Are you still shopping for those Christmas gifts? Are you still trying to decide what to get for the person who has "everything"? Do you like to shop local and/or support the local communities? If so, the Chelsea 150th Planning Committee has a few gift suggestions for you!
How about a gift certificate for the soon-to-be-published Chelsea History Book or you can buy the already available Chelsea Elementary Keepsake Cook Book? Orders are currently being taken for this limited edition book that is being compiled in commemoration of the town's upcoming sesquicentennial in 2014. The book will be a beautiful, permanent, hard-bound book of excellent quality. It will contain information covering Chelsea's 150 years of existence with emphasis on the last 25 years. This is a joint community / family history book and will include information and photos from families, members of the military, businesses, churches, social, civic & fraternal organizations, and more! This memorable gift can be ordered now at the early bird price of $40. If you are interested in ordering a book and/or purchasing a gift certificate, you may contact Sheryl Chute at 641-489-2048, or Val Behounek at 641-489-2027.
Another special, one-of-a-kind gift is a quarter, half, or full page in the Chelsea History Book that memorializes or honors your "someone special". This is a wonderful way to pay tribute to your parents, grandparents, or other loved ones. These areas may also be used for advertising your own business or perhaps this could be your gift to your favorite business! Pictures may be included in these spaces. Quarter pages are $45, half pages are $70, and full pages are $120.
Page sponsorships are also available. This is a one-line sponsorship, such as "This page sponsored by the John Doe Family" or "This page sponsored by XYZ Company". It would appear at the bottom of one of the pages in the Chelsea History Book and the cost is just $20.
Another option is to include a memorial photo along with one line of text in the history book. This can be purchased for only $20. You can contact Sheryl Chute or Val Behounek (see phone numbers above) if you are interested in any of these options. Any of these would certainly be a unique and memorable gift.
Perhaps you need a gift that you can wrap and give now? If so, the Chelsea Elementary Keepsake Cookbooks are also available for purchase for $12.50 at the Chelsea Savings Bank in Chelsea, or by calling Janet Balvin at 319-350-9124. This cookbook was published in 2008 as a keepsake to remember the days of the Chelsea Elementary School. It contains not only wonderful recipes, but also a brief history of the school as well as photos of past students, teachers, and other staff.
All proceeds from the sales of the history books, history book pages, and cookbooks will be used to fund the Chelsea Sesquicentennial Celebration that is scheduled for July 25-26, 2014. The town and the committee appreciate your support!
Submitted by Janet Balvin