Monday, December 22, 2014

Elkhart County History


Theodore Roosevelt's stop in Elkhart

Theodore Roosevelt’s 1912 “whistle stop” tour during the 1912 presidential campaign made a stop in Elkhart. Read on for more about the event and how the campaign changed how political campaigns are run.

Posted on Dec. 8, 2014 at 11:13 a.m.
Wilma Moore

The Indiana Historical Society’s senior archivist, Wilma Moore, will speak on the history of African-Americans in Indiana. The topic ties in with an soon-to-be-released oral history series on local African-American history.

Posted on Nov. 12, 2014 at 4:38 p.m.
Victor Baird

Events coming up at the Elkhart County Historical Museum during November include presentations on caring for family heirlooms, the history of railroading in the Wabash Fourth District and the history of African Americans in Indiana.

Posted on Nov. 4, 2014 at 1:08 p.m.
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Posted on Oct. 31, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.

In honor of Halloween, Elkhart County Historical Museum curator of education and community blogger Patrick McGuire shared a few tales of hauntings in the Elkhart County community.

Posted on Oct. 15, 2014 at 11:44 a.m.

The Gathering at Five Medals, which highlights the history of Elkhart County, will feature over 150 historic reenactors, vendors, demonstrations of traditional cooking and brewing methods, and much more.

Posted on Sept. 25, 2014 at 1:09 p.m.

After studying under the architect who designed the world’s first skyscraper, E. Hill Turnock returned to Elkhart, where he crafted some of the area’s most famous buildings. Read on to learn about the man behind the Ruthmere Mansion, the Elkhart Municipal Building and more.

Posted on Sept. 12, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.

Edward Bonney is known around the area for building the Bonneyville Mill – however, life later led him to become an escaped criminal, a bounty hunter, a detective and a Civil War veteran.

Posted on Sept. 4, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.

We are used to seeing displays and exhibits when we go to museums, but what kind of work goes into making those possible? Here’s a look behind the scenes at the Elkhart County Historical Museum.

Posted on Aug. 20, 2014 at 1:54 p.m.

While some cemeteries receive constant care, others are forgotten and left to face the elements. The Elkhart County Historical Museum shared advice for caring for historic cemeteries and will be hosting a presentation on the topic this week.


Posted on Aug. 10, 2014 at 8:08 a.m.

Amos Kunderd used Goshen as his science lab to produce beautiful gladiolus through hybridization. Selling his flowers from Elkhart County’s seat, he became world famous for his award winning flowers.

Posted on Aug. 1, 2014 at 2:33 p.m.

Believe it or not, an ancient weapon used for hunting animals like mammoths – the atlatl – is believed to have been able to reach speeds of 100 miles per hour. You can try one out at an upcoming Elkhart County Historical Museum event.

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 1:27 p.m.

Before the Elkhart County Historical Museum moved in, the organization’s building served as the Bristol School. Read on for a brief history of the schoolhouse, which had its first year of classes in 1903.

Posted on July 4, 2014 at 6:36 a.m.

Five men who came to Elkhart County after serving in the Continental Army took part in Revolutionary War efforts such as the Boston Tea Party, the Siege of Yorktown and the defense of what’s now known as Independence Hall. 

Elkhart County Historical Museum
The Elkhart County Historical Museum
Operating in Bristol for over 40 years, the Elkhart County Historical Museum fosters appreciation and preservation of local history and culture through exhibits, educational programs, and an accessible library and archives. Staff from the museum will be blogging about what’s going at the museum and all things Elkhart County history.

Bucklen Opera House

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 4:08 p.m.
The Titania

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 6:08 a.m.
landing in France

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 6:27 a.m.
Students at the Bristol School c. 1915

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 7:56 a.m.
Main Street, Elkhart, 1926

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 12:23 p.m.
1924 Model 6-50B Standard Brougham

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.