Jake Menghini Historical Museum | 105 Odill Drive, Norway, Michigan

Open to the Public


Tour Fees:

Adults: $5.00

Under 18 is FREE

Membership Fees:

Single (adult, yearly or renewal) $10.00

Single (adult, lifetime) $100.00

*All memberships are non-transferrable.*

Hours of Operation

Tours Available:

Wednesday: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Friday: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Saturday: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Contact Us

Main Office: 906-563-5586

Email: jakeslemusee@gmail.com

Museum Director: Mark Sertich

Hours: 9:00 AM - Noon 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

Visit the museum for "Photography Thru the Ages" this summer.

Our center display will display the various cameras and filmography devices donated through the years. Of special interest are the camera displays of Edwin "Chief" Meneghini and Robert Williams. 

Edwin "Chief" Meneghini (1918-1997) was a lifelong resident of Norway and worked as the police chief for many years. He had a life long interest in photography. He was the proprietor of the "Shutter Shop" for several years and also contributed pictures to both the Norway Current and The Daily News. "Chief" was, also, a beloved mentor to a few other area photographers. 

Robert Williams (1920-2011) served overseas in the Army during WWII (1942-1945), earning a bronze star. His main job was to take aerial photographs for use by the cartographers. In 1962, he settled his family in Vulcan and he began working for the Norway Current Print Shop. 

Read more in our Newseum about "Photography Thru the Ages". Each month this season, the museum will showcase area photographers. 

June: Karen Klenke will showcase her well known photo artistry. She's an area favorite for portraits and her area scenic photos have earned her some rewards. 

July: Mary Spera has long graced Norway with her community event shots of games, picnics, etc., that are often in local newspapers but did you know she was a talented scenic photographer as well?

August: Diane Westrich of Vulcan is a four-seasons photographer who loves the outdoors and nature. Her eyes and camera lens gravitate towards interesting sunsets, flowers, and landscapes. 

October 4 (Leif Erikson Day) features, Alex Melelli, a Norway graduate. He is a talented wildlife photographer and avid bird watcher. He is excited to share his work with his hometown. 


"Karen Klenke"

Collage of pictures from Mary spera


"Mary Spera"


"Diane Westrich"

October 4

(Leif Erikson Day)

"Alex Melelli"

Museum Happenings

High School Volunteers

This winter our director, Mark and board member, Joanne Sternhagen, partnered with Joe Tinti (Norway High School principal) and recruited youth volunteers. Learn how to earn volunteer credit hours towards graduation in The Newseum, refer to page six

Please welcome our NHS summer volunteers: 

Lauren Adams, Gabe Boivin, Deanna Cruz, Marissa Pipp, Jenna Ramlow, and Tori Trudeau

Music on the Farm

Tuesday, July 16th on the museum grounds. Expand the Google calendar below to learn more on times for museum tours and the ice cream social. 

9-11 / Middle East Committee Forming

Mindy is needing four to five volunteers to begin planning a "9/11", 25th anniversary event and display for 2026. If you or somebody you known from our community (Norway / Vulcan / Hermansville / Menominee Range) has served in Desert Storm, Iraq or Afghanistan, please have them email Mindy at mindythorn@yahoo.com

This is another great opportunity for our youth as their parents and even grandparents to share stories. Let's capture them now!

Vintage Tappan Coal Stove, 1922 No. 220 Frost Killer For Sale

We have a duplicate Tappan coal stove that we have for sale. This is a vintage 1922, No. 220 Tappan Stove made in Mansfield, Ohio. We are asking $300.00 or best offer. Please contact Mark with questions at 906-563-5586 or by email at jakeslemusee@gmail.com

For Sale: Year 1922 No. 220 Front Killer Coal Stove, Vintage

We are on YouTube! 

If you would like to add a video from one of our events throughout the year to our channel, please send your request to the Jake Menghini Historical Museum technical support team by filling out this form. All videos are credited to the video owner. The videos are being shared by the museum only with consent from the owner.  Open YouTube, search for @jakemenghinihistoricalmuseum and select Subscribe.