Saturday, November 22, 2014

Elkhart County History


 Wilma Moore, senior archivist of African-American history at the Indiana Historical Society, will present her program

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.
 Author Victor Baird will be presenting information on his book

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.
 The Bristol Opera House is supposedly haunted by Percy, a woodworker who lived in the opera house after his home burned down during the Great Depression.

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. 31, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.
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 The event will take place on October 18-19: Join the Gathering
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.

 The First Presbyterian Church highlighted Turnock's ability to incorporate high styles of architecture.
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.

 A historic photo of Bonneyville Mill, which will be the focus on Bonneyville Heritage Day on September 13th.
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.

 After being taken off exhibit, this trumpet will go through an important process that includes documentation, condition reports, cleaning and proper storage. Check out the tools of a collections worker that'll be used to care for this instrument.
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.

 This historic photo is of Grace Lawn Cemetery in Elkhart. The historic cemetery has had problems with restoration and preservation in the past.
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.


 Amos Kunderd is seen here presenting a basket of his award winning flowers to President Calvin Coolidge. He asked the president if he could name a flower after the first lady, which Coolidge agreed to.
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.

 This illustration shows how an atlatl would be used to throw a spear.
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.

 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.
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.

 Buried in Bonneyville Cemetery, William Tuffs was part of the Boston Tea Party and served during the Revolution and the War of 1812.
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. 

 The Bucklen  Opera House was built in 1884 and had famous performers like John Phillip Sousa and Harry Houdini grace the stage.
Posted on June 25, 2014 at 4:08 p.m.

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.

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.


Posted on June 13, 2014 at 6:08 a.m.
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Posted on June 6, 2014 at 6:27 a.m.
 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.
 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.
 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.
 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.