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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 Ella’s Board of Directors President – George Brown

Who is George Brown? George is a Jackson native and has lived all over the country. He received his education here and worked in print and radio media and possesses a variety of skills in other areas. Music performance and production, art, history and the study of human interaction are his passions. George marries his […]

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 – Michelle

Who is Michelle? Hello everyone! I am Michelle Mikolajczyk (Micheal – Issac is how we say it) and in a few short days I will be marking my one year anniversary of working at the Ella! Jackson has always been my home, where I grew up, but I have been lucky to live in 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 […]

Get to Know the Ella Staff – Diane

Who is Diane? Hello Jackson! I’m thrilled to launch a series of blog posts from the Ella Sharp Museum. We have a great team and we’d like you to get to know us better. I am married and have three grown stepsons. My husband, Michael Hassan, and I moved to Jackson in late December of […]