In just one day, we want to raise $9000 to pay for the field trip admission for 1300 Canton City School District 2nd and 3rd graders, as soon as it is safe for field trips to happen again —and we can’t do it without you.

Each year on #GivingTuesday, nonprofit organizations rally their supporters for a day of maximum impact. Following the retail events of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday provides an opportunity for people around the world to support what matters most to them and share that support with their social media networks.


Any additional funds we raise for #GivingTuesday will be placed in the Christopher J. Kenney Memorial Bus Fund, which provides scholarships to cover the cost of field trip transportation to underprivileged schools. It was one of Chris’s dreams to increase access to our museum by removing the barriers that exist in funding transportation for field trips. His legacy will live on as we award bus scholarships each year to schools who would not normally be able to visit.


We have set up McKinley-related giving levels, but you can donate any amount you wish.  We are offering some FREE GIFTS too!


We hope you will consider a donation to the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum on #GivingTuesday!  We have created the following special giving categories that relate to events in President McKinley’s life (MOBILE USERS SCROLL to the SIDE):

Click Here To Donate


William McKinley was born in Niles, Ohio in 1843.
McKinley joined the Army to fight in the Civil War in 1861.

FREE GIFT:  McKinley National Memorial magnet.

McKinley was first elected to Congress in 1876.

FREE GIFT:  Two admission tickets.

William McKinley Shaking Hands

McKinley was elected President of the United States in 1896.

FREE GIFT: Four admission tickets

There are 108 steps leading up to the McKinley Monument.

FREE GIFT:  Family membership (Already a member? Give it as a gift!)

After you have donated, PLEASE SHARE why you support the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum on social media #GivingTuesday #MoreThanAMonument #McKinleyMuseum @McKinleyMuseum.  Increase your impact by encouraging your friends and family to make a donation!

FREE Virtual Exhibit Opening

The new Keller Gallery exhibition “Colors!” opens at the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum on Thursday October 1. There will be a virtual exhibition opening on the Museum’s Facebook page that evening at 6:00 PM.

“Colors!” features artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection that are grouped by color, ranging from vintage dresses and hats to glassware and china.

In these difficult times, we thought it would be fun to create an exhibition that showcases artifacts based on color,” said Executive Director Kim Kenney. The selection criteria was simple: each artifact had to be mostly a single color, which we have displayed in the order of the rainbow. Most of these artifacts would not normally be displayed together, and some of them are on view for the very first time.

“Colors!” will be on view in the Keller Gallery through March 7, 2021.


Science Saturday: Monster Bash

Science Saturdays Return at the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum with a “Monster Bash”.


The popular series Science Saturdays returns to the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum on October 10, with modifications to keep guests safe during the coronavirus pandemic.  The theme is “Monster Bash.”  It is free with paid admission to the Museum.


This workshop will be held on from 10:00 to 11:00 AM and again from 2:00 to 3:00 PM.   Space is limited and registration is required.  Participants can register at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/science-saturday-workshop-monster-bash-tickets-121530104815


Informational booths and make and take craft booths will be set up throughout the Auditorium and Discover World to ensure safe social distancing. Learn how to track Bigfoot and what to do if vampires are near.  Guests can step on Bigfoot’s footprint and make an Egyptian cartouche.


This is a one-hour open-house style workshop. Masks must be worn at all times and social distancing at booths will be required. The booths will be deep cleaned between the morning and afternoon sessions. 

Out- of This- World News:

The William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum is pleased to announce the Hoover -Price Planetarium will be open for limited shows!



Saturday, October 17, 2020

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Friday, November 27, 2020 

Saturday, November 28, 2020


Times & Descriptions:

10:00 am & 11:00 am Cosmic Kids: Constellations, planets, light show & music. Approximately 15 minutes in length. Great for ages 3 & up.

2:00 pm & 3:00 pm – Universe at Large: Monthly highlights, latest news, and night sky tour. Approximately 30 minutes in length. Ages 7 & up.


Register online with the links below for your free ticket with museum admission. Must have separate planetarium ticket to attend presentation. Limit of ten spots per show.

Cosmic Kids: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cosmic-kids-hoover-price-planetarium-tickets-123060847307 

Universe at Large: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/123194781909


The following safety guidelines will be in place:

Guests & presenter will be required to wear a mask.

Guests will be seated 6 feet apart from other groups. 

Surfaces will be cleaned after each program.  

We will have a morning & afternoon rotation of seating arrangements, allowing us to clean every seat section after both the morning & afternoon shows.

The planetarium is well ventilated.


Visit the William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum website, www.mckinleymuseum.org, for additional future dates to be announced. 

Mischief in the Street: A Virtual Escape Room Fundraiser

Join President McKinley and a cast of suspicious characters as you, and your team, virtually solve the mystery of his stolen watch! A bonus feature of this event is that you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own home, while supporting our museum!


We are hosting a Virtual Escape Room titled “Mischief in the Street.” In order to Escape the Virtual Room, you and your team will encounter a series of clues, puzzles, and riddles that will need to be solved to catch a thief and virtually “move” through the Street of Shops to escape.


