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 Washington Township School was the first consolidated school in Elkhart County. Construction on it began in 1903, and the school opened in 1904. At the time, the building replaced eight one-room schools in the township.

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 11, 2014 at 1:27 p.m.
 Buried in Bonneyville Cemetery, William Tuffs was part of the Boston Tea Party and served during the Revolution and the War of 1812.

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. 


Posted on July 4, 2014 at 6:36 a.m.
 The Bucklen  Opera House was built in 1884 and had famous performers like John Phillip Sousa and Harry Houdini grace the stage.

Herbert Bucklen made his fortune in Elkhart in the 19th century. Even though he left Elkhart for Chicago, he invested his riches into improving the city with the construction of the Bucklen Opera House and the Hotel Bucklen.


Posted on June 25, 2014 at 4:08 p.m.
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Posted on June 13, 2014 at 6:08 a.m.

Before cars were popularized, Goshen’s thriving Ariel Cycle Manufacturing Company produced thousands upon thousands of high-quality bicycles used worldwide. 

 

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Posted on June 6, 2014 at 6:27 a.m.

Seventy years ago today, on June 6, 1944, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, in what would be the beginning of the end of World War II in Europe. Here are some stories from local men who were there.

 In this photo, a group of students in Bristol stand with their teacher Edna Menges Ringler.
Posted on May 30, 2014 at 7:56 a.m.

While learning in school has changed a lot throughout history, many things have stayed the same.

 This photo is of Main Street in Elkhart. It was taken in 1926 and is looking north from Tyler Street. The hustle and bustle of businesses, streetcars and automobiles seems like much was happening in Elkhart. Spot which buildings still stand along the street, and learn about efforts underway at Indiana Landmarks to preserve significant buildings at the Elkhart County Historical Museum on May 22.
Posted on May 20, 2014 at 12:23 p.m.

With Indiana Landmarks’ Todd Zeiger speaking about Indiana’s 10 most endangered landmarks at the Elkhart County Historical Museum this week, the museum’s curator of education explained why historic preservation is important to a community.

 In the 1920s Elcar produced a luxury line of automobiles which proved initially successful, but would add to Elcar's demise by the 1930s.
Posted on May 9, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.

As summer car shows are starting up soon, the Elkhart County Historical Museum shared the history of Elkhart's main contribution to automobile history: Elcar.

 Come to trivia night at the Elkhart County Historical Museum, Thursday May 8th at 7:00 pm!
Posted on May 1, 2014 at 4:16 p.m.

With the Elkhart County Historical Museum hosting a trivia night on May 8, we've explored some history on trivia itself. We've also posted the answers to some of the questions that'll be asked at the event so you can get a jump on the competition.

 This stone near in the Baintertown section of River Preserve County Park commemorates the Potawatomi Chief Five Medals.
Posted on April 22, 2014 at 11:27 a.m.

This weekend, re-enactors will go to River Preserve County Park for the Gathering at Five Medals: Spring Campout. The Elkhart County Historical Museum is often asked what Five Medals refers to – here's the answer.

 

 The Sunnyside Subdivision was completely destroyed after the Palm Sunday Tornadoes.
Updated on April 11, 2014 at 3:20 p.m.

Forty-nine years ago, on April 11, 1965, tornadoes ripped through the state, killing 271 people and injuring 1,500. Read on for the Elkhart County Historical Museum's account of the storm. 

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.


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