Celebrating a Century of Service
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Service is at the heart of every Kiwanis club and the new exhibit at the Museum on Main Street celebrates a century of community service of the Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor.
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This nonprofit organization of volunteers is dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. They have been doing that for decades for residents of Washtenaw County with the support of proceeds from the purchase of treasures, toys, household necessities, tools, clothing and one of a kind items from The Thrift Store and Sales.

We hope the Thrift Sale experience re-created in the front room will bring back some wonderful memories of the downtown rummage and thrift sales. And give you an idea of what you can find right now at the Kiwanis Center and Thrift Store on Staebler Road in Ann Arbor. Visitors will learn about the work Kiwanians do and how they do it - from an oversized scrapbook in the Exploration room to photos, art, objects, stories and artifacts throughout the exhibit.

The Museum on Main Street is at 500 N. Main at the corners of Brakes, E. Kingsley and Main Street. Hours are Saturdays and Sundays, Weekday appointments can be accommodated by emailing wchs-1000@ameritech.net or calling 734-662-9092.

Museum on Main Street Covid-19 Safety Measures

Because the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, members and visitors is the highest priority – masks are required indoors when visiting the Museum on Main Street. Free masks are available at the door along with hand sanitizer.

Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor
Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor

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Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor
Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor

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Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor
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Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor
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Opens in Person

Saturday June 5 & Sunday, June 6

The Museum on Main Street

500 N. Main

Ann Arbor, MI

Museum and Exhibit Hours:

The Museum is open on

Saturday and Sunday,
12-4pm. Groups and private tours can be happily accommodated by
emailing the exhibit curator at director@dinnerwaremuseum.org.

The International Museum of Dinnerware Design’s Fourth Biennial Invitational and Juried exhibition, Breakfast, is all about celebrating the first meal of the day.  In addition to work by contemporary artists, historic works from the IMoDD permanent collection will be seamlessly woven throughout the exhibition.  Due to the pandemic, the exhibition will open virtually on April 10th and will be available via Facebook and our website that day.  


At that time, visitors will be welcome to view the exhibition catalogue, photographs, and videos of the exhibition on line. Artist prizes will be announced at the virtual opening. Guests can plan to view the exhibition in person when it is safe to do so following common sense and state guidelines and procedures.  


When the Museum is physically open to the public, hours are weekends noon-4 p.m.  Special tours are welcome by contacting the Museum on Main Street or emailing the exhibition curator.. An in-person closing reception is scheduled for Saturday, August 21st, 2-4 p.m.

Invited Artists: Posey Bacopoulos, Paul Eshelman, Léopold Foulem, Ursula Hargens, Janel Jacobson, David MacDonald, Kate Maury, Dganit Moreno, Jeff Oestreich, S.C. Rolf, Linda Sikora, Malcolm Mobutu Smith, Will Swanson, Debbie Thompson, Ann Tubbs

Juried Artists:  Hadi Abbas, Alice Abrams, Irina Bondarenko, Nancy Bulkley, Elizabeth Coleman, John Cummings, Melanie Doiron, Ruth Easterbrook, Grace Fish, Julianne Harvey, Mei Kiengsiri, Eriko Kobayashi, Sara Lynch, Cara Jean McCarthy, Will McComb, Dana Miller, David Morrison, Rory Nester, Carrie Ohm, Stephanie Osser, Diana Pancioli, Peter Saenger, Shana Salaff, Robin Wilt

This exhibition is a partnership between the International Museum of Dinnerware Design and the Washtenaw County Historical Society’s Museum on Main Street.  Juried prizes are sponsored by “Jiffy Mixes” of Chelsea Milling Company.

November 2019 - February 2020

Connecting Communities: Roads, Bridges & People


This exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Washtenaw County Road Commission. The story was written by Grace Shackman and first appeared in the September issue of the Ann Arbor Observer.  Her words are also on the exhibit panels illustrated with photographs from the Commission, the Ann Arbor District Library, and the Bentley Historical Library. The road commission provided the tools, lights, artifacts, photographs, hard hats, maps, and equipment. The Washtenaw County Historical Society was happy to host and design the exhibit, contribute artifacts from our collection and collaborate with the WCRC to create this fun and family-friendly experience.


online exhibit

The Women's March to
the Ballot Box

We take a look at the passage of the 19th amendment through the lens of historic events, video,photographs, first person accounts, documents and letters.