1843 Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 17th.
1850 Witnessed the launching of the USS Susquehana(later the flagship of Commodore Matthew Perry).
1859 Opening of the Port of Yokohama (where griffis entered and left the country).
As a result of his families financial troubles, he quit high school to work under a jeweler.
1860 Witnessed the arrival of a Japanese delegation in Philadelphia.
1861 Beginning of the American Civil War(Griffis would volunteer twice.
1865 Enters Rutgers College (Rutgers University) in New Brunswick, New Jersey. While there、Griffis would teach at the Rutgers Grammar School he taught two nephews of Yokoi Shōnan as well as the young samurai from Fukui, Kusakabe Taro.
1868 Restoration of Imperial Rule in Japan (Meiji Restoration).
1869 Graduates and enrolls at New Brunswick Theological Seminary.
1870 April, Griffis attends Kusakabe's funeral.
Matsudaira Shungaku, ex-daimyō, contacts Dutch Reformed missionary, Guido Verbeck, to hire someone to teach physical science in Fuku. Rutgers, with its connection to the Dutch Reformed Church, was contacted and recommended Griffis for the position.
Arrives in Yokohama on December 29th at the age of 27.
1871 Arrives in Fukui on March 4th. Lives in a part of a samurai manor not far from the present museum. He begins teaching at the Domain School, Meishinkan, located within Fukui Castle (current Prefectural Office).
August 29th、the formal adoption of haihan-chiken, the abolition of the han system and establishment of the modern prefectures.
September 25th, Griffis moves into his new home (the model for the current museum).
December, at the request of Katsu Kaishu, Griffis recommends his friend E.W. Clark as an instrcutor. Clark begins teaching in Shizuoka.
1872 January 22nd、Griffis departs for Tokyo.
He would then teach for two years at the Nanko School, the precursor to Tokyo Imperial University (now Tokyo University).
His older sister Maggie arrives and begins teaching at Tokyo Women's School the following year.
1873 The original house burns down.
1874 July 18th, he and Maggie depart Yokohama and begin a long journey back to Philadelphia.
1875 Enrolls at Union Theological Seminary in New York.
Publishes his magnum opus, "The Mikado's Empire."
1877 Graduates from seminary school, and is called to the ministry at Schenectady, New York.
1879 Marries Katherine Stanton.
1883 Eldest daughter Lilian is born. First son Stanton born four years later, and second son John Elliott born five years after Stanton.
1886 Joins the ministry at Shawmut Congregational Church, Boston, Massachusetts.
1893 Called to the ministry at the First Congregational Church, Ithaca, New York.
1898 Wife Katherine passes away.
1900 Marries Sarah Francis King.
1903 Retires from the ministry to focus on writing.
1908 Receives the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette.
1915 Publishes "The Mikado" (ミカド).
1926 Returns to Japan in December with wife Sarah.
Receives Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon.
1927 Visits Fukui from 4/25~29. Returns to the U.S. in June.
1928 Passes away on February 2nd in Winter Park, Florida, at the age of 84.
1929 Sarah King gifts a sundial clock to Fukui City, which is placed on Asuwa Mountain in 1934.
1936 The remaining Ijinkan burns down.
1975 The Fukui Junior Chamber of Commerce sends a delegation to visit the gravesite of Kusakabe Taro in New Brunswick, NJ.
1976 Stone monument erected outside the Fukui City Library to commemorate Griffis and Kusakabe. It has been relocated beside the Griffis Museum.
1977 Fukui City Mayor Otake Yukio visits New Brunswick and delivers a donation to restore the gravesite of Kusakabe Taro.
1981 Fukui University and Rutgers University enter an exchange agreement.
1982 Fukui City and the City of New Brunswick, New Jersey, become sister cities.
2015 The Fukui City Griffis Museum opens in October.