The Shelby Museum Of History
23 East Main St., Shelby, Ohio 44875
The Shelby Museum of History was organized by a group of women who were members
of "The Questers' Inc.", an organization dedicated to preserving the past. The Museum
was incorporated on March 16, 1976, as a non - profit organization. The dedication was
on June 11, 1976.
The dedication served as a tribute to the memory of Raymond Wilkinson, a well-known
historian and former Shelby Mayor, who often expressed the wish that Shelby have a museum.
At the time of his death, a fund was created by a group of citizens to start the museum
and the city agreed to provide space. His heirs donated his Shelby photographs, paper
and memorabilia collection that pertained to this project and these dedicated Gamble's
Mill Quester members saw the museum come to life.
The museum started in one room, provided by the city of Shelby in what was then the city
building (old Shelby Mutual building) at 23 West Main Street. The museum immediately
outgrew that space and in 1979 moved to the Sutter-Roush room at 23 East Main Street,
which is also owned by the city of Shelby.
Shelby Museum, Shelby, Ohio (Photo 6/2004)
The Shelby Museum of History, Inc. is governed by a Board of Directors. The
original members were: Leonard Waines, Kort Broomhall, Kathryn Douglas,
Ronald and Janet Scheid, Zorada Bussom, and Corene Humphrey.
Volunteers serve as museum caretakers.
Shelby Museum, Shelby, Ohio (Photo 6/2004)
The museum houses a collection of artifacts and memorabilia from businesses and
the people of Shelby, Ohio. Across the street from the museum, in Central Park, is a
log cabin discovered under the siding on a house being razed at 16 Walnut Street. The
cabin was moved and restored in time for Shelby's Sesquicentennial celebration in 1984.
Shelby Museum, Shelby, Ohio (Photo 7/2000)
Shelby Log Cabin, Shelby, Ohio
Shelby Museum, Shelby, Ohio (Photo 7/2000)
Life in Early Shelby (Log Cabin Interior) - as re-enacted for a Shelby Bicycle Days Festival.

Admission to the museum is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
The museum is open from 2 pm to 4 pm, the first Sunday of the month, May - Oct.
and also by appointment. Groups are welcome!
For appointments, please contact Tom Clabaugh at:
You may also also email your questions -
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