The Virtual Escape Room will be played in teams of 8-10 people. If you want to assemble your own team, please purchase all of your tickets at once. If you don’t have a group to play with, we will group people together in virtual teams. Get tickets with this link.


Materials Needed:
Internet Browser
A Zoom Account (Free Version works)
At least 1 Desktop Computer or Laptop per team (iPad/smartphone/Chromebook can work, but might not have access to all features within the Escape Room)
Microphone (to be able to talk to other team members)

Optional Materials: Webcam, Paper & Pencil

Christopher J. Kenney Memorial Bus Fund

Christopher J. Kenney, 46, passed away on Christmas Eve, surrounded by his family, following a courageous battle with cancer. Donations can be made to the Christopher J. Kenney Memorial Bus Scholarship Fund which through a grant program will fulfill Chris’s dream of providing transportation funds for schools who cannot afford a field trip because of the high cost of busing.

Those who would like to contribute to the fund may do so HERE.

McKinley Museum and Monument Opening June 16

The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum will re-open on Tuesday June 16 at 9:00 AM with new hours and policies in place in response to COVID-19.

The Museum will be open from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 to 4:00 PM from Tuesday through Saturday.  Guests will need to choose a morning or afternoon time slot to visit the Museum.  The Museum will be CLOSED from 12:00 – 1:00 PM to disinfect high touch areas in all public spaces.  The Museum will be closed on Sunday and Monday.

“Keeping our guests safe is our top priority,” said Executive Director Kim Kenney.  “Staff will be using Quat-Stat 5, a hospital-grade, one-step disinfectant virucide cleaner, to disinfect our exhibits, railings, door handles, etc. throughout the day, but we will be doing a deep disinfecting process twice a day.  We will close for one hour between our morning and afternoon visitation slots, and we will repeat this process before we open the next day at 9:00 AM.”

In order to provide a safe environment for social distancing, admission will be based on 50% of the Museum’s building capacity.  The Museum will be selling a maximum of 220 admissions for each time slot.  Guests must choose ONE time slot to visit.  Morning visitors will not be permitted to return for the afternoon time slot.  Reservations are not available at this time, and tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

“There are some exhibits that are difficult or impossible for us to keep clean during this time,” said Kenney.  “Please be aware that some areas of the Museum will not be open.   To avoid gathering too many people in a small space, all science shows and planetarium shows have been suspended until at least Labor Day.”

Guests will be required to stand 6 feet apart while in line to purchase admission tickets.  Depending on the size of a family, the Museum can accommodate 1-2 families in line inside.  Visitors will be asked to wait on the front porch of the Museum until there is space for the next party to enter the building.

All visitors will be required to wear masks at all times inside the Museum to protect each other and Museum staff and volunteers who are in vulnerable populations.  Single-use masks will be available at the Admissions Window for $1.00, which is below cost.


The Auditorium will be closed until further notice, so no outside food or beverages will be permitted in the building.  Guests can use the outdoor picnic tables, but they must maintain proper social distance between family groups.

“We have added hand sanitizer stations throughout the building, and we encourage our visitors to use them often,” said Kenney. “To help us maintain a safe environment, we are asking our guests to refrain from unnecessarily touching surfaces in our building as much as possible.”

Museum Shoppe guests will be required to use hand sanitizer before entering the Museum Shoppe.  Guests will be limited to 5 at a time inside the Museum Shoppe.  Curbside pick-up is available for Museum Shoppe purchases made online or over the phone.

We will not be able to accept artifact donations without an appointment until further notice.  If you are interested in donating artifacts or archival materials, please call 330-455-7043 and ask for Collections Manager Kait Bergert for 3D objects and Archivist Mark Holland for paper-based donations.

“The staff has spent a lot of time during our closure brainstorming how to keep everyone safe when we re-open,” said Kenney.  “Our new policies represent best practices in the museum field in response to COVID-19.  We are excited to welcome visitors back into our building, and we want everyone to know that we take your health and safety very seriously.”



The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum is located at 800 McKinley Monument Dr NW in Canton.  The Keller Gallery is the Museum’s temporary exhibition space and features a variety of topics each year.  The Museum also includes the McKinley National Memorial, McKinley Gallery, Street of Shops, The Stark County Story, Discover World, and the Hoover-Price Planetarium.  The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 to 4:00. The Museum is closed Sunday and Monday.


McKinley Museum Employee Fund

Help the McKinley Museum pay its dedicated staff during the Coronavirus shutdown.

We hope you can help support them with a donation. Learn more HERE.

Soup at Six–The True Story of Thanksgiving

What was the first Thanksgiving REALLY like?  Spoiler alert:  it was nothing like you’ve been taught!  On Thursday, November 14 at 6:00 PM learn the true story of Thanksgiving with Executive Director Kim Kenney.  What was available to eat in 17th century colonial America?  Sign up for this Soup to find out!

This exciting evening begins with one of our signature soups, fresh baked bread, drinks and dessert.

The program begins at 6:00 PM. Cost is $20.  Pre-paid reservations are required.  Please call 330-455-7043 or purchase your tickets online.

Walk with the President

Our “Walk with President McKinley” is now available ONLINE! Click below to begin your adventure with President McKinley!