Out of an abundance of caution and in support of public health goals, the Shelby County Historical Museum will be closed to the public until further notice.
Staff will continue to work and will be reachable by email and by calling the museum.
Looking for something to do while you are stuck at home? Our Shelby County History Kids Activity Packet is the perfect way to pass time! We have all different types of activities to do at home in this packet. There are Shelby County related crosswords, word searches, fact sheets, coloring pages and more! Use this link to download your free activity packet!
If you complete this activity. Post a picture of you and your completed activities to one of our social media accounts by tagging us Facebook @ShelbyCountyHistoricalSocietyandMuseum, Instagram @shelbyco_museum or Twitter @shelbyco_museum. You can also email the picture to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will get a free prize! The prizes can be delivered within Harlan or arranged for a contact-free pickup.
While our museum is currently closed to the public, we would like to show you a few things the Shelby County Historical Museum has to offer. The below slide show holds a few of our favorite pieces throughout our collection. Read through the descriptions to learn about the pieces and their importance to Shelby County!
Featured Artifact: Tinsley Register This National cash register oversaw many transactions for engagement rings and anniversary gifts throughout this county's history. The Tinsley family served as well-respected jewelers on the north side of the Harlan Square 1873-1977. But things are not always as they seem. Several years after this cash register entered our collection, a visitor who had worked at Tinsley's helped us to open the stuck drawer. Inside we found several checks that had fallen behind waiting to be cashed.