Vintage Textile Packing Workshop

The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum will host a hands-on vintage textile packing workshop on Saturday October 16 at 1:00 PM.  Participants are invited to bring one item, such as a wedding dress or quilt, to be packed in a museum-quality archival box during the workshop.  The cost is $85 per person and includes one-on-one instruction and all packing materials, including a large archival box and acid-free tissue.

Creek LEAP

Join us for our annual partnership with the Nimishillen Creek Watershed Partners as we hold our Creek LEAP event. This year’s LEAP will be held on Saturday, September 18th from 8:30 until noon. As always Creek LEAP is held in conjunction with International Coastal Cleanup Day.

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!

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.

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