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.

Job Announcement: Gift Shoppe Co-Manager

Stark County Historical Society

800 McKinley Monument Drive NW

Canton, Ohio 44708

(330) 455-7043 

January 4, 2021


Job Announcement


Position: Gift Shoppe Co-Manager

Available: Immediately (Apply by Jan. 15, 2021)

Immediate Supervisor: Executive Director

Salary: $12 per hour

Hours: Part-time (10:00 am to 4:00 pm during operational hours on weekdays and/or weekends.)


Mission Statement: The vision of the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum Gift Shoppe is to provide supplemental revenue for our organization. Our mission of the Gift Shoppe is to establish opportunities for a continuation of the museum experience by offering unique and educational merchandise.


Job Overview/Description: The Gift Shoppe Co-Manager will be responsible for organizing and managing the day-to-day operations of our small, non-profit retail shop, which is located inside the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum. This person will oversee support personnel, implement effective inventory control policies and procedures, as well as utilize engaging merchandising techniques to generate revenue for our institution. The Gift Shoppe Co-Manager should be an individual with excellent communication skills, and who will be reliable and flexible. This position will be a part-time hourly position, conducted primarily during operational hours for the museum on weekdays and/or weekends.  Occasional participation with special evening or virtual events may occur, and will be essential to support the museum’s educational goals and community out-reach endeavors. 


Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED).
  • 1-2 years of supervisory experience related to retail sales, and the foundations of customer service principles and procedures.
  • Proficient with current data processing applications, such as Microsoft or Google Suite software.
  • Able to operate a computerized Point of Sale (POS) cash register or able to learn how to use.
  • Knowledge of effective business and accounting procedures.
  • Able to establish a budget and maintain inventory that will promote the museum’s educational values.
  • Incorporate marketing plans for online, and in-store merchandise, as well as promotional events.
  • Able to multitask while ensuring attention to detail, as well as maintain a high attention to providing excellent customer service
  • Able to maintain moderate physical activity levels for periods of time, and lift boxes up to 25 pounds. 


Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Greet and assist visitors in person, over the phone, and online.
  • Answer questions related to the museum and surrounding area. 
  • Communicate to visitors, staff, and the community about current promotional events and advertisements of merchandise.
  • Supervise and guide support personnel on efficient visual merchandising techniques.
  • Identify alternative resources to enhance educational opportunities in order to partner with community members/organizations.
  • Prepare and maintain annual budgets to achieve financial objectives in order to maximize yearly revenue and minimize expenditures.  
  • Develop and implement plans for a yearly capital and replacement campaign. 
  • Maintain accurate sales receipts and revenue reports to be given to the accountant and other museum stakeholders. 
  • Process purchase orders and invoices in a timely manner. 
  • Track sales and analyze variances of inventory and marketing trends.
  • Record daily sales receipts and track monthly income. 
  • Determine marketing strategy.
  • Display merchandise in an engaging manner that is accessible for all visitors. 
  • Formulate price, and mark inventory.
  • Identify current and future product trends.
  • Order/reorder/move products for fresh merchandise. 
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with vendors.
  • Product development: Research new products, create new products
  • Process online and mail order requests. 


To Apply:

Interested candidates may apply by filling in this form at . (Apply by Jan. 15, 2021)

Best regards,

Brandy Smith

Gift Shoppe Manager

Temporary Gift Shoppe Hours

Beginning January 5, 2021 the museum Gift Shoppe will be temporarily changing their hours to 10:00am to 12:00pm, and will reopen again from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.  We are closed on Sunday and Monday’s. The new hours will be until February 27th, 2021.
Please check out our online shoppe at New items are being added!

New Planetarium Shows!

Four times options are available for each of the dates listed below. The programs are free with museum admission. Additionally, each program is limited to 10 guests on a first come, first serve basis.


Saturday, December 19, 2020

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Saturday, January 2, 2021


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 space science news, and night sky tour. Approximately 30 minutes in length. Ages 7 & up.

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 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.