Chelsea Area Historical Museum Seeks Items for 1970s Decade Exhibit

Get ready for a throwback to the 70s, in all their platform shoes and bubble font.

The Chelsea Area Historical Museum is mounting an exhibit on this iconic decade and would like to borrow your relics and treasures.

“Our exhibit will cover the 1960s to 1990s, but we are planning a particular focus on the 70s,” said Glenna Jo Christen, vice president of museum operations at CAHS.

The 1970s was a time that in some ways was a continuation of the tumultuous 1960s and a transition to the 1980s,” she added.

“There were so many era-defining fads, fads and memorable moments – bell bottoms and long dresses, pet rocks and bubble fonts, Watergate and the gas crisis , from “Saturday Night Fever” to “Sweet Home Alabama. ”

The museum would like to borrow things like a record player and albums, posters (like the popular Farrah Fawcett), toys (like a See-n-Play or Atari console), clothing, photos that help tell the story history of that time, and Souvenirs of Vietnam.

“Let us know what you have,” Christen said, “and we’ll take a look.”

The museum will provide documentation to ensure the items are returned.

CAHS Secretary and Expo Co-Chair Janet Ogle-Mater said the items don’t have to be Chelsea-specific and would gladly accept any items from other locations.

“And of course we are also looking for Chelsea related history and would welcome that as a gift. It could be anything from store memorabilia to a varsity jacket to photos,” Ogle-Mater said.

“Too often we think of history as a time in the very distant past, and ignore the times that we personally lived through,” Ogle-Mater said. “But the 1970s was fifty years ago and we want to engage the community in the We look forward to telling the story of its arts and culture, its social and political challenges and daily life in our little hometown.

The organizers would like the objects to be brought to the museum until April, during regular hours, on Saturdays, from noon to 3 p.m. Alternate arrangements could be made for the deposit of artifacts.

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The Chelsea Area Historical Society‘s mission is to collect and preserve the history of the Chelsea area, educate the public, and promote the restoration and preservation of historic buildings and sites for future generations. The museum is located in the 1853 Boyd House at 128 Jackson St., across from the Chelsea Depot. For more information, visit or call 734.476.2010.

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Patrick F. Williams