Thrift Style

Sponsored locally by Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, Inc.

The traveling exhibition Thrift Style opens in the Keller Gallery at the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum on Thursday February 3 during regular business hours.  This exhibition offers a snapshot of 20th century domestic life, when recycling was as critical as it is today, and it provides one of the best examples of upcycling in our nation’s history. The exhibition is sponsored locally by Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, Inc., who will be showcasing items from their retail stores in a section of the Keller Gallery. 

McKinley Wreath Laying Ceremony

Join us at 12:00pm on January 29, 2022 for a special wreath laying ceremony in honor of President McKinley’s birthday. Weather permitting, the ceremony will take place at the bust of President McKinley, which is located in front of the museum.


This event will also be live streamed on our Facebook page.

Christmas Traditions On-Demand Virtual Program

Join Collections Manager, Kait Bergert, for a special behind the scenes look at iconic Christmas related decor from our collection that is not on display to the public.

New Keller Gallery Exhibition: Why Do We Collect?

“Why Do We Collect?” Exhibition to Open in the Keller Gallery at the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum 


The new Keller Gallery exhibition “Why Do We Collect?” will open to the public on Friday July 16 at the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum.  A virtual opening video will be posted on the Museum’s Facebook page on Thursday July 15.

“Why Do We Collect?” features 30 carefully selected ordinary objects with stories from donors that make them special.  For example, visitors will see a bronze statue of a horse that was a midway game prize at Meyers Lake Amusement Park.  The statue does not have any words on it, which means that its history would have been lost if the donor had not made a special effort to preserve it.

Hidden Gems: An On-Demand Virtual Program!

This virtual event is packed full of fun, featuring TWO HOURS worth of exclusive history and science programming, WITH printable activities presented by McKinley Presidential Library & Museum staff and volunteers. This virtual program will provide a fascinating in-depth look at items we consider “Gems”. These artifacts may be found within our storage areas, or on display around the museum.

2021 Sponsorships: “Lost in the Collection” Virtual Escape Room

Dear Museum Friend,


In September 2020, we hosted our first Virtual Escape Room as our Fall Fundraiser.  Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we actually raised more money than our in-person Fall Fundraiser in 2019!  With the pandemic not quite behind us, we have decided to create a brand new Virtual Escape Room for this year called “Lost in the Collection.”

As I’m sure you are aware, our budget has taken quite a hit during the pandemic.  Our projected budget shortfall at the beginning of 2021 was $187,000.  We have been applying for grants and emergency funding in order to close that gap, but we still need your help.  Our Fall Fundraiser is more important than ever.  I hope we can count on you to be part of our recovery.

We have an amazing interactive event planned!  This is the plot of this new Virtual Escape Room:

Two teenagers visit the museum as a part of a tour. The group begins in the lobby before traveling upstairs to the Stark County Story, where the teens decide to leave the tour. Due to breaking the rules, they are transported back in time, where they have to find clues and solve puzzles in order to return to the present over the course of three time periods: a vintage dollhouse, the newly-built McKinley Monument in 1907, and the Jurassic era.  You will have to help them solve the puzzles to escape!

Science Saturday Workshop: The New Mars Rover

Join us Saturday February 13th from 10-12 or 1-3 to learn about the new NASA expedition of the Mars rover, Perseverance.  Perseverance is set to land on Mars on Feb.18th and it will be the first time in history a helicopter, called Ingenuity, will be hitching a ride. The main science goals of the mission are to look for signs of ancient life on Mars and collect rock samples that could be returned to Earth someday!

There will be a craft and limited planetarium shows available.


This workshop is free with PAID admission.