Jackson called me home in 2007. I […]

Meet Myrna Berlet

The Living Wilderness: The Story of Berlet Films Walter and Myrna Berlet shared an interest in two things, each other, and teaching wildlife conservation through film. The pair’s strong teamwork and passion for teaching about the natural world led to the creation of Berlet Film and Video, an academic wildlife film company based in Jackson […]

Reduced Hours of Operation

Reduced Hours of Operation 3225 Fourth Street, Jackson, MI – July 31, 2020 – Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and in order to be fiscally responsible during these trying times, Ella Sharp Museum has made the difficult decision to reduce hours of operation. Employees of Ella sharp Museum will be furloughed or see reduced […]

Get to Know Ella’s Board of Trustees – Rebecca Dorian

Who is Rebecca Dorian? After graduating with a degree in Finance from Grand Valley State, I returned home to work at our family company- Lomar Machine and Tool where I have spent the past 10 years. During my time at Lomar, I completed an MBA program through Central Michigan University. My husband Jason and I […]

Get to Know the Ella Staff – Holly

Who is Holly? Hello! My name is Holy Lazor. I have been working at the museum for almost one year. I have learned a great deal about Jackson since working at the museum. I’m a Chicago native. I love to travel and had the opportunity to visit Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Alaska, Hawaii, and cruised most […]

Meet the Ella Volunteers – Soha Babar

Meet Soha Babar My name is Soha Babar and I moved to Jackson about 2 years ago (from Pakistan). Jackson has become my second home and I have learnt to love absolutely everything about this place. I studied Biomedical Engineering but right now I’m trying to switch to digital art.     The reason I […]

Rachel Varamay Featured on The Morning Blend

Rachel Varamay, Curator of Exhibits, talks about their upcoming exhibit ‘Spirited Prohibition in America’ and how local artists can get involved.   View on Fox47 News Website

Get to Know the Ella Staff – Chelsea

Who is Chelsea? Hey guys! My name is Chelsea Melin (Ma-Lean, I know it looks like Melon) I’m from Texas but spent most of my life here in Jackson Michigan. I have to express how much I love our amazing state. Gardening, snowboarding, hiking in the woods, spending time with my family & best friends, […]

Recent Events

Dear friends and supporters of the Ella Sharp Museum, During these challenging times, we at the Ella Sharp Museum acknowledge the challenges recent events present for our community. As Jackson’s history museum, we reflect on Jackson’s proud and rich African American history. We remember Michigan’s first black-owned bank, The New Jackson Bank, founded here in […]

Meet the Ella Volunteers – Doug and Diane Liechty

Meet Doug and Diane Liechty Doug and Diane have been married since 1985, live on Farwell Lake, have 2 amazing children and love to travel. They have sponsored 14 exchange students from Germany, Sweden, Thailand, South Korea, Croatia, and Brazil.     What work do you do or did you previously do? Doug is a […]

Get to Know the Ella Staff – Paige

Who is Paige? Hello all, I’m Paige. I am a born and raised Jackson native. I graduated from Vandercook Lake in 2014, and started my journey as an artist, dabbling in all sorts of different mediums and art styles, mostly gravitating towards acrylic or watercolor. I have been in quite a few Jackson area art […]

Meet the Ella Volunteers – Rick and Monica Collett

Meet Rick and Monica Collett Rick’s family have lived in Michigan and the Jackson area for over 180 years. We were some of the early founders of Jackson, Vandercook Lake and areas south of Jackson. My family has been in the US since the 1600’s. The first members of my family to come here came […]

Get to Know the Ella Staff – Jena

Who is Jena? Hello! My name is Jena McKnight but some may know me as Jena Smoyer. I grew up in the rural outskirts of Jackson County. I spent my childhood surrounded by the outdoors and nature and in my downtime, you would find me drawing and painting. This led me to Detroit, where I […]

Get to Know the Ella Staff – Austin

Who is Austin? If you wanna see me at 100% Austin, just ask me about something space related. I love learning and sharing that knowledge, especially when it’s about outer space. I have my personal hobbies like listening to podcasts, photography, and reading comics, but my greatest joy is being around family and friends.   […]

Meet the Ella Volunteers – Sandy

Meet Sandy 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.   […]

Get to Know the Ella Staff – Katie

Who is Katie? Hello friends! My name is Katie Gigliotti (Jilly-oh-tee), welcome to my blog post! Now a little about me…I am a thirty-something year old idea-machine. I’m the oldest of two children and I’ve always been structured but able to think creatively. Growing up, my family frequently attended museums and plays. I come from […]

Meet the Ella Volunteers – Jim and Nancy

Meet Jim and Nancy While not native to Jackson, we have now been here for over 33 years and have come to call it home. We came here because Jim had a job opportunity at Aeroquip Corp – now Eaton Corp. Jim stayed with the company and worked through many engineering and management positions before […]

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